Report: Warriors 'made real impression' with Dwight Howard

  • Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard makes his way down the court during overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The Lakers won 99-95. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Do the Warriors have a legitimate shot at landing top free agent center Dwight Howard? A report by ESPN's Marc Stein indicates Golden State is definitely in the running.

The Warriors were one of five teams to meet with Howard this week, including the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. Most experts predict Howard's most likely choice is the Rockets or Lakers, but Stein reported Wednesday on Twitter that the Warriors are "a factor."

From Stein's Twitter feed: "First surprise of week on Dwight front: Sources say Golden State made real impression on Howard in their meeting and have become a factor

"Rockets/Mavs clearly still have better shot to steal Dwight from Lakers than Warriors. But Dubs, I'm told, have forced way into conversation

"Lakers still insisting NO to all sign-and-trades. HARD for GSW even if Lakers willing. But Warriors clearly didn't visit D12 just for show"

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