Dwight Howard expressed frustrations with Mike D'Antoni to Lakers' GM

Ronald Martinez

The unpredictable big man has some apparent trust issues when it comes to the Lakers' head coach. How will it affect his pending status in free agency?

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard hasn't said much in the media since an unceremonious end to the 2012-13 season, but when it came to what could be a final meeting between he and Lakers management, he voiced several concerns, many of which centered around head coach Mike D'Antoni.

Howard met separately with general manager Mitch Kupchak and head coach Mike D'Antoni following the end-of-season exit interviews, according to ESPN Los Angeles. Once D'Antoni left and Howard was able to speak with Kupchak alone, he let him know he was unhappy with the way D'Antoni overlooked him to be a team leader.

Veterans Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash were the primary consultants on matters related to the Lakers' troubles during a tumultuous season, which upset Howard, according to the report. The fact that Howard wasn't a part of such dealings could factor in on whether or not he chooses to re-sign with the Lakers once free agency begins in July.

He wasn't happy about it, and now Lakers fans and the rest of the league have to play the waiting game to see what happens next. D'Antoni's earlier move to dismiss assistant coaches Steve Clifford and Chuck Person could also factor in, as Howard confided in both during the season.

The saga wears on, and these latest developments don't make Howard's assertion that he's "hopeful" seem any more concrete.

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