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Report: Warriors “aggressive” suitor to rent Dwight Howard

Jan 5, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

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Dwight Howard gave the Magic a list of places where he would sign an extension (New Jersey, Dallas, the Los Angeles Lakers). The Magic said they would listen to offers from teams willing to “rent” Howard for this season without the guarantee he would opt in for another year at least (as Chris Paul did) or sign outright with them to stay.

The Golden State Warriors have been one of the most aggressive of those looking to rent, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

For the Magic to become intrigued with package, two things would likely have to appeal to them: rebuilding around young point guard Stephen Curry; and the Warriors’ salary-cap space to absorb the three years and $34 million left on Hedo Turkoglu’s contract. The possibility of the pursuit could be complicated by questions about the sturdiness of Curry’s surgically repaired right ankle.

There also would be future draft picks thrown in. How much more would Golden State be willing to put in the pot just to rent Howard? Probably not much, but this is a new ownership group. That said, it’s kind of hard to picture Dwight Howard in a City uniform.

As we stand right now, the Magic are still not willing to move Howard, so all this discussion is hypothetical now until minds change in Orlando.

But is what Golden State offers really the best package for Orlando? There is the New Jersey package that brings in Brook Lopez and picks (and gets rid of the Turkoglu deal. The Lakers reportedly were willing to offer Andrew Bynum (but not Pau Gasol, too). Both of those packages may be better to build on that Curry and picks.

Plus, if and when the Magic get serious, 26 other teams will make offers, too. The Magic will have plenty to consider.

  1. jmclarkent - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    If they give away Stephen Curry, picks and take on Hedo without a guarantee that Dwight will resign, this franchise should be officially demoted to the NBADL.

  2. illegalblues - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Dwight rental will buy them a really sweet 1st round blowout loss.

  3. lakerluver - Jan 5, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    This is just plain dumb. G. State’s not gonna win the title this season unless they can rent Howard AND LeBron AND Kevin Love! Howard alone ain’t gonna do nothing but get them to the 1st round of the playoffs. Maybe.

  4. steelyres211 - Jan 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    It’s soooooooooooooo not worth it to rent Howard unless you’ve got a shot at winning it all. Golden State, with a rookie head coach, doesn’t.

  5. goforthanddie - Jan 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I’m sure Orlando would just LOVE to have Curry’s bum ankle. Ellis is sounding better every day.

  6. anhdazman - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    Warriors should have dealt Curry for CP3. Ellis is clearly the Warriors best player. Get Ellis, Lee and Howard on the same court and we’ll have a play-off bound team.
    Didn’t we already rent Webber for one year?
    Let’s take our chances with Howard and win him over….better than to deal with anymore of Kwame Brown and Biedrins at the Center position.

  7. lastdukestreetking - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Magic won’t take anyone with injuries. Too much of Grant Hill’s shadow.

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