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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? -

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.


Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:34 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Howard would only come to Boston in the off season. If he's not traded or traded to a team he doesn't like, Boston could offer him as much money as any team other than Orlando (or the team he's traded to). Under those conditions, Boston could sign him, and then bring KG and Allen back as lower cost veterans role players for "1 last run". They would then have Rondo, Howard, and aging Pierce, and some time to rebuild. Hell if Howard think him and D Williams is enough to build a team around, he would at least consider Rondo, him and the Celtics brain trust.

Any talk about the Celtics TRADING for Howard isn't worth the time it takes to read it. 

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:15 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

I love when a junior CBS BNlogger can tell me why a person did something. So Matt, you know how Dwight feels do you? Shockingly narrow minded and poor writing is all we get from this hacker CBS. Please boot his ass....

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:29 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

It looks to me as if Danny and Dwight had a conversation when he was in Boston.

Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:17 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Dwight Howard needs to shut the hell up and play basketball. I thought the lockout was supposed to stop star players from forcing their way to whatever city they want to. It's the inmates running the asylum, plain and simple.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:44 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Howard wants to win so he's willing to leave a 12-5 magic  team for a 7-9 cetics team.  Makes a lot of sense.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:35 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Believe it or not, if Howard stays until the end of the year, and wants to sign as a free agent somewhere, I believe the Nets are his best chance at winning. Look at this projected 5:

Won't happen, Howard will be gone before the end of the season.  Why?  Because NBA owners are fools, that's why.  If owners actually forced these superstar prima donnas to honor their existing contract and finish the last season of their deal you wouldn't see as much movement in free agency and these "dream teams" would soon end up being a thing of the past.  Stars like this guy would lose as much as 30 million dollars going somewhere else as a free agent so guess what ?  Most wouldn't leave...  these players pretend to care more about championships then money because they can have both max contracts and play where they want.  The day owners stick up to these guys and tell the player to either sign a new deal or leave and take a lot less somewhere else, things would change in the NBA.

But, owners won't do it..... they are too afraid they won't get anything for a player, when in reality they never get market value so they go from good or excellent to mediocre for years instead.  Let these idiots honor their deals and then leave and take less.  No more sign and trade deals.   Owners need to grow some hair on their balls for once and stop letting players control where they go BEFORE their current deals expire. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:15 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

This guy talks too much for someone under contract.  Just play out your contract, and handle your business in private like a professional.  For now, concentrate on helping your OWN team win and stop being such a clown.  Take something seriously for once...

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:14 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Now Orlando wants veterans?   Even I don't buy this one, and I'm a Celtic lifer.   However, if Howard becomes a FA then it's a whole new ballgame and Boston could be a perfect fit.

I could see Ainge working out a deal for Williams with Rondo as the trade bait.  THEN .. Howard comes to the Celtics as Boston would have TONS of cap space to build around him and Deron.   Which is what he basically wants to do in NJ anyway .. only this way, he gets to play for the best franchise in the NBA and could possibly lead the way for the 18th banner. 

The Nets take the deal, cuz they don't want to lose Williams for nothing.

Crazier things have happened ... all Howard has to do is become a FA and the sky is the limit with Boston.


Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:13 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Way to go Howard. Drop this news three days after getting embarrassed by the Celtics and a game against them tonight at the Amway. I live in Orlando and more and more Howard is proving to be a huge Dbag. I'm sure the other guys in the locker room of this 12-5 team love to hear these remarks. How about spending less time tweeting and more time focusing on the winning team you are on and shooting just 70% from the line.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:02 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

would love to see him in a Celt uni, but I doubt that will happen, wouldnt be fair to magic fans either so I hope he stays

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