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Dwight Howard update: Magic want to talk to Lakers, Howard wants Nets

Mar 13, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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There are two sides to where things stand with Dwight Howard less than 48 hours before the NBA trade deadline.

One is what the Magic are doing and thinking. The other is what Howard wants.

What the Magic are doing is having GM Otis Smith keep fielding offers and look for deals while ownership decides if it really wants to trade Howard. Right now every credible report out of Orlando says the same thing — owner Rich DeVos does not intend to trade Howard. But if he does (or if Smith can convince him) the options will be there.

To find a good deal Smith is trying to re-engage the Los Angeles Lakers in talks, reports Sean Deveney with The Sporting News.

One thing the Magic are holding out for, a source told Sporting News, is the resurrection of talks with the Los Angeles Lakers. As the process has played out, it has become clear that the Magic are not going to get a better player in return for Howard than All-Star Lakers center Andrew Bynum. Back in December, the Lakers had strong interest in Howard, but team VP Jim Buss said there was no way he would trade both Pau Gasol and Bynum to the Magic for Howard. Given Bynum’s injury history, a deal in which Bynum was the main target was a longshot.

Would the Lakers still do a deal centered around Bynum for Howard? They’d be fools not to. Well, providing they don’t have to take on Hedo Turkoglu’s deal or some other anchor. But if Orlando calls the Lakers should be talking to them.

Howard for his part still doesn’t want to land in Los Angeles — he doesn’t want to be seen as following Shaquille O’Neal’s pattern — he still wants to land in Brooklyn. Ideally by free agency. So reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo.

For everything Dwight Howard has told the Orlando Magic management about bringing him a stronger supporting cast, about the possibility that he could still sign an extension, it has turned into a complete ruse – a misdirection play on his eventual signing with the Brooklyn-bound New Jersey Nets, league sources told Yahoo! Sports….

“Dwight’s gone, and [Magic CEO] Alex Martins is the only person who doesn’t believe that,” a league source with knowledge of Howard’s intentions told Yahoo! Sports….

Said another official, who has been involved in deal talks with Orlando, New Jersey and the agents in the process: “Dwight is going to [expletive] them, and that will be especially true if he doesn’t even ask for the sign-and-trade on July 1, because he wants Brooklyn to keep assets.”

That last part is the real key — Howard saw what happened with the Knicks when owner James Dolan jumped in to really up the offer for Carmelo Anthony and gave up all the quality role players on that team. How do the Knicks look now?

With Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and some picks to go with Howard and Deron Williams the Nets are much closer to competing with the Bulls and Heat at the top of the East. This is less about the extra money for Howard now and more about the legacy — he needs rings. Whether they come in Brooklyn or Orlando or Los Angeles doesn’t really matter as being able to retire saying he won a title. Moving on as a free agent gets him closer to his goal than any other option.

  1. andyreidisfat - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    So it’s no longer about working hard and being loyal to win a title, it’s about ganging up and engineering one. That’s great. The nba is going to be on the fishing network if their not careful

    • bushido49ers - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      Well said!

    • zeedoubleyou - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      Being loyal? Dwight would love to stay in Orlando if Otis Smith didn’t assemble a roster full of average or over-the-hill players with terrible contracts.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      Dwight is working hard…make no mistake that the Magic being near the top of the East is 100% on him. Being loyal is another issue, but these are grown men…there is no loyalty. If Dwight stays, and works his ass off in Orlando, but never wins a title because they didn’t put the pieces around him they’ll say he was good, but could never get it done. He’d be Patrick Ewing.

      And when the day came where he wasn’t a superstar any more the Magic would have no problem sending his ass to wherever they wanted…just like Patrick. Which is their right, but teams are only loyal to players to the extent their talent helps them and players should only be loyal to teams to the extent that the team is willing to put the player in a position to win. The Magic have failed at that and now Dwight has the opportunity to give another organization an opportunity to do that.

    • trueballs - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      But your wrong…and I’m angry too. Everyone said the same thing after the Heat’s big signings. Ratings are off the charts right now. Fact. Do I think it’s hurting the balance across the league? Absolutely…and it could lead to contraction not too far down the road.

  2. raidmagic - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Trade him to the Nets and gut them in the process so they can suck when he gets there. Screw number 12

  3. chitownmatt - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Our GM is better than your GM!!!

    Who’s your favorite t-shirt?

    Do you root for the red jersey or the blue one???

    I wish the NBA would just get rid of the trade deadline altogether and ban all trades during the season…

    It just detracts from the focus on the game so much. I mean seriously, who cares which team is winning or playing well right now when one of the top 5 guys in the league could end up on any different team tomorrow morning and completely change everything???

  4. bushido49ers - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    NO. They would be fools to consummate a deal with Orlando. He’s not going to sign an extension which is his choice. As a LAKERS fan I want players who want to be here. Howard has shown me otherwise by his actions. KB24 can’t play forever, sadly.

    • tellemjaii - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      we not going to babysit howard id love him in la but if he dont want to come then do what u do… kb24 and bynum

  5. lakerluver - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    To heck with Howard if he doesn’t wanna play for the preeminent franchise in the NBA!! Go to a loser franchise like the Nets and be content with never winning anything. Because I don’t see how they’re gonna put decent players around him and D. Will if they both get max deals. The LAKERS will NOT give up Pau AND Bynum for him and I can’t blame them. If Bynum stays healthy, in another season he might be better than Howard anyway. I don’t see Howard getting too much better than he is right now. Bynum’s two years younger and rapidly improving.

    • darealrandolph - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      in new jersey their a loosing franchise but in NYC/BROOKLYN they are going to be instead contenders just watch this is coming from a New York Knicks fan
      d12 top center in the NBA,top 10 pg in D-will,shooter in Marrow plus cap space ,market is in New York :it will attract free agents to come to Brooklyn

    • manwithpizza - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      If he goes to the Nets in FA, they already have quality role players in Brooks, Lopez, and Humphries, plus a high pick in this quality draft. That team is instantly the 3rd best team in the East, with some time to improve.

  6. SOSB - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    So we’ve heard for weeks that Dwight doesn’t want to come to LA because he doesnt want to follow shaq or be Kobe’s subordinate, but does he not realize that Kobe has 2 1/2 years left on his deal and is likely gone at that point?

    Just doesn’t make any sense.

  7. kerby720 - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Oh man please Mitch don’t do it! I don’t want D12 on the Lakers. Though he is a superior defender. The Lakers problem isn’t on defense. They already have a top ranked defense.

    More and more I’m thinking that Howard really isn’t a “franchise player”. Sure he’s an unbelievable defender, but he isn’t a leader in my opinion. The way he’s handled situation has changed the way I feel about him as a player.

    The Lakers should just trade a draft pick for a serviceable PG (Sessions, Augustine, Bynum, Felton, etc.) and use a another draft pick to get Beasley. With those two minor moves, I think they can improve their title chances this year, and start to reload for the future.

  8. darealrandolph - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    JAY Z is Taking over Brooklyn Nets (d12 will be traded to the nets)

  9. 1historian - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Open letter to Dwight Howard – and all others like him;

    Does the name ‘Lou Brock’ ring a bell?

  10. darealrandolph - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:33 PM
    that Stephen A Smith saying d12,d-will and jay z taking over New York
    he is first person that broke the story lebron,bosh,and wade will team up in Miami

  11. ddrew80 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    U laker fans stop hatin on the Bk Nets. This is what D12 wants him n D-Will instant contenders idk who u put around him. Bynum is solid but he don’t change the dynamic of the game like Howard does.

  12. cinnalocks - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Bynum shoots free throws very well, Dwight does not!. So it is the 4th quarter and they start fouling Dwight, he misses his free throws and it is a playoff game……what good is he? Shaq all over again?

  13. darealrandolph - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Broookkkkkkkllllllyyyyyynnnnnnnnn nets

  14. mrlitl - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Dwight concerned about legacy?? What legacy do you leave by having to team up with top notch players just to win? Legends don’t do that. Losers do.

  15. reupjosh - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    “Doesn’t want to follow Shaq??” Did he not get the memo that Shaq originally glossed himself as ‘supermen?’

    PS. Playa needs to ease back on those arm tights.

  16. reupjosh - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    *superMAN, my autocorrect apologizes.

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