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Dwight Howard will not visit the Warriors when free agency opens, contrary to an earlier report

Dwight Howard will not visit the Warriors when free agency opens, contrary to an earlier report, a source familiar with Howard's thinking says. Warriors owner Joe Lacob hinted -- he can't do more without risking a fine from the league -- that the team would welcome the chance to meet with Howard, but it's easy to see why going to Golden State would be problematic for Howard. The only way they could get him would be via a sign-and-trade with the Lakers, which means he wouldn't be joining the same Warriors' team that did so well last season. As is, the Warriors can't even be sure they're going to be that team with Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack on the free-agent market as well. For now, the only serious suitors appear to be the Lakers, Rockets and Mavericks; I know the Hawks have been repeatedly mentioned but they make so much less sense than the first three. If there's a reason for Howard even to consider them at this point, it's simply to do a favor for the new Atlanta regime -- LeBron allowed the Clippers similar meaningless shine in 2010 -- or to generate some goodwill in his hometown. Advertising you're open to coming home, after all, is a hell of a lot better than dismissing it out of hand, at least from a public-perception standpoint. - Ric Bucher

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