Dwight Howard isn't going anywhere yet. But if he did, where might he go?
No, I'm not talking about 2012 free agency for once. I'm talking about lockout overseas options. Howard, in an interview with Marca.com was asked about what he might do if he went overseas to play.
If you play overseas, I have the hunch that you would choose China rather than Europe. Dwight Howard: Yes, I think China has more options. I've thought about it, but not in depth. The issue is the potential of injury.By "options," I think what Howard means to say is, "money." China will likely have a lot more money.
Howard, like a select few other NBA stars, has global appeal and will be a big star anywhere he goes. It's pretty unlikely he actually would sign overseas as he has a whole lot at stake this upcoming season. He even acknowledged the injury issue in his answer.
Of course Kobe Bryant is huge in China and Kevin Durant is currently there as part of a promotional Nike tour, so there's no doubt the NBA is huge there. And with the population and overall money in a lot of the major franchises, if Howard were really serious, I'm sure he'd fine a healthy payday if he went to China. Though like so many players, I think he's just playing the "If the lockout goes on, I'll look at stuff" line.
But China as an option is interesting, mainly because of Howard going to China because of the door opened by the recently retired Yao. Fitting, sort of.