The Warriors have begun trying to unload contracts on teams with cap space to make room for Dwight Howard. Does that mean they've been told they're getting Dwight Howard?


League sources tell that Golden State has offered the likes of Andrew Bogut, Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson to the Hawks, Cavaliers and Jazz. The Warriors would have to unload two of the three in order to clear enough space to land Howard in a straight free-agent signing, and Atlanta, Cleveland and Utah essentially are the only teams with that kind of room.

It's important to note that the Warriors, according to multiple league sources familiar with the discussions, have indicated that their attempts to clear space are only a pre-emptive strike in the event Howard agrees to leave the Lakers for the Bay Area. Though the Warriors came out of their pitch meeting with Howard and his representatives encouraged by how their message was received, Howard's camp has not delivered any indications about what his decision might be.

Howard and his close circle of advisers, including agents Dan Fegan and Happy Walters, are holed up in Aspen, Colo., to decide the All-Star center's free-agent future. Howard is deciding whether to re-sign with the Lakers or bolt for the Rockets, Mavericks, Hawks or Warriors.