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Report: Warriors still chasing Dwight

Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:29 pm
The Warriors reportedly continue to pursue Dwight Howard. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The Warriors, reportedly, are not messing around.

Golden State has long been rumored to be chasing Dwight Howard, despite his exclusion of the Warriors from his team of preferred trade destinations (read: places he will consider re-signing with). What's more, Golden State has been rumored to be interested in trading for Howard without assurances he'll stay. That's the ultimate Russian Roulette gamble. If you miss out with convincing Howard, you will have traded everything you have and have nothing to show for it. Talks had died down in the din of Nets chatter that continues. But a report today from says that the Warriors aren't done chasing the rabbit down the hole.

From Scott Howard Cooper of on Twitter:
Warriors continuing push for Dwight Howard deal even without DH commitment to re-signing. Not backing off from risky move, source says.
via Twitter / @SHowardCooper: Warriors continuing push f ....
Biedrins has zero trade value, so GSW offer has to be 3-4 key pieces. Imagine moving Monta, Klay, others and DH walks. But Dubs staying in.
via Twitter / @SHowardCooper: Biedrins has zero trade va ....

Monta Ellis is a very good player, if not a "star" or "superstar." Klay Thompson looks to be a great rookie. They have Ekpe Udoh as a talented young big man along with Biedrins' expiring contract. The Magic have reportedly wanted to stay in the playoff hunt, which means they want talented veterans, though,and outside of Ellis, the Warriors are short on that. That's what makes the Magic request so baffling, that they wouldn't be trying to work away to get Stephen Curry, draft picks, and Udoh out of Golden State. 

And all of this for a situation in which Howard could vanish outright. It's a monstrous gamble. But let's look at the best-case, worst-case scenario here.

Best-case: Howard and Ellis/Curry click. Howard finally has a co-star worthy of his stature while he's also clearly the alpha dog. The Bay Area market allows for him to cash in on endorsements and media opportunities, while enjoying the California weather, even if it's a bit colder and ranier than southern California. Mark Jackson gets the defensive rock he covets, ownership gets a star to build everything around. Shooters plus creator plus Dwight = success. They hold his bird rights which means Howard has to walk away from the $30-million-plus afforded him in re-signing with his current team in free agency. That's a big stone to hold. 

Worst-case: Howard leaves, and the gap from the assets traded for him creates an unbalanced roster full of misfits who have to be traded off. Meanwhile, the organization clears over $15 million in cap space and has the ability to clean house on a team that has been fundamentally flawed for the past decade, cycling in the same style of players. A clean slate erupts, with the worst part being a potentially unhappy Curry/Ellis but the Warriors now have unlimited flexibility to retool their roster.

Is drastic change that bad of a worst-case scenario? If Howard and Ellis/Curry works, he could very well stay, and that's great. If it doesn't, he leaves anyway and the Warriors start over again which they've needed to do forever, and that's great. It would look bad, and would create a painful rebuilding process. But if you want to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs. A move like this would prove the new ownership really is the kind of bold leadership they say they are, unwilling to stand on the sidelines while other teams make the franchise-changing moves.

It's just a question of how brave are they, and if Orlando will finally bite the bullet for their offer.

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:00 pm

Report: Warriors still chasing Dwight

what the magic should really be doing is trying to trade for a piece to go along with dwight in orlando and convince him to stay. my first thought would be to try and get steve nash from the suns due to the fact that he is a free agent after this season so if dwight walks they just don't resign nash. second try and get ellis from the warriors because like everyone keeps saying the ellis and curry combo just is not working and ellis is a shooter and is an alright ball handler and can shoot the three some thing that jameer nelson does not have and lastly try to get eric gordon for the hornets for the same reasons as ellis

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:39 pm

Report: Warriors still chasing Dwight

I get that Dwight Howard is, well Dwight Howard, but giving up anything for a half a year in which they probably won't make a playoff run would be idiotic for Golden State.  For a team like the Lakers, that's one thing, but not only is there a chance (however seemingly small, according to recent reports) of Dwight extending his contract with them, but a team with Dwight Howard & Kobe Bryant has a shot of a playoff run.  That being said, Golden State should accept that Howard is almost certainly not going to play long-term for their team so if they are to get involved in this trade drama they should stick with being an extra team if anything, it would be brainless to trade a bunch of young guys & possibly very good draft picks & having nothing to show for it.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:11 am

Report: Warriors still chasing Dwight

It's pretty much a doom scenario if Dwight gets traded to GS. Small market, crappy team, and most definitely not making the playoffs, even with him.

The writer made my case though. Ellis/Curry isn't working, no matter how talented they are. They just can't seem to co-exist. Klay Thompson has been really disappointing, so it wouldn't be a major loss. GS has some of the best fans in the NBA, so having a crappy team for a few years won't be that big a deal.

So, basically you would be trading Ellis for an expiring deal. With Kwame Brown coming off the books for 7.5 next year, the Warriors should have upwards of $20M in cap space to land free agents. Two $10M players combined with a healthy Curry could be competitive, along with another high draft choice.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:26 pm

Report: Warriors still chasing Dwight

As with so many of this rumored DH trades - there is nothing in this trade for the Magic. Why would they do this? Monta Ellis and some pieces aren't enough to make the Magic bite. They'd be better off leting Dwight walk, blowing up their roster and starting from scratch. Why would they want to recreate in Orlando the mess that they have in Golden State?

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:23 pm

Report: Warriors still chasing Dwight

why in the world would howard want to go to the warrirors?

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:20 pm

Report: Warriors still chasing Dwight

"everyone back away, that clean slate is about to erupt!"

"what does it spew?"

"mo(o)re grammatical errors!"

"the horror ... ... the horror"

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:12 pm

Report: Warriors still chasing Dwight

but the Warriors now have unlimited flexibility to retool their roster.
and will be bad enough to ensure a star player at the top of the draft...

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:21 pm
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