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Report: Magic decide to trade Howard if he doesn’t commit

Mar 14, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

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Maybe Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos is realizing what everyone else has understood for a while — that no matter what he said, Dwight Howard was out of there this summer. And the Magic don’t want to come up empty handed when that happens.

Orlando wants Howard to, at the very least, opt in for next season (if not sign a multi-year extension), or the team has decided will trade him, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN.com.

Convinced that Howard, on the advice of his agent, is trying to manipulate the situation, the Magic are telling teams they will trade Howard before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline if he does not commit to them beyond this season, league sources said.

“Dwight’s dreaming if he thinks Orlando won’t trade him without a commitment,” a source said. “He needs to make some small commitment to them. They’re saying it can’t be one way….”

Upset and ready to move Howard unless he changes his stance, the Magic have essentially told other teams — most notably the Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers — to let the bidding begin.

It’s one thing to hear it from sources, but until I hear it reliably from DeVos and people around him I don’t totally believe it. He is the guy making the call, not sources, and he’s been hesitant. GM Otis Smith has never stopped looking at deals, but DeVos has been hesitant and ultimately it is his call.

Howard asked the Magic to “roll the dice” with him because he wants to finish the season with a Magic team that beat the Heat on Tuesday night. But if one were cynical — and we are — you could say that is Howard and his agent trying to make sure his eventual landing place still has plenty of roll players and assets that can help them compete. So, sort of the anti-Knicks. (The Knicks might be in the talks, but Broussard says the Magic want Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler in a deal, which is a steep price.)

Keeping Howard this season is a lot to bet on a roll of the dice. Sounds like DeVos may be leaning against gambling.

  1. narrabeen23 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    If the team had this kind of leverage over a situation youd better believe they would use it. But now that the player has the leverage the team is outraged.

    Howard has every right to not give them a commitment and wait until free agency, he has every right to request a trade, he even has every right to lie to them and tell them he’ll stay and then leave for free agency.

    Granted, people are going to hate him for it, but it’s just business. Bottom line, if Howard is willing to forgo the extra $30 mil, he is in a no-lose situation and it is killing the Magic.

    To the Magic, if you wouldn’t have been so stupid while he was there and actually got another stud to pair him with, you wouldn’t be in this situation now would you? Don’t blame Howard for wanting to leave, blame yourselves!

    • bparmalee - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      No one wants to go play in Orlando…. so they couldn’t get another player to play along side him. I mean D Will played and resigned with Utah… he won’t even go to Orlando. That’s why they took on Lewis..Carter and other over paid..past their prime players. I’m not sure if it was seeing Grant Hill almost die from an ankle injury or just simply the market size… other players have no interest. As for Howard people are pissed because he sells himself as this genuine..stand up guy and he just isn’t (Not a big shocker really). If he wants out.. that’s his right but fans hate being lied to. Now it looks like Howard and the Nets have worked it out where they will just wait for him to sign in the off season… also known as collusion. They won’t be able to prove it but the Nets won’t trade for him and he will sign with them as soon as he is able to. In the end it’s just a game and fans do get too worked up but Howard was dishonest with them. He could have just said “We will address it in the off season” over and over but he likes the attention.

      • narrabeen23 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        Ok, D12 is a child, big deal. The only thing that matters at the end of the day is if he stays or goes. He’s going cuz magic mgmt didn’t do their jobs the past 7 years. And don’t give me this “no one wants to come” line, if mgmt cant convince a stud to come play with have a talent like howard, they suck at their job. Period.

      • bparmalee - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        Howard has been there for 7 years and he has been great pretty much the whole time. In that entire 7 years has any player ever said “I want to go to Orlando and play with Howard”…. No. This is the NBA.. players go where they want to. I am not saying the Magic management are awesome…. they are not but it’s not their fault NBA players don’t want to go to Orlando. It’s not a line that no players or as you say “studs” want to come to Orlando… it’s a fact. It hasn’t happened and it isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Howard asked CP3… he laughed…. Howard asked D Will…. he said Hell no. Every small market team deals with this but don’t tell me Orlando is a destination team…. they are not.

  2. asublimeday - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Screw that narcissist Howard. Trade him for whatever you can get.

  3. dougmanoh - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Wow. Howard for Chandler and Melo? If I were the Knicks, I’d do that yesterday with all the fallout Melo has with D’Antoni. Dwight would do well in the pick and roll. And even if Turk comes along in the deal, he still would fill the spot left behind by Melo’s departure. Win win.

    • bparmalee - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      I agree and if Howard leaves the Knicks can always get someone to come there. The 6 teams that can attract free agents can take chances the other teams can’t.

  4. krose91 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Chandler and Melo for Howard and 1 or 2 other guys but not Turk would be a good deal for the Knicks. Melo just destroys the team basketball the Knicks are able to play. Get out of town or get hurt for the rest of the season, Melo.

  5. 20dollardinners - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    role players, not roll players. They play a role – not a roll.

  6. thetooloftools - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    If I’m New York I send Melo packing while they can get ANYTHING for him. I said when he signed that the train would come off the tracks and it took less time then I ever dreamed.

  7. gmsalpha - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    The rumor was that Dwight could pick his new coach. With D’Antoni resigning, perhaps part of the Knicks pitch will be just that. Pick your coach.

    As for the trade, Orlando has to get rid of Hedo’s contract or they will never get right. Melo, Chandler, and Jeffries for Howard, Turkoglu, and Reddick.

  8. ihatecomingupwiththesenames - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Do that deal yesterday. I love Tyson. He has been our MVP this season, but D12 is much better. Younger, healthier, etc.

    Lose Melo and get Dwight. To quote Jim Maura “YOU KIDDIN’ ME?”

    Yes Jim… playoffs.

  9. tomshoe - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    You can’t trust Dwight’s word. Trade him before it’s too late.

  10. orlowk - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    It’s very rare that a player sees the “big picture” of a game. Look at the teams Howard doesn’t want to go to, Boston, LA, San Antonio, etc. Why? They have a group that know how to win and run the show. The Coachs, not players, that run the team (even when Kobe was complaining, he wasn’t getting far) and good luck complaining to management in those places. You’re likely to be traded right off for that kind of move on those teams. And, they win doing it. Howard, CA of the Knicks, and players of that ilk will never win a championship. They will rip through teams and complain all the way because they don’t want to listen to anyone. I say send them packng and let them sell themselves for what they can. They’ll be done and out soon enough. But, they won’t exit champions of anything but their own egos. I give Howard one more team and CA his end at the Knicks before they wear out their welcome anywhere else. I hope they have Randy Moss’s phone number for some advice….

  11. auxoped - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    How many games have the Magic lost by fewer points than the # of free throws D12 has missed? How many turnovers have his concrete hands committed under the basket? He has trade value and the team would be stupid not to trade for him.

  12. jagwar73 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Trade the diva!

  13. mikey1977 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    I will grant that the Magic have made some bad moves in past years….but Diva Howard does not have the right to hold the franchise hostage….have fun carrying Derron Williams luggage and sniffing his jock Dwight…..

  14. jams56 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    “Nobody wants to go to Orlando” I find it funny how everyone forgets how one year they signed T-Mac and Grant Hill when they were both in there prime.

  15. 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Don’t do it LA, beware of the pretty packaging! All that glitters isn’t gold. That said, NY should do that trade in a New York minute!!!

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