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Stein: Warriors "Insist" They Will Not Be Pursuing Dwight Howard

A general view of the Golden State Warriors arena.

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Dwight Howard was traded to the Brooklyn Nets earlier this month. After the deal, Howard and the Nets reportedly began negotiations on a buyout.

If Howard gets bought out, most people expect him to join a team with a chance of contending. Howard has been around a long time but still has yet to win a ring.

Many have thrown the Golden State Warriors out as a possible destination. At least one Golden State beat writer has shot down that possibility, and now New York Times NBA insider Marc Stein has done the same.

According to Stein, the Warriors "continue to insist" they aren't going after Howard.

And what about the two-time defending champions from Golden State? The Warriors, for the record, continue to insist that they will not be pursuing Dwight Howard in free agency despite persistent rumblings to the contrary. So how will they revamp their bench after wrapping up their long-anticipated new deal with Kevin Durant?

Is Golden State denying its interest in Howard merely a smokescreen? Or is it legitimate?

Over the years, Howard has drawn criticism from teammates and GSW could pass on him for fear he might disrupt the locker room.

The NBA free agency period starts tonight at midnight. Buckle your seat belts.

We'll have updates on the latest happenings as they roll in.