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Rent-a-Dwight. Magic listening to trade offers from all teams.

Dec 30, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

Dwight Howard AP

Dwight Howard is trying to control the process — he has given the Magic a list of places he is willing to sign a contract extension if traded (Dallas, New Jersey and with the Los Angeles Lakers).

But the Magic are hoping other teams will jump in with bids to rent the superstar center for half a season. Teams with little or no shot of keeping him long term.

Right. I’m hoping to buy a small Caribbean island with my lottery winnings. But the Magic are hoping teams will jump in to “rent-a-Dwight” according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The Magic are talking to more teams than the ones on Dwight Howard’s wish list. They will listen to anybody who is willing to take a risk and give up a few good men for Howard if he can lead them to the NBA Finals as a temp.

It’s another reason why they will wait until the March 15 deadline to make a deal for Howard, after he’s played 44 games in Orlando. His new team would land him for 22 games, plus the postseason.

Thing is, it’s still going to take A-list assets to get Howard, so is a team really going to give up a star player or two to rent Dwight Howard for 22 games and the playoffs?

Bottom line here is the Magic are still trying to convince Dwight to stay and will through the All-Star Game (in Orlando in late February) and after that the trade talks will get serious. Until then, the Magic can dream teams will fall over themselves to trade for Howard. What they will find is teams know Howard wants out and the pressure will really be on Orlando.

  1. jagwar73 - Dec 30, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Send the guy to Chicago for Noah/Deng and a couple of number ones!

    • drugrehabnewyork - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:27 AM

      There is talk around that Adidas (or whatever shoe company) won’t let that happen, because both Derrick Rose and Howard are Adidas endorsers, and Adidas doesn’t want them ‘competing’ in the same market. I think Simmons wrote about this, not sure. Anyway, this conspiracy theory makes sense for the simple reason that there is no reason Chicago wouldn’t be on Howard’s ‘list’.

      • gpatrick15 - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:32 AM

        I’m not buying that one, no matter how much they try to assert that. Not you, the media and whoever started that potential rumor. I understand that adidas doesn’t have the clout that Nike does, but putting their two star endorsees on the same team will not cannibalize their sales. If Dwight wants to sign with Chicago (which he apparently doesn’t), adidas has no power to stop him. And if by chance they have the audacity to drop him, Nike/Jordan, plus a number of up and coming companies like Under Armor will swoop in and throw oodles of cash at him.

      • savvybynature - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        I’ve heard that too but not sure that really makes sense for Adidas. Why not have the two superstars on what is possibly the best team in the league? If they win a championship, isn’t it better to have both guys from a championship team than two guys from playoff after-thought teams?

        I don’t see Nike complaining that LeBron and D Wade are on the same team.

      • gpatrick15 - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        @savvy hit it right on the head with the LeBron/Wade reference. If they frowned upon having two high ranking endorsees on the same team, then there would be a shortage of sneaker and apparel endorsement deals. Lebron and Wade are both under the Nike umbrella, and the sales have never dipped.

      • thatboi901 - Dec 30, 2011 at 2:04 PM

        b/c you would have two stars working the same market essentially stealing sells from each other.If you in Chicago you probably buy one or the other apparel, not both. If you want to maximize your money you have your two best money makers working in two different markets. It works out for Nike b/c for one LeBron is one of the biggest international stars in sports and two you have big time stars in LA and NY already.

      • liltmac2003 - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:29 PM

        The only person that understands Dwight Howard is Dwight Howard. Simply said, the guy is super confusing.

        First he says it’s all about winning…which is why he won’t sign with Orlando. Chicago would be a good fit for winning.

        Than he gives his list of teams and the Nets are on top of that list. No disrespect to any Nets fans, but they aren’t really in the winning position, at least NOW they aren’t.

        Then rumors spread he doesn’t want to be in Chicago because of the weather. The Nets will be moving to Brooklyn, and they aren’t the Sunshine state’s cousin.

        His list of teams included the Lakers, which if he does go to them, it would be an almost exact reincarnation of Shaq. Big center with Orlando, goes to Finals, doesn’t win, eventually wants out, goes to LA to play with the Black Mamba…but than Dwight says he hates being compared to Shaq and wants to set his “own legacy”.

        Throw in Adidas to the mix, which makes sense. Chicago is a huge market. Why would they limit an established market for Rose and counter it with Dwight. From a business perspective, it makes sense…but since when does a shoe company make decisions about your future?

        Than when it comes to interviews and such, he says I’m with the Magic.

        Props to Dwight Howard for confusing the hell out of the media, but I’m afraid he’s even confused himself.

  2. sknut - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    There was also a post here on PBT to that effect and I think that is a joke. Chicago would be a great place for Howard screw the shoe companies. If Howard wants to win Chicago would be the best place to do that.

    • bparmalee - Dec 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      Howard doesnt care about winning. If he cared about winning the Nets wouldnt be tops on his list. I still say Noah/Deng arent a great deal for Orlando but I guess if Bulls fans are willing to take the risk I hope it gets done. I mean when he walks in the summer you guys will still have that awesome guy Boozer.

    • purplerain53 - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:28 PM

      Chicago to win??? You must be kidding.And also, Noah and Deng + draft pics is not enough to get Dwight. You have to offer D.Ross too.Ha,ha,ha.Chicago to win. That was the biggest joke I have heard in 2011.

      • citizen3x - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:39 AM

        Noah, Deng & a high draft pick is enough for Howard. Howard is truly exceptional on defense and could actually increase his rebound rate with more effort. As for offense he is limited to peaking in the high teens or low 20s. Kevin Love’s scoring and rebounding are better. Deng has developed into the most underrated player in the league on both ends of the floor and Chicago would be loath to package him in a deal. More likely to offer Noah & Boozer and something else.

  3. gpatrick15 - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Rose, Hamilton, Hedo, Boozer (or Gibson), and Howard=2011/12 NBA Champions. I’m no bulls fan, but who would be able to compete on offense and defense against this lineup? Chicago is a place Howard can go and rack up 5 more DPOY trophies and a potential MVP or two. Like Tiki, I’m flabbergasted that Chicago wasn’t at the top of his list.

    • rosloe62 - Dec 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM

      Howard is not a winner! He is a numbers guy who wants to hob knob in the nightlife of LA, NY, or Dallas. Chicago would be his best place to win, but being from Chicago, I don’t want a guy who doesn’t want to play for you. Elton Brand didn’t like Chicago and wanted to play elsewhere, so they traded him away. How many rings has Brand one? Chicago already has guys that WANT to win. Plus, their future looks great with an upcoming draft pick (could be #1) and a player who is one of the best PF in Europe… coming soon. So let Howard make tons, hang with Jay Z, and talk about how he wished he one a championship, when he retires!

      • gpatrick15 - Dec 30, 2011 at 11:11 AM

        The thing is, if he goes to LA or Dallas, at least, he’d have just as good a shot as the Bulls to win a title. New Jersey, not so much. But he can definitely go to LA or Dallas and win a championship. I think you have other things to worry about than being bitter Dwight Howard doesn’t want to be a Bull.

      • mytthor - Dec 30, 2011 at 12:52 PM

        Is there more nightlife in Dallas than Chicago?

        I don’t know, I mean you’re saying he doesn’t want to win and your evidence is his wanting to go to one of the last 2 teams to win a championship? I think it’s more likely Dwight does want to win, but doesn’t know how to build a team to do so.

      • sasquash20 - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:35 PM

        Dallas has a better night life then Chicago? As someone who has been to both but doesn’t live in either, I can honestly tell you Chicago has the better night life. Chicago is in my opinion a much better city.

  4. gpatrick15 - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    On topic, though, there’s probably only 3 teams willing to rent a superstar: Dallas, Houston, and New Jersey. No other teams will be willing to trade for him without him first signing an extension. Because of this, Dwight Howard still has the most leverage.

  5. minnesotablizzard - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    KAAAAAHHHHHHHNNN!!! Kahn feels the heat and trades Wes Johnson, Beasley, Darko, and picks to start Howard-Love-D Williams-Barea-Rubio. Well at least I could dream…lol

    • gpatrick15 - Dec 30, 2011 at 11:05 AM

      The Magic emphatically reject that offer. Even if KAAAAAHHHHNNNNN!!!! makes an offer, he’d HAVE to give up Derrick Williams or Ricky Rubio. Possibly both.

    • loungefly74 - Dec 30, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      im giving a thumbs up just for the “KAAAAAAAAHHHNNNN!!!!” reference alone.

  6. vstyle23 - Dec 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    @rosloe62, I’m with you. D12 is overrated. He can give you defense and rebounds but go to in the clutch, no!!! If Orlando can get an offensive player and a defensive player in return they win. Getting Bynum and Metta would be a win for Orlando. They don’t have a bad team right now and Hedo is ballin right now. As you saw with the last championship it takes a team not a star!!

    • mytthor - Dec 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM

      Yeah Dirk isn’t a star. Good call.

    • gpatrick15 - Dec 30, 2011 at 1:10 PM

      Dirk? A star if I ever saw one. Only one team, ONE team, in recent memory has won a championship without a bonafide star, and thats the Detroit Pistons of 04.

      • sasquash20 - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:41 PM

        Chauncy Billups is pretty close to a star. Or was a star.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        But Detroit had one of the best coaches in NBA history in Larry Brown. Between taking AI and 11 no-names to the finals in 2000-01 and winning a title with Detroit in 04-05, I have a hard time figuring out which season was a better coaching job.

    • sasquash20 - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      Bynum is hurt all the time, and Douche bag World Peace is a joke as a player and as a human being. Howard may be overrated but he one of the top big men in the game right now. His offense has slowly been getting better, and his defense and rebounding is awesome. So no way would I do that if I was Orlando.

      • purplerain53 - Dec 30, 2011 at 10:53 PM

        squash,

        Bynum looks very healthy right now and plays very well with Pau. He is able to put double-doubles every given night. And Metta, even at his age, he is still one of the top defenders in the league. So do not underestimate both of them.Plus, there will be probably another filler like Luke Walton or one of the rookies D.Carachter or A.Goudelock and eventualy a 1-st round draft pic.

        And talking about your Dw.Howard, I did watched your game against the Oklahoma and….oh, boy, they smashed you.I have been following very closely every move of Howard and can tell you one thing.He was farrrrrr awayyyyy from an All-Star player. It is obvious, Dwight does not wants to play for Orlando anymore.Get over with it. After the All-Star break, he is living the town no matter what do you think. It is just business.And the best the Magics can get in return is the package mentioned above, because Dallas don’t have the trading assets. The Nets’ trade centerpiece Brooks is seriously injured. That makes the Lakers the only partner in the deal.

  7. vstyle23 - Dec 30, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    I know Dirks a Star and has been a star for a long time but didn’t win until he had a “team” Labron is a stud but had to leave to get with a team. They still didn’t win because as star loaded as they are, it takes a team!!! Knowing your role!!!

  8. beagle11 - Dec 30, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Anyone think the Knicks could’ve legitimately traded Amare for D12 prior to the Chandler signing? Just hypothetically?

    • sasquash20 - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      not in a million years

  9. alekezam - Dec 30, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    I think Dwight isn’t so much confused as he is just in a tough spot. Because he’d no doubt love to be a Laker but it probably really does bug him to be following in Shaq’s footsteps. No man ever wants to follow in someone else’s footsteps if they can help it.

    I also think that D12 and CP3 talked behind the scenes since both listed LA as a possible place to go. And had Stern not killed the Paul deal, I have little doubt Howard would be in a Laker uniform by now.

  10. brtdud7 - Dec 30, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Noah, Deng, Gibson, Korver and maybe a pick or 2 for Howard and Turkeyglue

    Get it done.

  11. cluelessdufus - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    since im a bulls fan i would love to see him there i think noah and deng and 2 first rounders should do it otherwise this does just comes from the top of my head russel westbrook and perkins and mabey a first rounder or 2 to send howard and nelson

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