One incentive for the Atlanta Hawks to keep Josh Smith around is to make the team a more attractive destination for Smith's pal and fellow Atlanta native Dwight Howard, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. However, ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that Howard has "little interest" in joining the Hawks despite those ties.

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As the Los Angeles Lakers trudge through their massively underachieving season, Howard's future with the franchise becomes more and more uncertain. The general consensus for now is that Howard will end up re-signing with the Lakers because, after all, they can offer another year and about $20 million more on a new deal than any other team.