I think LA will do a SnT with Howard for Josh Smith and a couple of pieces. LA will have their 4 and move Pau to the 5. Atl can move Horford to the 4 and Howard at the 5. I think this is more likely if the Lakers don't make the playoffs and they can't find a sucker for Pau.
I don't think Howard likes the lights of LA bearing down on him. It's one thing to hang out with Mickey . . it's quite another having Kobe chew your arse if things go sideways. Nobody on the Magic could do that. . . well, . . .SVG tried and look where he is.
If he signs a long term deal, he's the franchise player people will point at, regardless of Kobe. Kobe's established himself bascially beyond raproach (sp) at this point in his career because of his work ethic. I don't see Howard putting in that time during the offseason like Kobe does, especially after Howard worked all last summer on his back.
I just don't think Howard resigns, and once that gets out, whatch out for the Kobe Stare !!
And just to throw in the conspiracy, I could see him and CP3 in Atlanta. Don't know what the Clips could get, they've got Bledsoe to fill in (I'm NOT comparing the 2). I don't see anything on Atlanta's roster that the clips would be interested in though.