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Report: Warriors made offer for Howard?

Posted on: June 18, 2011 9:40 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 10:04 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

Despite what their front office is saying, there continues to be a considerable amount of noise about the Warriors actively shopping Monta Ellis over the last month. And now that noise has started to make the noise that sounds a lot like the Superman theme. While it was an offer that fell short, it's still intriguing that Golden State is swinging for the fences. 

Draft Express reports:
The Dwight Howard sweepstakes have begun. Golden State offered Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Ekpe Udoh. Unlikely that'll get it done.
via Twitter / @DraftExpress: The Dwight Howard sweepsta ....

 Udoh actually showed quite a bit in his first season for Golden State, but obviously, he's not even close to 50 percent of a replacement for Howard (and 50 percent is really the best you can hope to get for a player of his stature). Biedrins' fade has seemingly been permanent and at 25, there's little hope fo him making the astronomic jump to be a huge component. 

Ellis being in the conversation, however, is interesting on another level. While the package doesn't come close to matching what the Magic would need for Howard (nor has Orlando seemingly shown any interest in trading Howard), Ellis makes for a fine fit on the Magic. The Magic need a legitimate scoring option who doesn't rely on the open perimeter shot, who can create off the dribble. Ellis fits that image perfectly. Stan Van Gundy can cover Ellis' defensive worries the way he covered Vince Carter's. It fits nicely.

Of course, just as the Warriors don't have the right combination to trade for Howard, without Howard, the Magic don't have the pieces to trade for Ellis. It's a near-fit, but not quite enough.

If nothing else, the lowest bar for the Howard sweepstakes has been set. The offer for Dwight Howard has to at least be better than Ellis, Biedrins, and Udoh. 

Good to know.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2011 12:47 am

Report: Warriors made offer for Howard?

Portland has the assets to get a deal done, Batum, camby contract miller contract, oden, rudy. Problem tho, Howard wont want to sign in Portland which is too bad, Howard, Aldridge, Wallace, Mathews and a PG awesome starting line up. I think He may end up going to New Jersey or LA. He could end up waiting until he is a free agent as he will need to agree to sign with the team that trades for him.

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2011 12:29 am

Report: Warriors made offer for Howard?

It's obvious to everyone that LA will get Dwight.  They will need a poster guy for the franchise and let's face it Kobe has like his Daddy said 3-5 years tops at a high level.  I say more like 3.  Too many injuries and mileage, years on those legs.  However, Kobe want to match if not succeed MJ in titles so I could easily see him pushing hard for Dwight.  LA would have to package a deal with Bynum for sure to pull it off.  Maybe add Shannon Brown, some picks plus Bynum for him. That is if they re-sign Shannon.  Anyways, Golden St. nice try.  Dwight will be a Laker, if not this summer even.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2011 12:10 am

Report: Warriors made offer for Howard?

In order for the Magic to entice All Star caliber players, like Chris Paul for example, they need to keep Dwight. They might not be able to do what the Heat did, getting 2 All Star players in the same season but do it piece by piece. Concentrate on getting CP3 first than go from there and at the same time, making sure Howard is not going anywhere first of all. The Knicks, Lakers, and god knows who else will try their best to get him so if I were the Magic, I'll be signing him asap.

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