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Report: Dwight Howard giving Orlando chance to improve

Dec 8, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

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Any reports that leak out of these intense meetings like the Orlando Magic had with Dwight Howard Monday need to be taken with a grain of salt. Or a handful.

That said, the report out of Hoopsworld about where Dwight Howard stands with the Magic makes some sense.

First, because it notes he is not going to sign an extension with the Magic no matter who they sign or what they do because that is not the prudent financial move. An extension right now could only add two years to Howard’s contract (the new labor deal says an extension can never take a player past four guaranteed years). If he plays out this season, opts out of his contract then re-signs with the Magic as a free agent he can get five years, $100 million. So the smart play is to opt out no matter what.

The question is does he re-sign with the Magic? Yes, if he thinks they can get him a ring.

What that means to Dwight is that he wants the Magic to be contenders, and to that end Orlando has a short list of players they would like to add in an effort to return to contention. Atlanta’s Josh Smith, Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala and Golden State’s Monta Ellis are on that list.

First, in an east with a loaded Heat and a loaded Bulls team, is that enough? Second, the Magic will have a hard time pulling off a big trade because they don’t have the young pieces anybody wants (Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick are nice, but would you give up Iggy or Monta for them?).

What the real take away from this should be is that the Howard saga is not going to end soon. If he gets traded it will be closer to the trade deadline months from now than before the season starts.

  1. cjpunk15 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    As a Laker fan this isn’t disheartening at all, D12 great defensive center and outside of dunks his offense is inconsistent. If Howard were to be traded and stayed with the Lakers after Kobe retires, would he really be that much more of a presence than Bynum has he potential of becoming? From the moment the Lakers/Hornets series ended, CP3 was número UNO on my wish list. Let’s face it Fisher hasn’t been a starting caliber PG for the last 3 years… Great leader, clutch but i think it’s time he fills B-Shaw’s role on the coaching staff

  2. bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson to the Lakers for Bynum, Odom and two first round picks. Maybe even throw in someone like Shannon Brown for good measure.

  3. felser - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    I’d give Iggy and his contract for Anderson and Redick.

  4. lorddarkhelmet - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    trade for Josh Smith and claim Billups if he gets cut for Chandler. If Howard can’t take that team to the finals he shouldn’t be considered a star and doesn’t deserve all the attention.

  5. dirksimmons - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Even if he got one of those guys, I can’t see them beating the Heat, the Bulls, and maybe even the Knicks (provided they get Chandler) in a 7-game series. I totally understand his allegiance to Orlando. I get that he wants to stay, but Miami has such an advantage for the next 5 years (at least). This won’t be the year they win that elusive championship. If he’s willing to stay for 2-3 more years, it’s possible. Now…if he’s willing to go to the Bulls (or Lakers), he’ll have plenty of rings.

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