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Report: Warriors aren’t giving up on the Dwight dream

Feb 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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The Warriors are not storming the gates of playoff heaven. They’re barely within sight of the pearly wrought iron structures that guard May and June at 11-16, on a two-game losing streak after some progress this month. But that doesn’t mean they think they’re lost in the wilderness. Quite the contrary, they think they’re good to go, so much so that they still believe they’re in play for Dwight Howard. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

But the Warriors like the flexibility that comes with their 14-man roster and are convinced that they’re still players in a potential deal for Orlando’s Dwight Howard. Warriors sources said they believe the Magic could eventually deal their big man without receiving a draft pick in return, if there are enough players involved – a deal like David Lee, Monta Ellis and either Udoh or Klay Thompson for Howard and Glen Davis.

“We’ve been aggressively pursuing a number of big people who would help us. We’ll stay right on top of anything we can do to bring an effective big man into our organization,” said Riley, who is not allowed by league rules to address specific players from other teams. “We would give up a lot to get somebody like that. Joe Lacob’s whole process since he’s taken over has been to be very aggressive. I would say that we have the likelihood of being more aggressive than we might have been a few years ago.”

via Warriors shopping for a big man.

Golden State will not give this up. Despite Howard reportedly only being interested in L.A., New York, or Dallas, and despite the Magic having not pushed for such a deal, there the Dubs are, waving enthusiastically like the guy with the crush on the girl who doesn’t even know he exists.

It could actually work, though, you know. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Dorrell Wright, Davis, and Dwight Howard? That’s not bad. It’s not great, but it’s not bad. The Magic have said they want capable veterans, and Lee and Ellis comprise quite a bit of production. If anything, it’s good that the Warriors are trying to be aggressive in making a big move like this. The problem is that new ownership has talked a really big game so far without actually having made contact on a swing for the fences. Safe to say landing Howard would be such a home run, but that pitch is pretty far outside right now.

  1. EvanZ - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    “Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Dorrell Wright, Davis, and Dwight Howard? That’s not bad. It’s not great, but it’s not bad.” It’s unlikely to be a significant improvement over the current Orlando squad. Why would Howard ever want to re-sign with this team?

    • therealhtj - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      He’ll have about 30 million reasons to re-sign. That’s the difference if he walks as a FA from whatever team trades for him and gets his “Bird” rights.

      This has Jerry West written all over it. He’s been saying all along that he’d challenge any free agent to walk away from that kind of money, and I doubt D12 or any of them would. Even Bron and Bosh ultimately got their S&T’s where they didn’t lose a dime and the difference wasn’t that great under the old CBA.

      Honestly, Orlando should do the same. Tell D12, you wanna go, go on and leave. But you’ll be leaving 30 million behind. Good luck with that.

      See how long he manages to maintain that fake smile of his after that.

  2. AlohaMrHand - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    what’s their dream?To rent a player for half a season,lose in the playoffs and watch him sign somewhere else and get nothing for it?

    • juanandonly24 - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      It’s not like it would honestly be far-fetched. The Warriors could offer one of the better packages for Howard and look at what happened this last offseason, one of the historically worst franchises in the league got Chris Paul. I’m just saying, anything could happen…

  3. lastdukestreetking - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Actually a player like Howard is really only leaving about $4M on the table unless he has some sort of bad injury. He’ll become a FA again one year sooner and be able to sign another max contract at that time. Also, Howard would be able to demand a get a player option to get out of whatever contract he signs (Magic or other team).

  4. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Also, sign and trades are never like real trades. For example, if Dwight wanted to go to the Lakers this off-season, there’s no way the Lakers would give the Magic Bynum. They would basically take whatever was offered to them that made sense financially

  5. thetruth113 - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    What? This makes no sense. Why would Orlando take on two horrible contracts in Lee and Ellis in exchange for Dwight? Usually when a team is dumping bad contracts, the receiving team gets something of value along with those contracts, not giving up one of the best players in basketball

    “Lee and Ellis comprise quite a bit of production”

    By production you mean for the other team? They are two of the worst defenders at their positions and Monta might be the most inefficient scorer in the NBA. Monta is a net negative being on the floor. I’m curious, do you just look at how many points a guy is scoring and use that as the only yardstick of value?

  6. ihatecomingupwiththesenames - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    I would love to see this happen. I like Dwight so much as a player. But, to be honest, the Orlando teams since 2004 just haven’t been that compelling to me. Steph Curry’s got mad game, and I like Dorrell Wright. D12 would probably really enjoy living in San Fran, much more than say Dallas. He and Deron Williams would be scary, but the Nets have so little else, they still aren’t winning a championship the next couple years… I think this would be a great trade. Good for the NBA. California would be stacked with good teams. I just hope he doesn’t go to the Lakers. Anybody but the Lakers, Dwight, and I still love you.

    • dominator71030 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      The magic dont have that bad of pieces either. Ryan Anderson is having a great season averaging 17 points and like 7 rebounds(with Dwight on the team). Reddick is also a good bench player. The Magic just need a good guard like Deron Williams to finish off their team. They dont have that good of guard play with Nelson and Richardson.

  7. zzr600guy - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    I don’t see the logic in blowing up your team and sending a few starters for D12. Howard wont have enough help left behind to do anything. The warriors would be best served to trade for Kamen or Okafor.

  8. borderline1988 - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    I’m not quite sure why Howard would want to sign with the Warriors. After a trade like that, the Warriors would be a perennial playoff team, but not championship contenders. Kind of like…Orlando.

    Howard either wants to go to a big, fun, glamorous market (LA, Dallas, etc.) or find a team that’s going to contend for a championship. Otherwise, he might as well stay in Orlando, and not be looked upon like a villain, a la Lebron, Bosh, or Carmelo.

    And I agree with the previous comment…I doubt that he’s going to walk away from the money.

    If the Magic could somehow swing a deal for Nash…man, that would be the greatest move ever on their part b/c Howard would be foaming at the mouth to play with Nash.

    I’m not an expert on the new CBA…is there anyways that could happen?

    • canadaworldcup - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      The Bay Area is about twice the size of the Dallas market. As for a “fun and glamorous” market, isn’t that kind of a subjective opinion? The Bay Area can be in the same category.

  9. jgray30 - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    I think D12 is a good player, but his presence dosent bring any of these teams a ring. Lets be honest.

  10. max20characters - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    The Warriors would definetly be a contender for at least the 6th seed with D12. Unbelievable talent without a big man and defense. Dwight obviously brings both of those to a lights out shooting team!

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