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Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:08 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 5:11 pm

Dwight Howard says he might stay in Orlando

By Matt Moore 

Dwight Howard told media on Monday that he was still open to the possibility of staying in Orlando, if "changes" were made to improve the team. From the Orlando Sentinel
Said Howard, "As of right now, I have on a Magic uniform. Right? So I'm with nobody else, and that's the only thing that matters. And if it's meant for me to stay here, then I'll stay. And I love this city. There's no place I'd rather be but here in Orlando. And I just want to make sure that we have the right things here so we can win a championship.

"And I'm all about change. If you're willing to change and you're willing to do what it takes to win, then, you know, you've got me. And if you're not willing to do what it takes to win, I don't think anybody here would question anybody's motives if you want to stay in the same position you are."
via Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard hints he might stay with Magic - OrlandoSentinel.com.

ESPN.com reports that one of those changes is to bring in Chauncey Billups once he clears the amnesty waiver process. Because clearly, that's the kind of move that will put the Magic over the top. Howard has listed wanting input over the direction of the franchise as his biggest reason for wanting out. This despite his reticence at moves like trading Rashard Lewis and amnestying Gilbert Arenas. Essentially, Dwight Howard wants more control to run the franchise badly, which would only serve to make the team worse and drive him out of Orlando. 

Meanwhile, the Nets are reportedly considering making an amnesty offer to Billups the same day. Their efforts to bring in Howard have been nothing if not consistent. 

Howard's discussions of staying are a bit cruel, in a way. No one has believed Howard would stay in Orlando, not for two years. He's had every opportunity to say so and he's declined every time, instead leaning on the "I just want to win a title" talk which is code for "Don't blame me, blame the GM."

Now, by wanting Billups he's basically giving Jameer Nelson a vote of no confidence, if reports are accurate. That's the kind of thing that hurts chemistry, especially when Nelson has stuck up for Howard so many times. But this is all part of Howard and his management's plan to ease their way out. You say the things you can to put the onus on the team so when the time comes, people have somewhere else to drive their anger, which keeps the most public support you can. It's all part of the playbook, and Howard's filling it out nicely.
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:04 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 6:25 pm

Dwight Howard Trade Updates: Tampering?

By EOB Staff

While the debacle that is the Chris Paul Trade/Non-Trade continues to unfold, there's drama in the East as well. Dwight Howard is just as much in the rumor mill as Chris Paul, as his free agency in 2012 looms and a potential trade could be coming (if the league doesn't block it). We'll keep you updated on all the latest in news and rumors below.

Magic haven't filed charge

6:24 p.m. -- New Magic president Alex Martins told the media that the team has not filed a tampering charge against the Nets. The NBA confirms this as well. But Martins did leave it open as a possiblility.

Howard denies meeting with Nets

4:22 p.m. -- Via ESPN NY, Dwight Howard said that he did not meet with the Nets. "There was no meeting," he said.

"Right now, my plan is to show up to training camp for the Orlando Magic."

However, the original report maintains that sources insist the meeting took place.

Magic to file tampering complaint?

1:46 p.m. -- Ken Berger reports that the Rockets will not be investigated as originally reportd by SI.com. Magic are still considering a complaint against New Jersey. SI.com says that the Magic decided not to pursue a complaint against Houston due to a lack of "information." SI also says the Rockets have been informed they were not "considered" for the complaint. Confusing.  Good thing, though. The Rockets have enough going on with the Chris Paul debacle. 

1:00 p.m.
-- Oh, this should be fun. David Aldridge of TNT and NBA.com reports that the Magic are filing tampering charges against two unnamed teams for contacting Dwight Howard without their permission. SI.com reports the two teams are New Jersey and Houston. The Nets side apparently stems from a meeting between Howard and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov along with GM Billy King in Miami a week ago.

Meeting with Howard isn't prohibited strictly by the NBA. Doing it without permission from the Magic? Yeah, that's a no-no. Prokhorov can claim he's unaware of the rules, being new. Billy King? Not so much. This could get very bad for the Nets very quickly. The charges against the Rockets aren't known at this time.

Howard to request trade to Nets?

9:00 a.m. -- ESPN reports that Dwight Howard will request a trade from the Magic to the New Jersey Nets Friday afternoon. The Nets are rumored to be offering Brook Lopez and two first round picks, which is not exactly a king's ransom for a multiple Defensive-Player-of-the-Year winner and an MVP candidate who's the best in the league at his position. 

Landing Howard would be a monstrous coup for a franchise that has repeatedly struck out with major deals. They whiffed on LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Amar'e Stoudemire in the summer of 2010, Carmelo Anthony throughout 2011, being used as leverage by the Nuggets. They landed Deron Williams, but gave up a metric ton of assets for him. Landing Howard to pair with Williams makes them an instant powerhouse with cap room to spare. If the Nets want to join the big-time, this is the move to do it. 

Reports earlier in the week indicated that Howard had not informed the Magic of what he wanted, nor had the Magic composed a "wish list" for what to get back in return for Howard.
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 10:16 am

Barnes says Dwight Howard wants to come to L.A.

By Matt Moore  

Interesting element in play right now. The lockout is still in effect, which means players can't be fined, which means Matt Barnes can say whatever he wants. 

Like, oh, say, telling the press that both Dwight Howard and Baron Davis have talked to him and said they want to play in L.A.



The key quote? 

"I've talked to both of those guys and they want to be here, so we'll see what happens."

Technically, Barnes isn't tampering anyway. He's just saying that both of those guys have said they want to be here. Davis is at least a candidate for amnesty, so he's a possibility if he'll take a reduced salary. But Howard of course is under contract. 

The bigger problem is this continues a pattern. It's easy to pass this off, to say this is just one roleplayer saying Howard wants to come to L.A. and there's more to it. But we keep seeing the same things, whether it's talk of LeBron wanting to play with Wade, or Chris Paul toasting to playing in New York, there are rumors and whispers and small elements that seem to light the way for a small market star headed to a bigger one, and then it happens. And then everyone acts surprised.

Howard will deny it, and say he loves Orlando, and all the while, the same pattern will keep spelling Howard to the Lakers. Maybe Matt Barnes was just messing with the media. But in the meantime, Magic fans have to be sick with the fact that everyone keeps laughing about how obvious it is, that they're about to lose their second franchise center in fifteen years to the Lakers.

(HT: IAmAGM.com
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