Howard on free agency: ‘I don’t want to play for free anymore’

Lakers center Dwight Howard dribbles upcourt during a game vs. the Spurs.

Dwight Howard is coming off a championship — his first — with the Los Angeles Lakers. But now he wants to get paid.

From the sounds of things, a larger deal may be more important to Howard than returning to the Lakers. He will be a free agent when the market opens Friday.

“I would love to come back and play for the Lakers again. Hopefully, this year, they give me a contract; that’s the biggest thing,: Howard told former NBA big man Etan Thomas. “I don’t want to play for free anymore. This year, it was like, ‘OK, I’ll do whatever.’ But I think I’ve earned… a contract.”

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Sam Amico
Sam Amico is the founder and senior writer of Amico Hoops. He has covered the NBA on a full-time basis for both Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports, and has been a regular contributor to CBS Sports, the Boston Herald and

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