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Dwight Howard and his Orlando dilemma

Dec 5, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT

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Everyday until Dwight Howard makes a decision about his future we will hear conflicting reports about whether he wants to stay or go in Orlando.

Because Howard himself is conflicted, torn between the only franchise he’s known and what is best for him as a player.

The evidence of this conflict comes via this report that Howard wants to stay in Orlando. With conditions.

Saturday afternoon, one of Dwight Howards’ closest confidants told BHSN that Howard’s preference is to stay in Orlando, rather than be traded. Howard’s hope is for Magic President Otis Smith to “hit a home run” via trade and acquire another NBA superstar, most notably Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets. Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors was another name also mentioned.

Those trades are not happening, unless you think someone wants to take on Hedo Turkoglu’s contract just so they can get J.J. Redick.

Dwight Howard cares about Orlando, both the fans and the organization. It’s his home. But he realizes this roster is years away from winning again and he knows his legacy — not to mention endorsement dollars, particularly internationally — depend on a ring. Or rings.

So he is conflicted. He wants to stay in his heart, but his head is saying it’s time for a change.

And you get the feeling his head is going to win this battle unless Otis Smith has a miracle in his back pocket.

  1. darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    d12 is leaving

  2. diablito0402 - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    I see lakers in his future, and multiple rings!!

    • darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      nope he want to play with deron williams in Brooklyn or chris paul(unlikely to happen)and monta ellis(never happening) he not going to an aging lakers team bro he want to play with a young pg

      • trueballs - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:48 AM

        Also, Dwight may not be totally comfortable on the Lakers. Gasol is certainly a more skilled big man and Kobe is Kobe. In some instances he would be the 3rd option offensively.

        That’s a tough adjustment…but somehow, though, I think they’d make it work.

      • darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM

        dwight howard doesnt want to play for the lakers because he doesnt want to be a 3rd option offensively: Gasol is certainly a more skilled big man and Kobe is Kobe. which means he not going to LA. he wants to play with chris paul or deron williams

  3. darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    d12 and cp3 or d12 and d-will would be a better option than d12,aging kobe maybe gasol cuz d12 wants to be the man not the third option for the lakers. sorry lakers fan but d12 will be a Brooklyn Nets with d-will or stay in Orlando if Otis smith bring cp3.

    • darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:02 AM

      cp3 will join the knicks and d12 will join dwill in brooklyn

  4. lastdukestreetking - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Magic need to trade for CP3 right now. No need to have him guarantee he wants to stay in Orlando. Trade can be done without forcing NO to take Hedo or Arenas. Magic have much better players to offer NO than NY does. Have Paul & Dwight play togetther for one full season. If it works then it’s great for both the players and the Magic. If they decide to walk next summer then let them go. The teams they may want to play for don’t have the cap room without a trade. The Magic would then have some leverage.

    • darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:59 AM

      you cant do that if ur the magic cuz if they both leave then ur stuck with Hedo and Arenas bad contract they need to trade d12 to the nets cuz it will allow the magic organization to rebuild quicker cp3 want to be on my knicks bad and if the magic allow d12 to join the lakers that means every big man they draft will eventually join the lakers organization one d12 to nets cuz they will give u draft picks,take hedo bad contract off ur books plus u get a young talent in brook lopez instead of injury prone center andrew bynum which is also a restricted free agent in 2012 and probably want to leave the magic if they dont give him max dollars

  5. mojosmagic - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Trade him to Philly, they have good young players and draft picks to offer back. Collins is a fantastic players coach and they have new owners with money and the will to win.

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