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Report: Magic start shopping Dwight Howard; talk to Lakers

Jul 1, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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Finally, Dwight Howard met with the new Orlando general manager, and his pitch to keep Howard in Orlando went about as well as that email you got from a Nigerian prince. Howard wants out. He wants to go to Brooklyn.

The Magic are shopping him now, and they have had contact with the Lakers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and the NBC Sports Network.

Orlando officials are willing to discuss trades for Howard, and the Lakers have been one of the teams in touch with them over the weekend, sources said. The Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets have also talked to Magic officials, sources said.

While the Lakers have yet to make a direct offer, there’s no scenario where Orlando would move Howard to the Lakers without getting back Andrew Bynum, L.A.’s 24-year-old All-Star center. Pau Gasol wouldn’t fit the Magic’s desires to rebuild with young players and draft picks.

The Lakers were willing to move Bynum for Howard last season. Are they still? Howard might be about the only guy the Lakers would move Bynum for, primarily they have been shopping Pau Gasol around.

The other question is this — would Howard agree to an extension (or to re-sign) with the Lakers? After speaking to Kobe Bryant last year that seemed in question, Howard reportedly got the impression he would be option No. 3 and was turned off to the idea of the Lakers. Would that change? Howard has said he wants out, but Brooklyn is making aggressive moves because they cannot wait around for him.

Orlando would not care, they would make the deal. But the Lakers would likely not make the move without an assurance from Howard. If Howard says no to the Lakers, he runs the risk of Orlando shipping him somewhere less desirable. Houston and Brooklyn have reached out, you can expect some other teams (Golden State?) to jump in as well.

  1. oms0004 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Does Dallas have enough ammo to even enter the conversation? Especially as D-Will bait?

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      I’m a Mavs fan and want no part of this headcase. I’ll take a bunch of other centers over him.

  2. rodster213 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Make the deal Buss.howard would be perfect for this team. Bynum is a bigger headache, will check out the entire game if angry, don’t care, u can’t trust him. He’s a.bomb ticking as I type.

  3. jengibre23 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Howard in LA = unstoppable, Howard in Brooklyn = a playoff spot. Wonder where he’ll go

  4. mistercharitystripe34 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    “I’d rather have Bynum, Chandler, Amare, long before I signed Dwight.”

    Bynum is questionable, but if you’d rather have Chandler or Stoudemire over Dwight Howard, you have some issues. Dwight Howard is the most dominant C in the game, and can only get better in a new setting with some extra motivation.

    • bravecapeproductions - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Howard mite have worked well with Phil but not with Brown. Howard is a headcase. We dont need another one. BESIDES…. he doesn’t want to come here. Remember L.O. in Dallas? Personally I cant stand DH. But if he came here he better drop the crap he gave orlando. We dont need it.

  5. bigzant82 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    NETS GET THIS DEAL DONE
    KNICK TRADE STAT FOR HOWARD AND YOUR BE IN THE TITLE CONTENTION

  6. jgreiner9 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    If d-rose wanted good/great players on his team, then he wouldnt have turned down a meeting with Lebron when he wanted to meet and see about going to Chicago before he went to Miami.

  7. badintent - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Trade Howard to the P.T. Barum Circus, he ‘s a clown and nothing but .He plays only when he wants to and is lucky that the NBA is so weak in big men. Jabbar could still school his butt in the post with his sky hook and face up jumper. Plus Jabbar was a career 73 % FT shooter, Howard at 55 % is a joke, like a clown joke. someone hire Rick Barry to teach him how to shoot underhand..

  8. lmvs2012 - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    Dwight said if i dont get traded to the team i want to be & thats the nets obviously…i wanna explore my free agency in 2013….and i know where his going!…OVERSEAS!..wahaha…cause he cant face the sports of NBA anymore after all this DRAMA he think his so special he think his all that!..get outta here drama queen go overseas and play for china or korea whatever…lolz

  9. omniusprime - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    No way the Lakers want to trade Bynum for that natural born loser Howard. Let not so bright Dwight go to some backwater place and play for some small market team, that would serve him right for being such a prima donna. Let’s hope that the Lakers make some good trades this off season and get a really great point guard, not some second string leftover.

  10. dutchman45 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Howard is still in diapers. He has talent but has a brain like a dinosaur! One day he may grow out of pampers and make an educated, rational decision.

  11. klownboy - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    LA might make some sense if Orlando could get Bynum and Gasol. It would have been better to trade Howard last season, but for some reason held onto him too long.

    http://wp.me/p1gCK6-pN

  12. ccshocktalk - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    By the way, to whoever said Orlando with Bynum in 2008-2009 season when they lost here in Orlando in the NBA finals, that team would have been pretty successful with another big man similar to Dwight that plays in LA right now….

    Jameer Nelson – 16 points 5 assists and 3 rebounds averaged per game
    Hedo 16 points 5 assists and 5 rebounds averaged per game
    Rashard Lewis 17.7 points, 5 rebounds 2.6 assists averaged per game
    Skip to My Lou 12 points 3 rebounds 5 assists averaged per game

    Then you have Courtney Lee’s rookie year just about 9 points 2 boards and assist per game, and Michael Peitrus was the same…

    Dwight Howard stellar 20 points per game, 13 boards 1 assist and 3 turnovers per game. nobody else was close on the boards, and nobody is denying he can get lots of boards…but to say that he carried Orlando is quite an overstatement.

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/ORL/2009.html

    don’t forget Jameer Nelson was out almost half the year and came back in time for the Finals and SVG went with him over Skip to My Lou…Dwight is solid, puts up great boards and can score off his boards, but the guy is a nut job and did not carry Orlando the way that people perceived him to.

  13. jimsjam33 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Do it Lakers or you’ll be picking in the lottery next year ! Howard will re-sign he likes the notority , glamour , excitement of Hollywood . He’ll also have a chance to get a ring . Bynum , no way , he should have been nick named ” Big Baby ” !

  14. orlowk - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Let me understand something? Howard tells his team he’ll wait on his decision and then bails out of the rest of this year. Then, he decides and it’s to move on anyway? Wow, good luck with that. I might think LeBron made some mistakes, but he fought hard to make the playoffs no matter what team he had. Kobe is a winer, but he pushes hard and fights to win no matter what team you have. Howard? He cries about whatever team you give him, bails out of the end of the year, and, then, want’s someone to pay him top dollar to play for them? Hell, no. Who ever gets Howard is getting a bag of wind. They called LeBron out for choking at times, so what would you call what Howard did/does. I’m so looking forward to a decent time getting him and watching it all goes sideways. Howard is not LeBron, or Kobe, or even D.Rose, or any other top player on a week team. He’s just a good big man and even then he has only a few moves. Get a grip, this guys going to be nothing but trouble.

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