Originally Posted by bladefd
He cannot say it even if it was the Lakers because it is against the nba rules. He already is under a previous contract, and he wants to become a free-agent. He can't say RIGHT NOW who he is going to sign with AFTER he becomes a free-agent, even if he will stay with the Lakers.
Remember, he wants to sign for more money and more years with a brand new deal. He does not want a contract extension for less money and less years. Due to that, he has to make it seem as if he is keeping his options open.
Otherwise, the NBA can say he is not allowed to re-sign with the Lakers as a free-agent (if other owners complain). I'm sure his agent made that clear to Howard. Howard is not an idiot.
Don't think that's how it works. Players constantly say that they plan on resigning with the team. All the time. Non stop. Never get in any trouble. It's only against the rules if they play for one them then say they plan on signing with another. Then there's possible collusion and inappropriate contact questions.