However, the Golden State Warriors are among contenders expected to be interested in luring Howard away from the Lakers this offseason, Charania adds.
The three-time Defensive Player of the Year primarily occupied a reserve role behind JaVale McGee in Los Angeles' frontcourt rotation, serving as an important rebounding and shot-blocking presence.
Howard averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 69 regular-season contests. The 34-year-old helped close out the Western Conference finals against the Denver Nuggets with strong performances in Games 4 and 5, then started in five of the six Finals games.
The veteran big man has bounced around the league quite a bit recently. If Howard were to sign with a new team, he'd be joining a sixth organization in as many seasons.