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Why won’t Orlando trade Howard? He killed the market.

Mar 12, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston Reuters

Here’s a little different spin from the standard “the Magic aren’t going to trade Dwight Howard because they want to keep him” take:

The Magic couldn’t trade him if they wanted because Howard never gave up his power over the situation.

Here it is, from Ken Berger at

“The player holds all the cards,” said one person on the periphery of the Howard saga. “He’s killed (Orlando’s) market.” By making it clear that he’d only sign a long-term deal if traded to the Nets, Mavericks or Lakers, Howard has the leverage for now. The only way he loses is if the Magic send him to a team on a rental basis, thus cutting off Howard’s chance at getting a five-year deal as a free agent. Staying in Orlando is the only way Howard can get the fifth year under the new rules, and indications are that he’d like to hang onto that fallback option as long as possible. It’s up to the Magic whether they afford him that chance.

In the end, the Magic can move him if they want, but I still think they just don’t really want to. The fact Howard depressed the market just made that decision easier.

  1. narlo00 - Mar 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Man i’m so sick of D12.. i’m a laker fan and would love to have him but make up your fricken mind already.. so you want to be kobe bryant but not with kobe bryant? isn’t that what you have now in Orlando? and what’s wrong with playing with kobe? you don’t like rings or what? and he’s not going to be around much longer.. might be a good idea to learn from a true champion and win a ring or 2 before demanding the world. ya won a few defensive awards.. write a fricken book why dont ya.. stay and rot in Orlando for all i care..

  2. myktuggle - Mar 12, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Trade him Orlando. Or be left with nothing like when Shaq left. Better yet DON’T trade him so my Mavs can sign him next season.

  3. myktuggle - Mar 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    I think from here on out if a player says publicly they want a trade BEFORE he’s a free agent they should be fined. C’mon this is getting crazy. Shut up and play “Superman” that’s why they pay you millions. Show some class to the fans that love you right now.

  4. lmvs2012 - Mar 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Fuhk! howard! now letz play bball everyone!

  5. chargerdillon - Mar 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Or maybe it was the fact that as of late Andrew Bynum is putting up 20-30 points and looking every bit as good as Dwight at Center. Not to mention he’s younger and CHEAPER.

    The only real offer the Magic have on the table is Bynum and Gasol for Dwight. Both Bynum and Gasol are playing at a higher star level than Kobe.

    If ownership were serious about steering the Lakers back to a Championship, Kobe would be part of a trade package rather than either Pau or Andrew.

    The biggest problem with the Lakers is Kobe taking horrible shot after horrible shot. There’s nothing about Dwight Howard thats going to fix that problem.

    Dwight will be playing somewhere else next year, that much is a given.

    • kerby720 - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      I’m one of the few Lakers fans that wouldn’t mind seeing them trade Kobe. His salary is astronomical. Why not trade him for some good pieces while we still can? It’s better than having to rebuild from scratch in 3 years.

      It’s all a moot point anyway because of Kobe’s no trade clause.

    • goforthanddie - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      Kobe can likely be replaced on the court, but Buss will be dead-center of a sh!tstorm if he trades him. Plus, there are times he’s irreplaceable.

      • losangelasbasketball - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        goforthanddie said:

        Kobe can likely be replaced on the court…
        he’s irreplaceable..

        Sounds like you got it figured out…

    • akismet-9bfac212a93c64c2c1abe56138b8286a - Mar 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Trade Kobe? Are you delirious? The Lakers don’t need money. They need Championships and need them now. Just about any other move to get D12 or CP3 would make more sense now and for the future.

      Bottom line, the Lakers will get what they need for a winning team, but trading the guy who got you 5 rings is a slap in the face only Jim Buss would be foolish enough to dish out, plus, the league would be just as dumb to let a market like LA fall by the way side after Kobe retires.

      All in all, I’d rather have an awesome 1 spot than an awesome 5 spot any day. I say go for CP3 or D-Will.

    • dairamx2 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      Who ever says “trade Kobe” should be banned from posting

  6. jrgaf - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Just put yourself in his shoes for a minute. He will not be able to get the same raises if he signs with the nets. But he can make that difference up with the incentives and deals he will sign to be in brooklyn( rumor has 400 mil waiting in a sneaker deal in brookly. Now if thats the case why would he want the nets to trade all thier pieces? Ie: brooks,morrow, etc. his smart move is to sign there as a FA, take the percentage increase hit and go to brooklyn with a stacked roster.

    • frank433 - Mar 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      A stacked roster? You’re joking, right?

  7. darealrandolph - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    not a nets fan but he will end up in Brooklyn playing for the Nets with Deron Williams
    go knicks and new york

  8. jrgaf - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Not to mention a lottery pick in the top 5 and houstons 1st. Starting five:: deron,marshon,?, lopez(resigned as a 4) and howard. Get the 3 with the top 5 pick this year

  9. jvaughan82 - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    I’m tired of people jumping on Howard for this. Teams need to face the fact that when a player has only half a season left on their contract, even if they are a superstar, their trade value plummets.

    What sort of offer will the Magic get from a team that Howard hasn’t committed to sign with? Those trade offers won’t bring back much value to Orlando.

    However, by saying that he will sign an extension with some other team, and passing up the opportunity for free agency and committing to a long term deal even before playing with the new team, it provides a couple of teams to which the Magic could trade Howard and get more in return.

    Sorry, all the blame falls on the Magic for not putting a better team around Howard for the last few years.

  10. 1andonlykingp - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Wait a minute…

    If Howard has the Lakers on the list of teams he would sign with, then why did his agent call LA and tell them if they made a trade for Dwight, he wouldn’t sign an extension with them?

    Doesn’t make any sense

  11. lakerluver - Mar 12, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    The Magic are stupid if they don’t trade him. What are they waiting for?! I read they’re trying to get M. Ellis from Golden St. Even if that deal goes down the Magic would still only be the 3rd best team in the East.

  12. lakerluver - Mar 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Chargerdillion, the LAKERS will not trade Kobe. If they were going to trade him it would’ve happened several seasons ago. So what he shoots too much at times. Without him the LAKERS would not have won 5 titles since 2000. Even with all the mileage on his body give me Kobe over 90% of the players in the NBA right now.

  13. deadeyedesign23 - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    For the record Dwight has every right to use his leverage. He’s been in the league 7 years and this is the first and perhaps only time he’ll have any real leverage.

  14. velascochad - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    trade kobe? are you guys stupid? ever heard of a rare contract which includes “NO TRADE CLAUSE”?

    yeah, that is included on kobe’s contract. so even thinking about trading kobe is plain stupidity.

  15. losangelasbasketball - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    My guess is Howard will get dealt to a franchise that has very low attendance records and is desperate to gain a larger fanbase(kinda like what happened to the Cleveland franchise when Lebron was drafted). Teams like Indiana, Detroit, Houston, and the Hornets have terrible attendance averages…14k people a game. Sacramento’s attendance is down there too, also…they have a talented big to trade, and they could use a big name talent to kick start there new arena next year…even if that talent is just a rental.

  16. fouldwimmerlaik - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Long term deal with LA? I remember reading somewhere that if he does get traded to LA, it would only be good for this season as he intends to be an FA after this (Rent-a-Dwight). Hence, the Lakers management are not too keen on trading him. What now D12?

  17. fouldwimmerlaik - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    *not to keen on trading FOR him.

    Mea culpa.

  18. orlowk - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Would love to see the Celtics get Howard, but he doesn’t want to play for them. Sadly, his actions might make him a prerria for any team. He’s good, but not that good and as others enter the league, his age and talents get less respect. He’s no Kobe, LeBron, Chris Paul, or the like to his team. And, even with two great players, there’s no promise of a Championship. He needs a great “team”, just ask San Antonio, LA, or the Celtics.

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