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Dwight Howard wants to play with Chris Paul. Jameer who?

Jun 30, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for howard_Walk.jpgDwight Howard wants to win. He got a taste of it, he got to the doorstep of a title two years ago. Last year, there was Boston. The retooled — good bye Hedo, hello Vince — Magic could not match up. Jameer Nelson was back and the Magic did not get as far.

So Howard gave a list of players he wants the Magic to go out and get to GM Otis Smith, according to Ken Berger at CBSSports.com (via NBA Truth and Rumors blog).

Top of the list: Chris Paul.

Which is a scary combo — the best point guard and the best center walking the planet (well, unless Yao Ming is healthy) teamed up. Thunder and lightning. Paul coming off the pick then lobbing an ally-oop to Dwight Howard is an intimidating thought. The Magic would instantly be serious title contenders. Which they already are, but they become a more dynamic version.

New Orleans, however, does not want to trade Paul. Incoming owner Gary Chouest knows he is the franchise cornerstone — the best player, the guy in front on the marketing campaign, the guy who people pay to see play. He wants to build around Paul and float the other bad contracts around him out in the Gulf with all that oil.

Basically, Paul is not getting traded. Now now anyway — but if you’re Jameer Nelson right now, how do you feel? One season after an All-Star appearance, the leader of the franchise is throwing you under the bus. He wants an upgrade. Nelson had a good but not great season coming back from injuries, seemed to improve as the year went on then struggled against Rajon Rondo and the Celtics. For Dwight, apparently it is time for Nelson to go.

Pretty cold. Which is just how the Magic’s locker room may feel next year.

  1. scoot - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Howard needs to learn how to pay offense before starts telling management what he wants. Don’t get me wrong, Howard is one of my favorite players, personality wise, but if it’s not an easy dunk, he struggles to make his own shot..

  2. E-ROC - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Dwight Howard’s leadership leaves a lot to be desired. Just. Wow. Howard’s game hasn’t evolved since coming into the league. He should focus on improving his offensive game instead of management decisions. One could argue that his stunted development offensively has contributed much to the Magic’s coming up short this year.

  3. zg - Jun 30, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    You guys are missing the point. I’ve been as a big a critic as any on dwight’s “offensive game” but if there are rumors that the best point guard in the league is available, you go get him. That’s not a slight at Jameer. He’s not saying they can’t win with Jameer. He’s saying that if you take the two best players at the two hardest positions to fill in the NBA, Stern will hand you a championship. Unless, of course, the miami triumverate ends up happening somehow.

  4. jonesy - Jul 2, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    scoot please learn how spell play before you bash the cornerstone of our franchise, truthfully i wish dwight would have walked into the front office and demanded it, but i guess ill accept a note if that is true, it is time that howard show “personality wise” that he is not just a talented big-kid, but dominant man ready to own the center spot like shaq once did. if howard wants paul i say we shut up and try to get him or whoever howard wants, cuz though i like nelson, but i dont know if i could handle losing another dominant big man like in the shaq era, plus can you imagine paul and howard, it would be CRAZY!!!! maybe a better combo then shaq and penny.

  5. alan - Jul 4, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    seriously guys, if we want a championship we definitley cannot do anything to end up eventually losing howard! if he wants paul we have to atleast make a strong effort in getting him. plus if we get paul we are almost guranteed to win a championship and atleast thats want howard wants, and so do i, dont you?

  6. tradarian mitchell - Jul 29, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    chris paul need to go to the magics my two favorite players teaming up thats unstoppable the best pg and the best center and if magics can aquire a good power foward and put rashard lewis at small forward that can be a team that can stop miami heat make that trade

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