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Report: Warriors offered Monta Ellis for Dwight Howard

Jun 18, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

Can’t blame the Warriors for trying.

They are shopping Monta Ellis around (and not having great luck), they want to get more defensive, so why not go after the big fish? They did, according to a tweet from Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.

The Dwight Howard sweepstakes have begun. Golden State offered Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Ekpe Udoh. Unlikely that’ll get it done.

It’s not going to get done right now — and nor are any of your other fanciful trade ideas for Howard (I’m looking at you, Lakers fans) — because Howard is not on the market.

Orlando wants to keep him. Right now they are looking to make their own big move to shake up the roster — they’d be interested in Monta — but they want to put guys next to Howard. Not trade him. After the trades last season to bring in the oversized contracts of Gilbert Arenas and Hedo Turkoglu it will be hard for the Magic to do, but they will try.

As we move into next season (whenever that starts) the Magic could be faced with the same situation that Denver faced with Carmelo Anthony last season — if he tells them he’s not going to re-sign they have to consider trading him (rather than lose him for nothing). But for now their goal is to find a way to impress Howard and keep him.

  1. jjstrokes - Jun 18, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Throw in David Lee & then we’ll start discussing something…. maybe

  2. billsfanaddict - Jun 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    until/unless the owner that trades for howard crucifys his GM by doubling the outgoing assets & halving the incoming ones at the last second you cant truly compare the paralelle to melo

    • billsfanaddict - Jun 18, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      —–and otis smith might be smart enough to pull a utah jazz n not gut his team before subsequently cutting his losses, give him some credit, he trys & he might yet make the right Decision

    • jizzojames - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:27 AM

      Paralelle? WOW!!

  3. barkley4life - Jun 18, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Howard will be the first guy that will be truly tested to leave to win or for money. New CBA is going to hurt the players pockets.

    Personally I think the big Russian gets him in NJ. I doubt oOrlando trades him to L.A…New jersey could give them a good player(Lopez) and salary cap relief.

    • zackd2 - Jun 18, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      Yeah, Orlando really wants salary cap relief so they can build around Arenas, & Turk…

      And I’m sure Orlando will love their C production going from 14 reb/game to 6…

      • jjstrokes - Jun 18, 2011 at 5:09 PM

        Great call zack… Gortat is already a more premium Center than Lopez will ever be. If Dwight ever gets traded we better find a way to Marcin back to Orlando

  4. randysavage4ever - Jun 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    I’ll throw in Curry too… Yes, I would trade pretty much my entire team for 1 POWER MOVE and franchise changing player…

    start from scratch and build around Dwight, sign vets a la The Mavericks…

    Dwight + vets/randoms is better then what Golden State has right now…

  5. Justin - Jun 18, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Hmmm well there is a large discrepancy in skill with Howard over Ellis. However, there is an even larger discrepancy in tattoos with Ellis dominating Howard.

  6. mistercharitystripe34 - Jun 18, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Orlando would love deron williams to join dwight. i believe deron is a free agent this offseason.

    • jjstrokes - Jun 18, 2011 at 5:15 PM

      With the Magic’s current salary situation (& the new CBA looming) there’s no way we’ll be able to take on Deron’s contract through free agency. Trade Jameer & Bass for him once the season starts…. & signing Fran Vazquez this off-season would be a good idea.

  7. andrejohnsonforpresident - Jun 18, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    idc how it happens but get him to the bulls. Rose an howard would be a dominant force.

  8. skip3525 - Jun 18, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    That’s all Orlando needs is another small guard that shoots too much.
    They must feel the need to keep at least 3 on their roster or something.

  9. hknowlton1 - Jun 18, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Why would the warriors give up Ellis it makes no sense

  10. brtdud7 - Jun 18, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    For the Bulls: Deng, Noah, Taj Gibson, and multiple first round picks for Howard and Turkoglu (so they can get a bad contract off their books).

    • passerby23 - Jun 18, 2011 at 9:42 PM

      And the Bulls would take on Turkoglu’s terrible, bloated contract why exactly???? The Bulls have something good going, they are only another player away from competing for a championship. No need for a massive shakeup trying to get Dwight. If I’m Orlando, I try to shop Arenas and Turkoglu. When that fails, I look to move Dwight for a good younger player and at least 2 first round picks. The transition will be painful, but not as much as watching the Arenas-Turkoglu debacle unfold and then Dwight walking.

  11. dogsweat1 - Jun 18, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Curry, Lee and Ellis for Howard…..

  12. dirtybird2020 - Jun 19, 2011 at 3:45 AM

    No way id trade ellis and cuury in same package, and david lee with them is just retarded!! David lee and howard would kill in paint!!!!

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