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Dwight Howard may land a lot of places, but not with Knicks

Mar 1, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

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Any time a superstar is on the move via free agency, there are a couple teams that just automatically come up in the conversation. Whether there is anything to it or not. Fans will bring it up, rumors will get flowing, logic be damned.

Like Dwight Howard to the Knicks. New York already has a very good center in Tyson Chandler who fits what they do very well — he defends, rebounds and is great on the pick-and-roll. Yet the Howard rumors and comments still swirl.

Well, stop it. He’s not going there. Well, unless he changes his mind (and the Magic do, too). Here is what Chris Broussard said at ESPN.

New York is another place Howard would consider settling in long-term, and the talent-laden Knicks could offer a package that could rival just about anyone’s, something along the lines of Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. The Knicks, however, have not discussed this scenario with the Magic and sources say, they will get involved in a potential trade for Howard only if the Orlando center gives strong indications that he wants to play there. Otherwise, the Knicks do not believe it’s worth the risk of potentially upsetting some of their star players by including them in a trade offer that’s unlikely to be accepted.

Nothing is happening with Howard until the Magic decide they need to move him, and right now they are working to put talent around him, not move him. I’d still say it’s 50/50 or better the Magic hold on to Howard through the trade deadline. And if they do move him, they may well not like the Knicks offer best.

Howard may end up playing in New York next season, but more than likely in the borough of Brooklyn.

  1. drobstad - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Why would the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler for Howard? Howard can not have the ball in his hands down the stretch because teams will just foul him. Carmelo is the closer great playoff teams need. Now that the Knicks have a PG and the deepest bench in the NBA, they have a real chance at making some noise in the East.

  2. doctorfootball - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    The Knicks don’t want another Melo situation where they trade all their players for one guy. That’s the situation that the Nets, Lakers and whoever wants Howard will be in. They won’t be in a situation to win a title this season, maybe not even next season. Whatever team lands Howard is going to have a hell of a time trying to build around him.

    • qwertify - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      That’s not the only possible scenario you know. Howard could stay with the Magic or get traded somewhere then decides to play it out ’til season’s end. He could then sign as a free agent wherever he wants to, so the team that he signs with gets to keep its core players in addition to getting Dwight. Whether it be the Lakers, Mavs, or Nets, that sounds like a contender to me.

      • goforthanddie - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Yeah, except any team worth joining will have minimal cap space to add him. I don’t see Howard taking a huge pay cut to sign anywhere; the fact that NJ is his desired trade shows winning isn’t his top priority.

      • qwertify - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:24 PM


        Why not? Deron-Howard would be one of the best PG-C duo’s ever since the Stockton-Malone era. They’ll also have a good frontcourt with Lopez sliding to the 4. And with the way the Nets have been playing, they’ll get a pretty high pick in the upcoming draft which is stacked with talent. Playing in Brooklyn is just a bonus for Dwight. Winning is not far-fetched if ever he decides to go to NJ.

  3. mdpickles - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I love Dwight’s game, but this type of speculative drama is lame.

    • gcbball3 - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      Bc u are mr. Joe cool right, speculation is one of the great things about being a true athletics fan I cannot wait for the trade deadline in all major sports to see where some stars get moved the rumors are a part of that it gives us fans more to talk about and adds excitement, u sir are a lame

  4. rotaylla - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Who the hell brought out this stinking rumour??? That guy must be high on something….

  5. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Just like the “J.R. Smith was definitely going to sign with the Clippers instead of the Knicks”

    What are you batting on these predictions Kurt?

  6. bknowledge - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Melo/Chandler (33 mil combined) for Howard (18 mil) cannot happen because of salary considerations.

    • gcbball3 - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      Turkolugo will be apart of an Howard deal

  7. obamablowz - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Ummmm……actually he will only land in one place, not “a lot of places.”

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