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Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:10 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 10:23 am
By Matt Moore 

Andrew Bynum has had the same noose hanging over his head that Pau Gasol has for the past few months. The more the Lakers don't look like a Finals contender, the greater the chances are that the team will do what it has always done, reload with the best parts available, in this case, Dwight Howard. That would mean Bynum would be headed out of town, despite being the prized possession of new ower-in-charge, Jim Buss. 

But for Bynum's part? He told the Orlando Sentinel he's not concerned about it, and doesn't think he's going anywhere. From the Sentinel: 
"It doesn't matter to me; I don't read the headlines," he said. "There's a bank in every city, and I'm going to play hard basketball wherever I go, so I'm good."

Bynum believes he'll be a Laker after the trade deadline, although he ought not take that to any bank.

Until then, Bynum isn't going to allow it affect him the way its bothered Lakers PF Pau Gasol.

"I really don't care about it, man," he said. "You've just got to play basketball, just have fun. A lot of people lose that … it's a business and this and that. You're playing a game, and it's something you've been doing since you were a kid. If you just get back to that and just play, nothing matters."
via Orlando Magic: Glen "Big Baby" Davis speaks his mind in Magic team meeting - Page 2 -

Typical stuff in terms of "I don't let trade talk bother me," but the fact he thinks he's not going anywhere either shows a youthful ignorance of how disposable any player is to teams, or an indication from ownership that they don't think Howard is going to fit with L.A..

Meanwhile, Magic ownership shot down a rumor over the weekend of a potential trade with the Lakers for Dwight Howard.  
Orlando Magic continue to say they have made no decisions about what they'll do with Dwight Howard as the NBA trade deadline approaches on March 15.

And they are saying that a rumor making its way around Orlando that they've reached a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and a third team is totally false.

The scuttlebutt is that the Magic would send Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson to the Lakers and the Magic would receive Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. A third team, the Toronto Raptors, could be part of the deal or in a separate trade with the Magic, sending point guard José Calderon to Orlando.

Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Sentinel the rumor is wrong.
via Dwight Howard trade rumor: Orlando Magic deny Dwight Howard trade to the Los Angeles Lakers rumor -

The next step is for the Magic to offer Dwight Howard an extension, again, on March 1st, in the hopes his wonderful experience over All-Star Weekend will entice him to stay.  When that fails, and it will fail, the Magic will have fourteen days to review offers from Howard before the March 15th trade deadline and decide to move him or keep him and risk his entering free agency. There continues to be doubt from those in the league that the Magic will actually leave open the possibility of his abandoning the fanchise in free agency with their having nothing to show for it. But with the stubborn, yet admirable dedication to not losing Howard lingering, it's impossible to tell how this whole saga ends. 

For the time being, Bynum's not going to Orlando, and Orlando's not shopping Howard.  

All's quiet on the Superman Front.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:20 am

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

very true. Exacly so. I fear Buss the younger is a moron. His disrespectul treatment of staff and middle management has alienated a lot of people around the team. I also suspect he has alineated Mitch Kupchak. The Lakers are, Im afraid, doomed. Kobe even recently said he would allow himself to be traded.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:39 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

howard going to the clippers for jordan, bledsoe and a player too be named later

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:05 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

Hey sportsnut take the sports out of your name and it fits. Lakers dumb? 16x's dumb....

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:50 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

The Lakers are dumb enough to this trade!!

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:03 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

Bynum is a top 5 center no doubt. I actually think the trade of sending Bynum and Gasol for Howard is a good one for the Lakers but they need to make sure they get a PG to go along with the trade. Gasol is on the down side of his career and with the Magic sending Nelson and Turgolu those two guys are garbage. Nelson is always hurt and he hasn't been a solid PG for some yrs now. He struggles to run the offense and be a effective PG. If he had any kind of game left the magic would be much better. The lakers have to do something because they clearly don't have the talent anymore on the roster to compete for a title with the current players they have. Lets go Lakers and pull the trigger for Howard and get a PG to run the offense and pick up a SF and they will be right back in the finals this season no doubt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:24 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

     Having been a L.A. Laker fan since watching Magic Johnson in his rookie year filling in for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the finals, there have been many more good times than bad.  However, it does appear there is a major issue in the Laker front office.  Once Phil Jackson left town a major shake-up took place in the organization, at the request of Jim Buss.  This mass firing of long term employees sent ripples through all teams upper management, as they took notice that the Lakers were now being run by an inexperieced son of the owner Dr. Jerry Buss. 
      Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers "General Manager" can only do what his neew boss directs him to do, and no more.  There appears to be a similarity between the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones, and Jim Buss.  Both think they know better than anyone else, and while one has surely ruined his teams chances of ever winning a championship while he is at the helm, the other is on quickly on his way to the same result.  The main way for the Lakers to get back to the finals, and win, is rather simple!  First, and most importantly, WAIVE Jim Buss.  Next trade for Lamar Odom back, and sign Derron Williams in the offseason.  This would be a tremendous first step.  Then, either let Mitch Kupchak do his thing, or get Jerry West back, and let him set the franchise up for another 15 years with his eye for talent!!

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:04 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

This rumor would be a win win for both teams considering the magic would not receive the proper compensation for Dwight Howard if they do not resign him. Howard would allow the Lakers to have the premier low post player in the game alongside one of the premeir scorers in the game. The magic would receive a young  solid post player and a very strong power foward. I would like to see orlando be compensated for their talent without losing him for nothing ala Cleveland in the Lebron James disaster. Teams in smaller markets should receive at least a draft pick if they lose a max free agent. 

Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:43 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

there is no rule and there should never be one EVERY NBA PLAYER has the same dream and that is to win a championship period thats why paul pierce and kobe both asked to be traded a few years ago at the same exact time because neither one of there teams was trying to win a championship dwight howard knows with the team he has now and with lebron and dwade in miami and rose in chicago and orlando with no money to spend right now to get all the piesces they need the only way to get a championship is to be traded to the lakers with kobe is it a coincedence he fired his old agent and his new agent is based in los angeles,ca hmmmmmmmnnnnnnnn i think not howard wants to win a title or two oe three and make money outside of basketball i dont blame him come on to the lakers superman

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:26 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

It should be against the rules for a player to publicly ask for a trade and there should be a huge fine and a suspension for players who break this rule, the players sign contracts to play for a set amount of seasons, if they didnt want to play for that team for that many years they shouldnt have signed the contract for a big length of time. When you publicly ask for a trade it throws the flow of the whole team off, if anything the player who wants to be traded should voice have a private meeting with the GM and let them know that if hes not traded hes going to opt out after the season, that way management can do their job behind the scenes and stop this circus act.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:15 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

Big Baby is the biggest moron in sports. Thank god the Celts traded that tool.

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