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Report: Dwight Howard will only sign extension with four teams

Dec 13, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

Dwight Howard AP

If this report is true (and we get the sense it’s pretty spot on) the Dwight Howard saga is only going to end in one of four places. Whenever it ends.


Here is the tweet from ESPN’s Chris Broussard:


There r only 4 teams Dwight Howard would sign longterm deal with – Orl, NJ, LAL, Dal – a source says.


Interesting, but no real shocks. First thing that jumps out at me is Orlando is on that list. Howard has said he would stay in Orlando if there were serious roster changes (and he got input on them) and for now they are still in the mix. Which makes it harder on GM Otis Smith — find a way to get Chris Paul (or someone of that ilk) on the roster or trade your superstar by the deadline.


The other teams on that list are the ones we’ve heard before — the Lakers, Nets and Mavericks Howard has said he likes the Nets as an option but they will likely need a third team to get involved to make a trade work. The Lakers certainly would be a fit, but will they give up Andrew Bynum and Paul Gasol to make a deal. Mark Cuban’s franchise is one a lot of players would like to be part of, but this seems more likely to happen via free agency than trade.


While this may give us a better idea where Howard will land, when is another issue. It could be a while.

  1. mqcarpenter - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    The fact that players can dictate roster moves outside of themselves and even themselves outside free agency is ridiculous and should be a dangerous red flag to the entire league.

    Why is anyone entertaining the idea that Howard should get input on moves? Is his position C/AGM? Ridiculous.

    • kehnn13 - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:52 PM

      Silly comment. If it is important to the team to keep an impending free agent, they do what it takes to make him happy. If not, he has the right to leave, when his contract is up. People don’t seem to be realizing- the player who is telling ownership he wants out, or what it will take to make him stay is doing a favor. If Cleveland had known Lebron was going to leave a year ahead of time, I bet people would have been a lot happier with him. Of course, they still would have shredded him just like people are shredding Howard.

  2. cornersportsnet - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Well there you have otis get a star player and dwight stays if you cant do that then get the best players possuble in a trade

  3. klownboy - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Look for dude to be a Brooklyn Net. It makes too much sense for it not to happen…

  4. bjtmeyer - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Make up your mind Howard! You are so wishy-washy when it comes to where you want to play. First I hear you want out of Orlando, then I hear you are wanting to stay in Orlando, and now I hear that you have your eye set on other teams. Just gets old after a while. I probably will be one of many people not watching the NBA thisand watching college basketball instead.

    • bjtmeyer - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      this year*

    • goforthanddie - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      He wants out, he just doesn’t have the balls to come out and say it.

  5. niubears - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Why he doesn’t eat to play in Chicago is beyond me. You’ll play with DWill and Chris Paul but not the MVP? Guess he doesn’t want to be viewed by all the Bulls fans as the second best player on the team

  6. predicatepanda - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    The NBA … It’s Fantastic!

    Small Print Disclosure: The above slogan is only valid for the following markets: NY/LA/DAL/BOS/CHI. Furthermore, the NBA reserves the right to revise the above statement to read: NY/LA

    Commence with contraction.

    • wlubake - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      There are other big markets that could just as easily compete in the NBA, but don’t have the ownership/management to do so. Washington and Houston come to mind. Also, San Antonio and OKC have done fine despite being in small markets. This is just a new breed of stars in the NBA that say they want championships, but they really just want attention. You won’t ever see Durant pulling this kind of move. Nowitski didn’t either.

  7. florida727 - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    With the players calling the shots, or at least the superstar players calling the shots, the NBA will eventually turn into a 6-team league (at most, possibly only 4 teams) for all practical purposes. All the stars will want to play together to win what will eventually become a meaningless “championship”. Small-market teams will get screwed. Out of 82 regular season games, there might be 6-8 that are actually worth watching. Call me when the playoffs roll around. Maybe I’ll watch then. Maybe…

    • bozosforall - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      6 team league? You mean like in the olden days when the Celtics won most of their titles? LMAO

    • chuckj1234 - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:22 PM

      Howard’s Ego would fit perfectly in LA.

    • delius1967 - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:26 PM

      The whole small/big market split is imaginary. Minnesota, winners of exactly zero playoff series, is a bigger market than Miami. San Antonio, one of the most successful franchises in the league over the last decade, is in the bottom five, as is up-and-coming OKC. Bottom-half Cleveland was just fine until their best player left; the same pattern will probably hold with New Orleans and Chris Paul.

      On the other end, Chicago is the #3 market, but wasn’t competitve for years. Philadelphia is #4 and have been middle of the pack for years. And of course, there’s New York, where the Knicks have been bad for so long that it is hard to remember them ever being good, despite playing in a market almost 12 times the size of the smallest one.

      The “big market” problem in the NBA is a myth.

  8. sportsinhd - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    While the NBA does tilt unfairly towards large markets, I’d like to remind everyone that the San Antonio Spurs have won three championships in the last ten years, and the Detroit Pistons have won one. In addition the Oklahoma Thunder look like they might be set up to compete long-term. If you run your franchise well and make good decisions you can compete in small markets.

    Did the owners screw up by not creating some sort of “Franchise Tag” a la the NFL? You bet they did, and we are seeing that mistake play out in the Dwight Howard/Chris Paul sagas, but they made their own bed. The owners were too interested in money and not competitive balance. To get a season they sacrificed one for the other. I’m not thrilled with the actions of Howard or Paul, but it’s certainly in their best interests to get out of Orlando (mostly) and New Orleans (certainly). Those franchises certainly haven’t proven that they are “in it, to win it” so why waste your time with a franchise that can’t (or won’t) put the right pieces around you?

    • passerby23 - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:08 PM

      I think too much is made of the “owners are too biased toward big market teams” argument. You are correct, the Spurs, Pistons, and Thunder have done well for themselves. The Utah Jazz were perennial contenders for the better part of two decades, and likely would’ve won two championships if it weren’t for a guy named Michael Jordan. The Indiana Pacers were very good for many years. Meanwhile, the Knicks, until recently, have meddled in obscurity and failure for the last decade. Dallas, another big market team, floundered in the playoffs, never taken seriously until last year. Philly, a pretty good big market, hasn’t done much of late.

      All things being equal, the big market teams hold the advantage. But well-run small market teams can trump big markets. There’s no guarantee of championship just by buying good players. What happened to the Lakers in 2004 when they essentially tried to buy a championship team of all-star players?

      Besides all that, big market teams give us something to cheer against. It’s hard not to like an Oklahoma City and easy to hate a Miami Heat. That’s why we watch the games. Even if Dwight is traded to LA for Bynum and Gasol, to me that guarantees nothing. They’ve lost their entire frontline for one player.

  9. ss3walkman - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    They way Stern and the owners have been screwing teams on CP3’s deal I like to see a player taking control of his future. Seems like the world is mad at Stern and rightfully so, but you got a player doing what Stern and the owners are doing right back to them and it’s a problem?


    That’ll light a fire under them. How they’re tryna get over on every team for CP3 is crazy. There was two great offers for him but greed stopped both deals. Stern tryna rape the league cause he’s in control of Hornets.

    Dwight should join CP3 and not ask for nothing and to leave as a free agent next year, showing Stern and the owners they’re not to be fooled with.

  10. brooklynbulls - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    There was a time when I felt no player could ever annoy me as much as Lebron. But Carmelo proved me wrong with his Melo-Drama last year. Just when I’m ready to crown him king of pain in the ass, Dwight comes along with his back and forward updates of every new thought that enters his mind. Chris Paul’s annoyance is mainly Stern’s fault.
    Cant believe the the free agency we’ve been looking forward to all these months has turned into this three ring soap opera circus

  11. chargerdillon - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    There’s this huge misconception that the players control where they go and that by anouncing they wont sign a new contract means they can dictate to be traded.

    This is not true at all. It only seems true because franchises poorly build around one superstar player and break the bank on him. This business model is the fault of the NBA. Basketball is and will always be a team driven game. It’s every franchises fault for allowing one player to dictate their roster rather than allowing the GM or the Coach.

    Free Agency is the ABSOLUTE GREATEST THING IN SPORTS. It is not something to be feared by owners, it should be embraced for the sake of competitive balance.

    If owners want to cower to their players because they demand a trade with they still have a contract, THATS ON THE GM AND OWNERS. The moment Otis didn’t respond to Dwight with, “you’re here till the end of the 2011 season, we’ll talk then” he gave away all real credability.

    Just as was done in Denver, just as is being done in New Orleans, just as is being done in Orlando. We have a bunch of billionaire-franchise-owning-cowards. If Dwight leaves, is the Orland Magic still a franchise? Guess which one has more staying power? THE FRANCHISE.

    The NBA has created the impression players are bigger than teams and they have nobody to blame but themselves

    • randygnyc - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:45 PM

      Your assessment is bogus. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of NBA players lack ANY SORT OF CONTRACTUAL INTEGRITY. Once they decide they want to be traded, they ALL turn into a team cancer. Essentially, they quit on the owners that signed them, the players that compete with them and the fans that cheer for them.

      The owners should have busted the unions along with the players spirits. Make them beg to play for league minimum. Let them EARN their money!!!

  12. bozosforall - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    If the Lakers have to give up both Bynum and Gasol in the deal, then Nelson had better be part of the package coming back with Howard. Bynum, Gason and a couple of first rounders for Howard, Nelson and Turkoglu would probably work, both in terms of fairness and with the salary numbers.

  13. bhester1906 - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Looks like the players won the CBA after all. The mere fact player can leverage their ways into what they want is great for them but bad for the small teams. Sorry Dan Gilbert. Only way you are getting a good team is by drafting each and every player you get. But hell, after Irving’s contract is up hell probably leave, too….Karma for yo sleaze ball ass!

  14. jimsjam33 - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Dwight ,

    You are not LA Laker material . You are LA Clipper material . Here’s why . A Blake Griffin , DeAndre Jordan and an un-restricted top 5 draft pick next year makes the deal . You don’t lose any star power Blake for Dwight is star for star , but when the Clippers add Jordan and a draft pick it’s too delicious to pass up . Orlando are you listening ? Oh yeah , Dwight the Clippers now have Chauncey Billups .

  15. glink123 - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    If Stern wanted a way to prove his point that the league needs a hard cap to be a competitive league, he should’ve approved the CP3 trade to the Lakers. And he should let LA/NY/DAL/MIA sign all the “star” players. Then sit back and watch league attendance plummet. And watch TV ratings plummet. And watch the league contract to 24 teams. Then 16 teams. When the NBA Players Association loses 200+ players due to contraction, then Stern can say, “see? I told you so.”

  16. pete611 - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    It has finally happened!!!!
    After 2 decades of being a Mavericks fan it is finally a pretty good place to be.
    We are defending champs, have an owner that players want to play for, over a decade of 50+ wins.
    And most importantly—– DIRK NOWITZKI ——
    A franchise player who actually took less money to stay in Dallas, to lead his team to the finals.
    after years of coming up short in the playoffs Dirk did not give a list of teams he would like to play for. Instead he went to Cuban and gave him a discount so he could win with his own team. Not jump on a team he thinks is closer to winning.

    • bozosforall - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:42 PM

      I guess that makes up for all those years that the Cowboys have sucked. LOL

  17. jimsjam33 - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Hey Dallas fan ,

    No Tyson Chandler NO NBA title . Maybe even more important not signing J.J Barea was a pretty dumb move on the Mavericks part. He took the Lakers apart single handily , not Dirk .

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