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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 - OrlandoSentinel.com.

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 - OrlandoSentinel.com.

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.
Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:59 pm
 

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

Dumb trade.   You have the 2nd best Center in the league.  You have a top 5 PF and u give up both for the #1 Center?  Please do this trade Lakers.



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:55 pm
 

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

The Lakers would get weaker if they shipped Gasol and Bynum for Howard.  They already lack scoring, and would be giving up 2 scorers to get 1 scoring rebounder.  Howard will get hacked, and shoot 50% at the line.  Don't think Kobe is going to give Howard the rock either.  Lakers make this trade, and they get worse.
I agree. I think the lakers are overlooking what their weakness TRULY is.

The lakers need a point guard. Having Gasol and Bynum together is the only reason this team is even winning at all right now (lakers have no depth on the bench, and GLARING defficienies at PG and SF)

They need to focus on upgrading SF and PG instead of dealing for Dwight.

There are many teams that are trying to unload contracts (Minnesota - Beasley, Portland - Felton, Cleveland- Sessions, etc) and the lakers have the trade exception to make a deal, plus two first round picks (one from Dallas)

If they get Dwight, they will be MUCH better in the Long run, but in the short term, they will be worse.






Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:42 pm
 

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

The Lakers would get weaker if they shipped Gasol and Bynum for Howard.  They already lack scoring, and would be giving up 2 scorers to get 1 scoring rebounder.  Howard will get hacked, and shoot 50% at the line.  Don't think Kobe is going to give Howard the rock either.  Lakers make this trade, and they get worse. 



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

How is Bynum not a top 5 center?

You may want to rethink that bro.

Dwight is the clear number one, but after that you have

2)Bynum

3)Marc Gasol

4) Al Jefferson

5)Brook Lopez (who is a poor rebounder) / Andrew Bogut
None of those guys are better than Bynum. Jefferson and Gasol may have the strongest cases, but Bynum is a better rebounder than Jefferson and a more polished offensive player than Gasol


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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:57 pm
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Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:35 pm
 

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

Gasol would not even be involved in the trade talks if he wasn't the softest big in the league. He has offensive skills, but defensively, he is a burden. Bynum is having a second "career" season out of 5 or 6 in the league so he is averaging earning a paycheck once every three years. This Lakers team could win a title with a bonafide point guard and Bynum staying healthy. Swaping Gasol and Bynum for Howard would not improve the team overall without a good point guard and Nelson is not a good point guard himself.



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

In my opinion Dwight will sign an extension with the Magic, even though the Media seems to think there is no chance, there is always a chance, if he does not sign an extension then he will most definitly get traded, because it means he just dosn't want to stay in Orlando anymore, he wants a change of scenery. If he gets traded there will be some pretty good deals because I know some team will give up a lot for the best big man in the NBA, and proably keep the magic in as championship contenders



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

If  I was LA why pay for Howard? Bynum is one of the top 5 centers in the league. The money can be used elsewhere like signing a PG or Kobe's eventual replacement. 



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

Note to Mitch Kupchak & Jerry Buss. GET THIS DEAL DONE !

No, please don't!  First, while an upgrade, I do not think Howard is a HUGE upgrade over Bynum (their offensive numbers are skewed by Howard being the #1 option on offense and Bynum #2 or #3 on the Lakers, Howard is a bit better rebounder and shot blocker but not by that much).  Gasol to Hedo is a huge down grade -- Hedo has not produced at all in quite a while and while Hedo may be better than the current Laker SFs, who is going to play PF in LA?  Nobody that is even close to Gasol.  Jameer is an upgrade at PG but not, imo, a long term solution.  Overall, adding the pluses and minuses, I don't think this trade makes LA better and, in terms of Hedo and Nelson, provides only short term solutions at best for the PG and SF positions.




Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

The Magic will agree to a sign-and-trade with Dallas, and Howard, Williams and Dirk will dominate the Western Conference for several years.  The writing is on the wall.

I could be wrong, but I think the new CBA eliminated the "sign and trade" option.  If Howard becomes a FA the only way he goes to Dallas is to take a 4 year, instead of a 5 year, contract with smaller annual raises--leaving about $30million dollars on the table.  The only way Dallas gets both players is if one of both of Howard and Williams take less than a max deal as the Mavs will not have quite enough cap room to sign both to max deals.  Still could happen, but not too likely.


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