Story online soon with @Chris_Broussard: ESPN sources say Dwight Howard has set up free-agent meetings after July 1 with Atlanta and Boston.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2016
Noticeably absent from the initial interview list are the Portland Trail Blazers. In fact, Neither Broussard nor Stein mention any western conference teams, and only give cursory mention to a third team.
The Miami Heat, sources said, have not yet booked a meeting with Howard in free agency, but could emerge as a more serious Howard suitor after registering preliminary interest in him.
Although not mentioned here, Howard has been linked to the Trail Blazers leading up to free agency moratorium, which begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. ET. It makes geographical sense for him to cut travel time by meandering through his Eastern Conference meetings before flying across the country to consider Portland.