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Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:49 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The clock is ticking on Dwight Howard.

The March 15 trade deadline is coming and the Magic don't yet appear ready to make a decision on their superstar center. Keep him and you run the risk of watching him walk away for nothing. Trade him and you give up on any chance you had of ever keeping him.

But the Magic kind of are handcuffed. Howard has four teams he's interested in signing an extension with: the Nets, Lakers, Mavericks and Magic. Which means general manager Otis Smith is limited to negotiating with three teams, two of which don't exactly have a plethora of enticing trade assets.

You might think that rules out 26 other teams from competing for Howard at the deadline, but one team, the Golden State Warriors, are willing to consider renting Howard. Via Yahoo! Sports:
Golden State management is willing to take Howard as a one-season “rental,” with the hope of selling him on signing a long-term deal before he enters free agency this summer. Like most teams, Golden State has inquired with Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith, but the Magic have yet to commit to aggressively pursuing a trade of Howard.
The Warriors also pursued Chris Paul, but had the same issues of not being able to be certain he'd commit long-term. But they're willing to risk it with Howard. They have quality young assets in Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis that they can dangle, plus would probably be willing and able to absorb Hedo Turkoglu's remaining $34 million contract.

The Warriors thinking is that if they could just get Howard into the Bay Area with marketing and money opportunities aplenty, that they would be able to convince him to stay long-term. Issue is with Howard, he wants a situation he can win and probably play with a fellow star. And is Golden State that type of place?

But owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are determined to alter the culture and perception of the Warriors and if they have to take a chance on giving up a lot to get Howard for three months, so be it. It's an honorable approach by owners committed to their passionate, rabid fanbase. Hard not to appreciate that.

The Warriors probably could put together the best package outside of the Lakers offering Andrew Bynum. Curry or Ellis are terrific young talents and something the Magic would be happy to get back. The big question is the status of Curry's surgically repaired ankle though, which could hold things up.

As March 15 approaches, the more teams are going to get into the mix. The Magic haven't even decided on trading Howard yet, but if they do, the Warriors will be waiting for a phone call.

Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:16 pm

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

one of two things needs to happen here. either otis needs to grow a set and make a trade to bring D12 some help. or fire otis. if need be fire stan as well. otis sucks, he has made bad decision after bad decision. with D12 wanting to leave has to be a sign that its time to philosophy. what would  D12 want to stay.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:04 pm

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Funny thing is, Howard has been nothing but a professional. Seems more like the media making him out to be the bad guy. Orlando has no one to blame but themselves, some of the excuse for talent they have put around him is laughable. It's the player's right to sign a contract elsewhere via free agency. If i was him, I would be doing the same thing. Orlando has little to no hope of competing for a championship. The man was grabbing 20+ points & 20+ boards in some of those playoff games last season, and they still would lose. 

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:56 pm

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Remember the Warriors in 1980 had a center they didn’t like and the #3 pick in the draft.  So they traded their center and # 3 to Boston for the #1 pick, which they used to get JB Carroll.  The center they traded was Robert Parrish and with the #3 pick Boston got Kevin McHale. Two HOFers for JB, who ended up pumping gas at 7/11.  I NEVER put trust in a Warrior trade.

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:27 pm

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Me too! I just don't see it; we supposedly try to get everyone this off season but we never get anyone. Are we really trying or are they just acting like it? GO NINERS!!!!

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:01 pm

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Howard cares only about becoming a celebrity. How else do you explain not wanting to go to Chicago and winning with Rose. Remember a guy name Jordan he became the biggest of all times by winning and playing in Chicago.Ask any 85 Bears they are still living off that team.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:28 pm

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Dwight Howard with the Warriors? I can only dream...

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