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Dwight Howard Sending More Mixed Signals? Not Really

The latest news making waves on the Dwight Howard situation involves Howard's agent telling ESPN.com's Ric Bucher that his client won't sign an extension with anyone and will test free agency no matter what team he might be traded to this season.

"Dwight's position has remained unchanged since the end of this past season," said Dan Fegan of LaGardere Unlimited. "He fully intends to explore free agency at the end of next season, regardless of what team trades for him, including Brooklyn."

Of course he is going to become a free agent and he should. He has about $40 million reasons too.

If Howard re-signs with Orlando or any team this season then he is capped out at a three year deal or significantly less than the approximate five-year, $108 million dollar deal that he can get after the season. Its the same reason that once upon a time Joe Johnson turned down a four-year $60 million offer so he could cash in during the summer of 2010. It is also the same reason that Josh Smith won't be signing an extension with any team until this summer.

So in other words Fegan is just stating the obvious here. Nothing new to report, move along.

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