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Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:22 am
Posted by Royce Young

Would acquiring Steve Nash make Dwight Howard a happy man in Orlando? (Getty Images)

The Suns may want to re-sign Steve Nash, but that doesn't mean the trade rumors are going to go away. And it also doesn't mean they're not going to answer the phone when someone calls about him.

There's already the rumor of Lamar Odom being talked about for Nash, but here's one with some larger implications: Nash to the Magic. Via HoopsWorld:
The Orlando Magic has made offers for Nash in the past and sources close to the situation say that they’ll attempt to acquire the 16-year veteran in the next two weeks. Dwight Howard has asked the front office to pursue Nash and sources close to Howard believe he won’t exercise his early termination option if the team is able to acquire Nash and re-sign him this summer.
That... would be interesting. And it makes a decent amount of sense. Something a lot of us aren't thinking about is that Howard's not technically a free agent this summer. He just had the option to terminate his contract early and become one. So if the Magic were doing good things or he felt like he wanted to give them more time, he could just stick around and make us all go through this again in 2013.

Bringing in Nash would certainly make him reconsider though. You're talking a Hall of Fame point guard to pair with the best big man in basketball. That's a pretty good combination. The Magic would almost certainly have to take on some money in this deal as the Suns aren't going to let Nash go for nothing. But GM Otis Smith has shown a willingness in the past to mix things up in an effort to win, so I'm sure every single player on the roster would be available, except Howard.

As we near closer to the March 15 deadline, I think you'll see one of two things happen with Orlando. A) They trade Howard or B) they keep him and make an aggressive trade to try and win this year, while also convincing him to stick around later.

Nash has refused to ask for a trade from the Suns, but this deal would be good for him as he tries to compete for a title in the twilight of his career. The Suns aren't going anywhere anytime soon, so pairing Nash with Howard would at least give the Magic a relative shot. Would they be able to beat the Heat or Bulls in a series? It would be tough. But it's not just about this year, but the bigger picture. And if Howard wants Nash and Smith delivers, that could go a long ways to keeping No. 12 in Orlando.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:04 pm

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

"Uh, yes sir Mr. Howard, sir... anything else that we can do for you sir???"

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:03 pm

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

As good as Steve Nash is, why would Dwight rather stay in Orlando with an aging point guard who probably won't help lead that team to a ring instead of going to New Jersey with a young point guard who is as good and have a young team around him with potential to win at least 1 ring?

Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:54 pm

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

Finally, the magic are after a legit point guard. They have needed one for years. Jameer Nelson is simply not on the level of the top point guards in the game. Chris Duhon as a back up is almost laughable the way he has attempted to play when given the chance. If the magic were to get Nash, how many more years is he going to play ?  If not Nash, then Ellis ?  The magic have been a jump shooting team for the past few years and have not only been missing a point guard, but also a player that can get their own shots. They allegedly had that in Rashard Lewis, Vince Carter, Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and the list goes on. Nash in Orlando would be interesting but they are still missing a scoring threat.  If they want Dwight Howard to stick around, they'll have to make some moves and who knows if # 12 will be happy after that ? Dwight should turn his focus to making some foul shots and let Rich Devos decide what he wants his organization to do.

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:38 pm

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

LOL the Majic are never going to get Nash with JRICH on the team........after a teamate sleeps with your wife and has a kid with her causing you to get a divorce you tend to not want to play with that teamate any more........Which is why the Suns traded Richardson in Orlando in the first place.  

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:23 pm

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

If I put Dwight Howard on six different teams each one would have an excellent chance to win the whole thing. Yes this guy is unique and very talented. Basketball is the only sport where you will hear a player telling a team what to do but if he leaves the Magic they are a lottery team. Go get Nash or Ellis if I'm the Magic GM.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:20 pm

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

they go after these has been players bacuase Howard has no idea how to be a GM.  He is a player and as such, he should keep his mouth shut and play.  But since Orlando's management is weak, he is allowed to make these suggestions even to the detriment of the long term success of the team.  Howard is a great player but obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer.  I'd rather trade Howard than trade for aging pieces that will not win a championship for Orlando.
Are you a GM? Dwight Howard knows a lot more about NBA basketball and being a GM than you do, so how is it you can tell him what to do? He can say what he wants, what are you going to do about it? Whine on the internet about how your GM skills are better than an All Star NBA player? Dwight Howard probably plays NBA Live too, if that's where you got your GM skills from.

Hilarious. Howard just wants a chance to win, can't fault the guy for that. The good teams seem to be able to get 2-3 great players nowadays, the bad teams certainly have the money to do the same yet they don't. They're all on a salary cap, if you already have Dwight just get another player or two and now suddenly there's no reason for either player to want to leave, and build from there.

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:15 pm

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

as much as i agree that players do have a little too much pull in this league, i'm tired of people talking about them being employees as if this is some regular job.  it's not.  not even close.  these players have multi million dollar endorsement deals. their images are on billboards, there are products with their names on it that make millions, and all that doesn't even include their annual salaries.  them being in the city can make or break the sports economics of that entire team. just look at what happened when vince carter left toronto, chris paul leaving new orleans, lebron james leaving cleveland.  they left huge holes in sports profits.  so don't treat this as if they're working at a local mcdonalds or working some office desk job.  it's apples and oranges.  heck, it's apples and space shuttles.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:06 pm

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

First of all, I am a Suns fan. Second of all, I say PLEASE PLEASE trade Steve Nash. This man has given everything to this team even when the owner's petty cheapness and tendency to let any valuable player walk or trade him for a bag of peanuts has kept the team from being able to compete with the perpetual luxury tax spenders like LA. Nash deserves a chance to compete for a title before he retires, he's done everything else there is to do, and while certainly he has an accomplished career already, I am sure having a chance to win a title will light a fire under him for the rest of the season.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:06 pm
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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:03 pm

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

The only way this would work out is if Orlando brings a third team into the mix. Phoenix won't want anything the Magic have for Nash that's for sure. Howard isn't stupid though, he gets a guy like Nash who can help for the next year or so, then when Howards contract is up and Nash retires he can walk away from the Magic and say "Hey I stayed, I was loyal to my team and my contract." This way he still gets a chance to win for the next year and he doesn't end up looking like LeBron did when he bailed on Cleveland. The fans will blame ownership for everything at that point and Howard smells like roses.

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