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Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:10 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 12:11 pm
 
Howard says he would consider playing for Boston. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore


OK, so now all of a sudden Dwight's OK with Boston. This is getting hard to keep track of. For months, it's been assumed that Howard would not consider Boston on his list of teams to go to. Multiple reports have indicated he's expressed that he will not re-sign there if traded to the Green Team. But now there's different information... from Howard's own mouth.  
And if Howard is still available — if the Magic don’t blink and move him before the March deadline — C’s president Danny Ainge will undoubtedly put in a call to Team Dwight.

The question is whether he’ll answer.

“Always. Always,” Howard told the Herald. “I’d always listen to a team like that.

“My thing is I want to win. It’s not something like I’m doing this for money. I win. I want to do it my way.”

There may be two problems for the Celtics in that last paragraph. Howard may question whether the club can win with him, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, a collection of minimum salary veterans and a few children. And his “way” likely means a bigger stage.
via Dwight Howard to Hub? - BostonHerald.com.

This does not mean that Boston is at the top of, or near the top of the list for Howard. He's made his choices pretty clear. But Boston has continually dogged him in the playoffs. Joining them would be joining an organization all about winning, who he knows will be able to build around him. He'd likely have Rajon Rondo as well, since the trade package would probably include the Big 3. The Magic have reportedly been looking for veteran players who can help them win now instead of younger players. If they want old guys, Boston's got them.

(Side note: Please try and imagine Rajon Rondo's surliness next to Dwight Howard's effusive jolliness. Unintentionally funniest duo ever.)

But Howard hasn't been all about winning. He's not targeting Chicago, which gives him the best chance to win a title. He clearly wants the money and fame that comes with Los Angeles or New York. If winning is what matters, you don't put the Nets at the top, no matter how good Deron Williams is. The Celtics are a long shot, but Howard would listen to the offer. From there it would come down to Danny Ainge and if he could pull off the sales job of his life.

(HT: SI
Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:11 pm
 

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

A hard cap doesn't do anything. The reason players want to go to these big market teams and win is because it's more lucrative for endorsements and name recognition. 

A hard cap means everything man, I have no idea what you're talking about.  Yeah, superstars want to play in big markets for endorsements and name recognition but a hard cap limits movement and helps small market teams in a big way.  There would be no Lebron-Wade-Bosh threesome in Miami, it would be impossible to put a "dream team" together if there was a hard cap in place.

 The hard cap will limit players salaries which would make a higher percentage of their potential  come from endorsements

Not really.  A hard cap doesn't necessarily limit a player's salary, it just limits his movement and where he plays to get that salary.  The big market teams will fill their rosters soon enough so players will either stay with their current small or at least a smaller market team or go to another small market team that has room under the cap to sign them.  A superstar will always be paid superstar money, but with a hard cap there would be no guarantee they would play in a big market. 

The NBA as it's run right now is a broken league, completely useless.  Small market teams aren't going to win squat, nothing for years to come.  And just as they get better and they have a couple years where you think they might have a chance, a superstar's contract is going to expire and they'll be rebuilding again and again and again.

I don't know about you but I see no point in following the Detroit Pistons anymore.  I watch the odd game online or on tv but won't spend a nickel going to a game again.  There is no point, not at all.  Established superstars and max players will always choose a big market to play in, not Detroit anymore.  And I can name you another 20 teams in the NBA that fall into the same category as the Pistons do.....
 



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:39 pm
 

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

You want to win?  Howard, your team is 12-6.  Shut up and play! Not just some nights!



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:29 pm
 

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

@Dynastyofpats  In all honesty, Magic fans, Celtic fans, where ever he is at, if the fans aren't there, where would he be? Its not all the Media buddy. Be fair? You have got to be kidding me. Who said he wanted a trade and here is where i want to go? Not the media. I wish I could throw him under the bus.



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:27 pm
 

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

wolves on the rise, no doubt but to get Howard, they would have to deal much of what they have and what would be lef wouldnt be enough.  No, if Superman wants rings, he needs to go to the Windy C---Chicago!!! Bulls can send the best package pf players and picks while still keeping last year's MVP D Rose to team with Dwight for many years and many C(hampionships) !!!



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:02 pm
 

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

A hard cap doesn't do anything. The reason players want to go to these big market teams and win is because it's more lucrative for endorsements and name recognition. The hard cap will limit players salaries which would make a higher percentage of their potential income come from endorsements. That makes it much more appealing financially to go to a big market and go with a team that would atleast compete every year. If you stop allowing the sign and trade to free agents, and continue to give the former team the ability to sign guys for a higher rate then it would give guys more of an incentive to stick with their small market home town teams. And besides superstar trades don't always leave the other teams worse off anyways. Lebron and Chris Bosh were leaving their teams as free agents so they didn't demand to be traded anywhere. Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony going to big markets have resulted in both of their teams still being horrible and their small market former teams doing better than they were. The Chris Paul trade so far leaves their teams in pretty bad shape but it was for long term rebuilding, not for short term results. They still get to cash in a draft pick and they'll be better when Eric Gordon comes back and Aminu continues to grow. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Would Howard listen to the Bucks, the Pacers, or the Timberwolves? Why would those teams not be a consideration for Howard? At the root of this question is why the NBA is such a flawed product. He is only mentioning teams that have had previous success in the NBA. Players should not be able to dictate through rhetoric where they want to be traded to. If you are a fan of the Charlotte Bobcats or Washington Wizards, for instance, why would you  to support your team? There is essentially a permanent underclass of NBA teams and cities. If the league can not ensure competitive balance, it is time to contract the league. The Celtics, Lakers, Bulls etc, should not perpetually be in position to lure petulant superstars in trade rumors. The problem, of course, is the star players want to play for these teams. Until the league can somehow reverse this culture, fans of the majority of teams, as I see it, really have no incentive to show for these games.

Michael, nice post.   Here's the problem though, the league had a chance to reverse the culture you spoke about but chose not to. All the league had to do was stick to their original demands for a hard cap and this crap couldn't happen.  If there was a 60 or 70 million dollar hard cap, teams couldn't afford 3 max players.  They would have a tough time paying 2 max players because there are 9 other players they need to pay to fill out their roster.  But the league caved... they should have kept the players locked out, gone through the court system and possibly even missed 2 seasons fighting it out with the union.   Too late for that now......

The only other way this nonenense might start to go away is if the owners stop giving in to these prima donna superstars.  Try and sign them to an extension, when they refuse to do so tell their agents ok, your guy is going to play out his final season, we aren't trading him.  Doing this would cost a max player like Howard almost 30 million dollars in cash over the next few years because the CBA benefits players that stay put, it allows them to make more money then if they leave as a free agent.  These players are greedy as hell, don't believe them when they tell us they don't play for the money.  If they knew they were going to lose 30 million dollars leaving a lot more would stay where they're at.   But once again the owners keep doing stupid things.  They keep agreeing to trade these guys, sign and trades, etc  which allows superstars to not only go wherever they want, but they get paid max money too.   Owners are afraid of losing a player for nothing but the bottom line is they never get market value for the player they are losing anyway.... so why bother trading the player?  Let him honor the rest of his deal and if he doesn't wanna sign an extension, let him sign for less somewhere else.

Those are the only 2 solutions... a hard cap or let them finish off their deals and leave on their own.  The owners have screwed this thing up.  And you're right, there is no point in watching NBA basketball unless you're favourite team is one of a very few select teams.  There are probably a good 20 plus teams that can't even dream of winning a title and probably won't win one in the next 20 years.  Those team's fans are following just for the hell of it because they will never win.   Sad but true... it's really the only sport like it.  There is much more parity in other leagues then there is in the NBA. 



Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Would Howard listen to the Bucks, the Pacers, or the Timberwolves? Why would those teams not be a consideration for Howard? At the root of this question is why the NBA is such a flawed product. He is only mentioning teams that have had previous success in the NBA. Players should not be able to dictate through rhetoric where they want to be traded to. If you are a fan of the Charlotte Bobcats or Washington Wizards, for instance, why would you continue to support your team? There is essentially a permanent underclass of NBA teams and cities. If the league can not ensure competitive balance, it is time to contract the league. The Celtics, Lakers, Bulls etc, should not perpetually be in position to lure petulant superstars in trade rumors. The problem, of course, is the star players want to play for these teams. Until the league can somehow reverse this culture, fans of the majority of teams, as I see it, really have no incentive to show for these games.



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:44 am
 

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

If you want to win now, then you sign with Chicago. There are plenty of other teams that you could sign with to contend, but only one team that has a system in place that suits Howard's style, and has an established team needing one more scoring threat to make a dynasty. 
   Rose, Hamilton, Deng (if healthy, if not then Boozer or Brewer), Noah at the 4, and Howard. With the bench mob, that's a dynasty team with the best inside game in the league. But Howard is afraid to be in the same building with another superstar so it's his loss
 



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:19 am
 

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Who does Boston have to trade?  Rondo is the only marketable piece.  If you throw in draft picks than it's late first rounders. 


vicodin
Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:12 am
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