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Report: Houston can trade for Dwight Howard but he’s not staying

Jun 26, 2012, 1:46 AM EDT

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And we’re back to this stupid cycle again…

Dwight Howard and his camp are trying to exert control over where he gets traded. It was reported  the Houston Rockets were trying to take some big steps to land Howard — trading their two first round picks (No. 14 and No. 16) and some players to land the No. 5 pick (Kings) and No. 8 pick (Raptors). Then the Rockets would flip those picks and a player like Kevin Martin to Orlando for Dwight Howard.

Howard by all accounts does not want to be a Rocket. Houston seems willing to take the risk that if they can trade for him they can convince him to stay, but Howard wants no part of this, according to David Aldridge of

…a source with knowledge of Howard’s thinking said Monday that there was “not a chance” Howard would be persuaded to remain in Houston if traded there, and would leave next summer to sign elsewhere.

It may be true, but to me this sounds like Howard’s people trying to scare off anyone that isn’t Brooklyn or other possible landing spots he wants.

The Rockets deal was never going to come together. First, new Magic GM Rob Hennigan just got on the job and he wants to sit down with Howard and take one more swing at convicing him to stay in Orlando.

When that fails — and it will fail — they will shop him around and take the best deal for them. If a team like Houston or Golden State is willing to take the risk on a rental of Howard and give the Magic the best offer, Hennigan will take it. At this point, the Magic aren’t going to worry about accomodaing Howard’s wishes.

So expect a lot of Howard rumors and a lot of his people saying off the record “he won’t re-sign there.” It’s going to be a fun cycle.

  1. larrybrown43 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    I just don’t get what the allure is with this guy. He posts good regular season stats because there isn’t great effort put into defense. However, when the post season hits he struggles when he can’t get to the rim. Especially late in a game when teams will gladly take the hard foul, wear him down, and put him on the line where he struggles even more.

    Of course there is the prima donna attitude that permeates the locker room and has teammates growing wary of his act.

  2. thekingdave - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    Doesn’t want to be a Laker, Bull, or Rocket, three teams with titles in the last twenty years, but just wants to win. So he wants to be a Net. Ok Dwight.

    • camnellum12 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      And the Rockets have great history of centers. Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone, Ralph Sampson (when he was healthy), Hakeem Olajuwon (greatest Rocket ever), and Yao Ming (when he was healthy). And plus, Hakeem resides here in Houston, so Dwight can always learn some actual post moves to last him an entire season. I also heard that Houston would have enough money to lure Deron Williams as well.

  3. cantonbound13 - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    Why Brooklyn of all places?

  4. jonirocit - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Cuz he is an idiot . Get rid of this dude quick . He is on the way down . He will be injury prone and not worth is soon.

  5. emaimo80 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    Why would any team be willing to trade for him? He has to be the most obnoxious player in the NBA at this point. Look at what he did to Orlando. Whatever team he goes to he is going to destroy in one way or another.

    • ras1tafari - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      Agreed, I would abandon my team if they signed this mook.

      Has any athelete purposefully damaged his brand more than Howard over the last year?

  6. diabloryno - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    I just do not understand why this dude didn’t just go out there play ball, shut his mouth, and opt-out of his contract at the end of the season and then decide between 32 teams where you want to go. Why sign the clause to not opt-out after the season and then just sit here and dictate where you want to be traded too? Shesh.

  7. ccshocktalk - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    This Douche Howard saga is getting more annoying by the day. In all honesty, I’d rather him sit down and have the decision 2.0 verses just saying i want to go here, here, and here. And then when a team shows interest in his limited skills he acts like a little girl. ” waaaaahhh, I don’t want to go there :'(“.

    I would rather have Tyson Chandler on my team, get the same kind of defense, way better offense at half the cost.

    I wish someone would just do the NBA a favor and trade his rights to a team over in China or Europe and let them deal with this cry baby.

    • soflasfinest - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      I agree that d Howard is being a little biatch about all of his but sayin chandler has “way better offense” is absurd. I can’t remember the last time dude had over 15 poins in a game. Dwight pus up 40 and 20 almost once a week

      • ccshocktalk - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        When is the last time a team tried to run its offense through Chandler? Never, and he still picks up his points.
        I’d rather have Bynum, Amare, heck either of the Gasols would be better.

        Dwight Howard has some of the worst offense I’ve seen in a long time.

  8. simplekatt - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    So expect a lot of Howard rumors and a lot of his people saying off the record “he won’t re-sign there.” It’s going to be a fun cycle.

    Hell this is rumor!

  9. rocketsbb - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    I’d rather not sign this diva, go for someone else rockets. Although a center is the area we lack….

  10. 700levelvet - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    He’s the Kim Kardashian of the NBA………Everybody look at me…….

  11. wjmoffatt - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    If Houston makes this move, good for them. Could see it from another angle that they are clearing cap space to redo the entire roster.

  12. redblue560 - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    It would be fun to see Howard’s reaction if Orlando Magic send’s him to Charlotte Hornets.

    I am surprised, he is not yet on ” I wan’t to join the Miami Heat bandwagon “

  13. florida727 - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    “So expect a lot of Howard rumors and a lot of his people saying off the record “he won’t re-sign there.” It’s going to be a fun cycle.”

    Actually, Kurt, it won’t be a cycle at all. Nobody will “rent” him for a year, or if they do, it’ll be for next-to-nothing. Who in there right mind would give Orlando anything of value for the guy knowing full well he’s gone as soon as next season is over. My belief is, he stays in Orlando all of next year, then bolts. I hope he gets booed so longly and loudly that it opens his eyes to what the FANS really think of him. It won’t though. It never registers with egomaniacs.

  14. ch8878 - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    This whole “a source” gets you no were look what it did for Warren Sapp got him in allot of trouble I just don’t believe this whole “a source” that is just a bunch of BS.

    The funny thing about the Houston Rocket trade is that Howard is training with Hakeem Olajuwon this offseason but Howard hasn’t said 1 word might be the New York media blowing smoke up people’s asses.

  15. miamatt - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    I am going to kiss and hug a poisonous snake until this goes away.

  16. ecruz0884 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Bring to Miami. Howard at center, bosh and lbj forwards, wade and chalmers at guard. Bam lol!

    • 1historian - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      Actually that’s not a bad idea – wanna come here? You ain’t gonna get the big bux now but maybe in a while. And your diva act ain’t gonna make it here either. In other words stop being an asshole, grow up and we’ll think about it. LBJ grew up last season.

    • scalfor3 - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM

      good thing this is feasible

  17. mellos72 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Miami would get their second ring next season if they pick him up.

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