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Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

Posted on: April 29, 2011 2:30 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young



With the way the Magic went down in flames to the Hawks in six games the opening round, it was inevitable. Forget questions about Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith's future.

It's all about Dwight Howard.

Clearly the focus is on Howard because he is to be a free agent in 2012 and with the way the Magic appear to be stuck in sand right now in terms of getting to a championship caliber, most see Orlando's clock as ticking. And with this failure, it's like someone pulled the wrong wire on a ticking bomb and the timer just started moving double-time.

But give Howard some credit. He's trying to squash all this rumor talk about his future. He's said every right thing. He's said he loves Orlando. He's said he's not focusing on anything but the present. I for one, believe him. There's a natural comparison to LeBron for a lot of reasons, except for the fact Howard and LeBron are different people. They have different motivations, different ideas, different personalities.

So Howard is going on the rumor killing offense right now. As he told the Orlando Sentinel:
“There’s no need for me to comment on it. So, you know, let’s not even talk about it. There’s no need to bring it up. Right now, I’m going to figure out how can I get myself better for next season, not about what team I want to play for. But right now I’m with the Magic, so all the speculation can stop. There’s no need to talk about it.”
Nice try, Dwight. But you know that's not going to put any kind of end to it. Otis Smith already tried to make it extremely clear that he wouldn't be Melo-ing Howard and trading him to avoid him walking. Smith has said he's prepared to take the chance of letting him make his choice.

Howard though, wasn't done with his offensive on the rumors. According to HoopsWorld, Howard singled out Ric Bucher of ESPN who has passed along things like Howard wants to go to the Lakers, among other things. Howard straight asked Bucher, "Where am I going, so I can tell my agent and my family?”

The sad part is, if Howard's frustrated with this now, it's only going to get worse and worse they closer the clock to 2012 ticks to. This isn't a bad Roland Emerich movie. July 1, 2012 could indeed be armageddon for the Magic franchise.

It must be noted though, Howard could put an end to all of this speculation right now by signing an extension. The offer is there and if he wanted to, he could re-up with the Magic. I don't blame him for not because why not let this play out and see what happens? Why not get another look at the direction of the franchise next year? But it needs to be mentioned that Howard could stop it tomorrow.

Other teams like the Knicks, Celtics, Nets and Lakers appear to be positioning to pounce on Howard. We all want to know right now what's going to happen because that's our nature, but here's one thing we do know: Howard will be playing at least one more season in Orlando. And he'd like it very much if we all just kept that as the focus.
Comments

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: May 1, 2011 12:25 am
 

Howard to Mavericks, Spurs, or Kings?

I have to agree with wells, 3 entries below mine. The Mavs make sense. Deep pockets, a winning group in need of his puzzle piece, and the economic market that makes Stern leave stubborn stains in his tighty whitey's that his maid service hates! The Spurs will clearly start a rebuilding process after this year's fast exit from the playoffs. The Kings I just throw in there because they have more salary space next season than the Knicks had last year and no matter which city they play in they'll be getting free money from SOMEBODY that wants to see wins NOW.  The Magic's management has shown for too long that they can draft great big men when they fall out of the sky right into their laps, but have an inability to build the whole winning machine. Too bad, so sad. Time for Daddy Dwight to find some new digs for his kids to come visit without DisneyWorld just up the Blvd.



Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: April 30, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

JJWins,I would love to see Howard in a Knick's uniform in two two years or less with out any doubt.  As far as trading Stoudimare for Howard that to would we wonderful BUT the Knicks gave up everything to get Melo. They gave away half their starting lineup, way to many draft picks to count leaving them with nothing to offer the Magic in return. This leaves the Knicks only chance to get Howard would be in free agency when Howard is freed up to pick whatever team he chooses. Something else to consider, nobody would be stupid enough to take on Amari's contract when he maybe has two good years left in his knee's and thats without any injuries happening. Theres no way Howard sings an extension with the Magic either.  He knows teams are going to throw as much money at him as possible so that leaves a possible sign and trade with the Magic and another team and that will only happen if the Magic have no chance to go deep into the playoffs.  The Magic would have to do this so they would at least get something for Howard before he takes off for free agency.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 30, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

The team that could become a contender with Howard would be the Sixers..
All they are missing is the big time big man!



Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: April 30, 2011 11:47 am
 

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

I may be crazy here, but why has no one mentioned the Dallas Mavericks??  Though in my earlier post I dreamed about Howard to the Heat, the reality is,  he probably would stay in Orlando.  Good points I've heard about the Lakers not working, the Heat not having draft picks, the Knicks not having the money, but what about Dallas???  I am not sure of the contract statuses with Tyson Chandler and their other bigs, but just think.....Jason Kidd is going to play another 2 years, Dirk is a stud for another 4 and that team is GOOD.  Add Howard down low in place of Tyson Chandler with Brendan Haywood back him up, or even BESIDE him.  WOW!!!  Jason Terry and Kidd with Dirk, Howard and Haywood, what a lineup...then there's Marion!



Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: April 30, 2011 1:06 am
 

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

I will be shocked if Dwight Howard stays after next season. The Magic have the third highest payroll in the league and they go out 1st round. Trading for Richardson,Arenas, Turkoglu has not improved the team at all. Agent Zero and Hedo are basically untradeable with their huge contracts. How the heck are the Magic going to improve their roster? Would be nice to see Howard playing on a team with a legitimate 2nd scorer or on a team that does not shoot 3s all the time.  Ron Jeremy is starting to look very suspect as a head coach of Magic.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

 Howard singled out Ric Bucher of ESPN who has passed along things like Howard wants to go to the , among other things. Howard straight asked Bucher, "Where am I going, so I can tell my agent and my family?”

Good for Dwight Howard. I agree with Mr. Young that, unlike LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, et al, Howard ought to be believed in his attempts to end this pointless conversation. Howard is a completely different type from James and unlike the so-called King, has earned some credibility. And I love his comment to Ric Bucher - about time someone called Bucher (along with most other 'journalists') out for his shameless rumor-mongering and his attempts to make up stories where there are none to be found. 

Mr. Young's point about Howard's ability to put an end to the rumors by signing an extension is a laughable one. So in other words the most important thing for Howard is to stop a bunch of irresponsible reporters? Er, no. The mot important thing is for Howard to keep his options open. If Orlando can upgrade their roster, I would not be surprised to see him stay. If not, then he will probably look at alternatives. But until we know more about what Orlando will or will not do in the realm of their roster and until we have a clearer picture of what other teams might have to offer, speculation at this stage is silly. 

However, since the subject is open, I suspect there are several teams that can be ruled out of any Howard Sweepstakes. The New York Knicks, as others have pointed out, simply lack the cap space for a superstar of Howard's stature. And after the trade for Anthony, they have no pieces that Orlando would have any interest in. The Celtics are a possibility - it is likely that Ray Allen, Paul Pierce or both might well retire in 2012 and that might free up the cap space. Boston also has a point guard who would form a wonderful tandem with Howard. The Houston Rockets will indeed have cap space and they might try to put together a package to entice Howard in free agency - I do not see them having the pieces to entice Orlando to do a trade any more than the Knicks do. The Lakers are a possibility, but will they have the pieces to swing a trade either? Unlikely.

If I had to guess, I would bet that Howard's first choice would be to stay in Orlando, but that it will ultimately depend on how much Orlando does to strengthen the roster around him. If they do not make a move, then I would guess he will look to go to a team that can contend in relatively short order - he is a veteran and at this stage in his career I would bet that he is more interested in a ring than in being The Man on a team without any championship aspirations. For that reason, I would not rule out San Antonio, depending on what happens with Tim Duncan. That is a stable system and a coach who works well with talented big guys. And they may well have the cap room available. 

But in the end, all of this is at least a year away. And until Howard has the opportunity to judge his team's move to improve, he deserves the benefit of the doubt in his protestations of loyalty. 






Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

I wouldn't rule out the Yao-less Rockets in the Howard conversation. The Rockets have lots of talent and money to entice Howard. The Lakers decline won't go unnoticed either.



Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 8:10 pm
 

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

ok people howard will not go to boston becasue boston has no money to give him an extension and the heat have no draft picks for two maybe three years due to the sign and trades to get lebron and bosh new york may try and get him but considering they really need a point guard like d-will or cp3 i don't see it happening. and why would he go to L.A kobe is on the decline and i do not see fisher as a great point guard it would work for two mabye three years but the extension would be for 6 or 7 years take away kobe and the lakers are worse off then the magic right now. now howard could become a spurs due to the fact mano parker and duncan are all free agents bye then and i think the spurs will release jefferson ( at least i hope they do) or he could go to the nets but d-will would have to sign with the nets in order for him to sign with them. and at last he probably will stay will orlando if the can get cp3 becasue we al saw what he did to the lakers. 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

First off, even guys who play for New Jersey, do not want to play for New Jersey..no is one is going to sign with that franchise, they play in a different arena every season.....The Celtics? C'mon now, just because they want Howard, doesn't mean they will get him....In a few years Boston could be back in rebuild mood, the big three will soon be the little one...Rondo is the only one who will be left standing, Garnett,Pierce & Allen aren't getting any younger....Sorry Boston but Big Baby isn't going to bring you the promise land......Knicks would obvioulsy be a good move for him possibly, but there not gonna have any cap space to sign anyone...let alone a superstar.

PS.... "The sad part is, if Howard's frustrated with this now, it's only going to get worse and worse they closer the clock to 2012 ticks to. This isn't a bad Roland Emerich movie. July 1, 2012 could indeed be armageddon for the Magic franchise"

Of course he's frustrated, his team just got knocked out of the playoffs with nothing more than a popcorn fart, I'd be frustrated too....



Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

u do realize the heat have no draft picks for two maybe three years becasue of the sign and trades to the raptors and cavs


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