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Well, now what Dwight Howard? Report says maybe Mavs.

Jul 3, 2012, 2:34 AM EDT

Dwight Howard AP

I’ll say this for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony — it wasn’t pretty and drew the wrath of many upon them, but they ended up where they wanted to go.

Dwight Howard is struggling with that. His plan to end up on the Brooklyn Nets — already a public relations disaster as he disavows saying the Magic blackmailed him. Then came a big blow on Monday when the Nets traded to get Joe Johnson. Howard’s grand plan was blown up.

The Nets are not out of the running. In fact, some Nets fans on twitter were more than happy to tell me that nothing really changed. Well, that’s the problem. The Magic have rejected the Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks and some first round picks offer for a year now, why is that going to suddenly change? And with the contract of Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace on the books, the Nets can’t afford him as a free agent.

So what is he going to do? Add the Mavs to the list, reports Ric Bucher of ESPN.

Source: With Nets out of equation, Mavs go to top of Dwight Howard’s wish list. No other teams – Lakers included – on it. For now…. That didn’t take long: now being told not to count out DH still making his way to the Nets. So list now is: 1.(Nets) Mavs.

First, take this all with a grain of salt. Actually, an entire shaker.

He may want the Nets but that is not happening anytime soon. Orlando is in no rush to make a deal, they are not the ones who look bad right now. Why would the Magic suddenly accept an offer they have rejected for this long?

Dallas makes some sense on the court, if they get Howard in a trade they can land Deron Williams as a free agent and boom — they are contenders in the West with Dirk Nowitzki still a real threat.

Except for the little factor of what are the Mavs going to trade for Howard that the Magic actually want?

The problem for the Magic is the pool of candidates seeking Howard is shrinking. The Golden State Warriors are out. The Nets limited their options. The only new team potentially jumping into the fray could be the Atlanta Hawks (they have said nothing but their moves the last 48 hours make it possible), and Howard has long shot down the idea of returning to the town where he grew up. Howard is still dead-set against the Lakers.

All of which is to say, this is nowhere near over and the outcome is far from clear. So buckle your seat belts, we are in for a bumpy ride.

  1. diablito0402 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    What a clown of a guy, nets got tired of waiting around for dwill and d12.. So they made their moves in another direction ,, cant blame them.

    • hoodheisman - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:12 AM

      99% of this article makes little sense.

      Do the Magic really have any offer besides the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum that isn’t completely laughable…. So the number of laughable trade options are shrinking and this is somehow a problem for the Magic? I think the Magic would be much more concerned if the Lakers were to pull out…. Then they could possibly run the risk of not even getting an all-star in return for Howard.

      Also, the Mavs are really going to have a tough time getting Howard in a trade with absolutely no tradeable assets. Let’s say they land Deron Williams this summer (which is very possible)…. Are they really going to go after Howard next summer with a pair of max contracts already committed? I dunno….

      But my favorite…. now Howard is “dead set against the Lakers”…. with no source or logic to explain…. fits right in with the rest of this article.

  2. rushbacker - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Nothing has changed, indeed. . . in the end, the Magic are still going to get pretty much hosed. Either they take whichever shoddy package New Jersey (I mean, Brooklyn) or Dallas comes up with, or they sell him for pennies on the dollar as a one-year rental somewhere. Either way, they aren’t going to get anything resembling a premium player OR a lottery pick back, unless a third team is involved. And I don’t think the Mavs or Nyets have anything to entice a third team to give up either of those type of assets.

    This is where the superstar players really hold an organization’s feet to the fire. Leaving in free agency is perfectly within their rights, and I don’t see why anyone should frown on it, as long as it isn’t done in an insulting fashion with a nationally-televised “screw you” thrown in. And I think privately warning a franchise a year in advance that you intend to do so is a professional courtesy. The public threats truly undermine an organization, though. The owners are idiots for not negotiating some type of franchise tag to counter the true superstar’s ability to cripple a franchise with a team-specific trade demand. There’s a reason the NFL is the more popular league, and parity is a huge part of it. It would be one thing if they could at least get some decent value in trade picks, but these guys are also going to demand to go somewhere that will be a more or less playoff lock with their addition. And non-lottery picks in the NBA rarely turn into the types of players you can rebuild a franchise around. The Magic are gonna have to pull off a move reminiscent of their name to get out of this one in decent shape. Good luck.

    More likely, Dwight will still end up with a soft landing somewhere, and Orlando will get stuck with just enough talent in return to still be good enough to get that top lottery pick needed to get back to relevance. Maybe they should just ask for a bunch of expiring contracts, and tank as blatantly as possible. You may as well in the NBA, if you don’t have a top-five young talent under contract.

  3. themets98 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    why cant the nets s&t humphries, lopez, and wallace and if they want brooks then give them two first rounders and take dwight howard and either j richardson or hedo so we can all be happy we just want d12 on the nets

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      Wallace is about to re-signed as a free agent, he cannot be moved until Dec. 15

  4. storebrandcookies - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Dallas has no chance to trade for Howard this season. The only piece that is trade worthy is Roddy Beaubois who two years ago looked like a great two-guard prospect.

  5. bhester1906 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    Glad to see Karma kicking this guy in the nuts. He managed to ruin his trade value & image at the same time. Outside of something outlandish, I cannot imagine how much worse this situation could have been handled….

    • cidminion - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:26 AM

      Sadly the only thing that comes out of all of this is that the Magic are going to be screwed out of getting something in return. Though i think this whole drama is partly the Magic’s fault by making Dwight bigger than the team, the only trade that makes sense now is one that gets him to the Nets. It sounds crazy but a trade for Lopez, Humphries, Brooks, and a pick could do it but the Magic are reluctant to trade Dwight to where he wants.

      Look i get it Orlando but seriously forget about pride and get something back for this guy. This guy has been a cancer for the last year and it doesn’t seem like its going to get any better.

      • ccshocktalk - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:08 AM

        I wouldn’t trade Dwight to anything in the eastern conference that’s for sure. I’d make it so the only way they face him is if they play a western conference team throughout the year and then again in the finals if he makes it there.

        Either way Orlando could squat on his rights and not let him go anywhere (like the Lions did to Barry Sanders). This really is up to Orlando. They may not get pieces in return, but they can ultimately send him to a team that sucks, and let him have a miserable year, and then he can piss and moan there and ruin his image some more.

        In all reality I think that he has done more damage to his image than Carmelo and LeBron combined.

  6. scobbalobba - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    I would tell Superwoman that he is being traded to the Western Nigerian Space Cadets because the way he has conducted himself since the middle of this season just gone is nothing short of space cadet stuff.Superwoman needs to get his head out of his Kyber Pass,give himself an uppercut and wake up and smell the roses and rebuild his image and if my main man KING JAMES can do it after “The Decision” and now come away with a lot more respect then maybe Superwoman can do the same minus a title cause there aint no-one beating my Miami Heat guys to a title anytime soon

  7. londonaiooo - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    The Magic should make an example out of him by sitting him while they put together a trade (a la what the Pacers did to Artest and Tinsley post brawl). Everyone knows what he can do so you’re not ruining his trade value, plus you keep him away from your team. Either they become the same plucky backs to the wall team under Doc that wins way more games than it should (thus shoving it in Dwight’s face), or they suck and get a high draft pick (which they can add to the players and draft picks they eventually trade for). Win win.

  8. kvanhorn87 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    Still no reporting on what other sites have mentioned. 76ers, hawks, rockets and lakers are only trade partners left. I still don’t see what the others can offer more than the lakers or Sixers. If he gets traded, it is to either one of them but I don’t see him getting traded at this point.

  9. rickyspanish - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:21 AM

    I have never seen such a unanimous response from writers and commenters. We are finally functioning as a unit people, we all can’t stand Dwight Howard! Boo this man, booooo!

  10. lalfan2323 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Don’t want you in la

  11. fanz928 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    The nets are stupid and they blew their chance at championships although Howard is immature but that’s off the court and on the court he’s a beast and a leader pair him up with any star guard and you have a good chance at championship but the nets traded for Johnson …. Joe Johnson ???

    • pudgalvin - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:00 AM

      Kind of agree with you here. The Nets had a ton of leverage on the Magic. Orlando could have hemmed and hawed for a while, but eventually they would have had to make a move with Howard and the Nets would offer the best package, simply because they would be the only team Howard would accept an extension with. Granted, I understand that DWill was their first priority and I understand why they made a move to make their roster more appealing to him.

      I think what really makes Howard look bad in this situation is that there’s any number of good teams that would be willing to make a move for him, but he’s made it abundantly clear that winning is not the most important factor for him. At least the yahoo’s involved in the Heat debacle had their interest’s centered around winning; can’t say the same about Dwight.

      • gmsalpha - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:37 AM

        Dwight is going to regret this decision later in his career when he’s on the downswing and is chasing a championship. He’ll look back and see that he sold out, taking the bright lights and big endorsement portfolio over a legitimate chance to win a ring, or multiple rings.

        Steve Nash may never win a ring, but that’s because he’s loyal. Dwight may never win a ring, but that’s because he’s selfish. Very sad.

        By the way, plurals don’t need an apostrophe except in rare cases. One yahoo. Two yahoos. More than one interest would be interests.

        If I were Howard, I would be packing my bags for Chicago, who have pieces that Orlando can use, and they would become the favorites to win it all, in my opinion. Unfortunately that won’t happen because Thibs is going to remind Dwight a lot of Stan Van Gundy. Plus it’s cold (as if Brooklyn isn’t?). And some ridiculousness about adidas’ two big stars being on the same team? Pfffft! Please.

        If he really wanted a chance to win…..

        But he doesn’t. Can’t fix stupid, I guess.

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:51 AM

        How is he giving up a chance to win by going to the nets? They could potentially win the east next year if they get D will and howard, and they would actually be my pick to beat the heat. Also, Brooklyn will attract a lot of free agents in the future, and veterans who just want to win will want to go there. If I’m a nets fan I am very excited about everything right now.

      • borderline1988 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        Howard is not going to Chicago.
        They would have to give up key pieces of their team (probably Deng and Noah). Why would Chicago do that, after finishing at the top of the conference 2 years running?

        The Lakers aren’t going to get him either. The only player Orlando would take back from the Lakers is Bynum, and there’s no way the Lakers make that trade unless they have a guaranteed extension from Howard. Howard could have gone there a long time ago; but he doesn’t want to be on the Lakers. He’ll be the 3rd option, and for sure will clash with Kobe. He complained about not getting enough shots in Orlando; how is that going to work in LA?

        I think the dark horse here are the Rockets. They have more tradeable assets than anyone in the league, and they are desperate to land a star. I have a feeling that they would offer a decent package even if Howard doesn’t agree to sign an extension.

        I don’t understand how the Nets could land Howard at this point. If they do that, their luxury tax bill will be enormous in a few years.

  12. kvanhorn87 - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    Broussard is reporting that the trade talks with Orlando and Brooklyn are back on. Nets have added 3 first round picks to their offer. They are essentially early 2nds bc with Wallace dhoward dwill and Johnson, the nets are beastly

    • simonwelds - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      I’m guessing Last name Sources first name Multiple told Broussard this info ?

  13. simonwelds - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Till this day I have no idea why D12 chose to opt in for another year, he dug his own grave ……. At least lebron left as a free agent, D12 is going to loose millions in sponsorship cash with this media nightmare

  14. geraldthecat - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    If he goes to Dallas, do I have to hate them as much as the heat?

  15. drunkenjunk - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    I don’t want him anyre near the Mavs. He can go to Houston or where ever else, he is not worth the headache.

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM


  16. aboogy123456 - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Can you please stop referring to how carmelo handled his trade as a negative thing, and comparing him to lebron or even howard?

    He decided with his family that the knicks are where he wanted to go. He was up front and honest about the way he felt, and never flip flopped. The nuggets were able to trade him for a lot and now they are in a great position as a team. If we keep referring to how Carmelo handled his upcoming free agency as bad, then players will just think the media will trash them whenever they want to change teams.

    We give so much credit for guys like durant for resigning with their team, but Carmelo should be given more credit as well and should serve as an example for star players that know they want to leave.

    • lawful1 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      he forced a trade in the middle of a season and played horribly, whine and complained to anyone that would listen until the Nuggets were forced to trade him and that is better than LBJ. Please.

      • scalfor3 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        at least he didn’t string em along and break their hearts like bron. he was clear, honest and consistent the entire time. don’t get me wrong, i think its ridiculous that the players can essential dictate where they get moved, but denver is in a much better state now than if they had held on to false hope of keeping him and wound up losing him for nothing.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:45 AM


      Agreed – what Carmelo did worked out in the best way possible for the Nuggets. There’s that saying that you can never get a fair return for a superstar. I’d say that the Nuggets-Knicks trade is an exception to that rule.

      Although to a point. Carmelo is very self-centred and really killed a good Nuggets team that could have made a run in the playoffs. No one’s arguing that he did the Nuggets a favor.

      It’s actually funny that Carmelo asked for the trade. The Nuggets basically skinned the Knicks of all their useful pieces – he should have waited for the year to run out, and then signed with the Knicks.

      What Lebron did was most fair – he basically said that he would play out until he is a free agent, and then consider his options. That is how this whole thing is supposed to work. You sign a contract and then honour it, and then make a decision once the contract is up. I’m a Raptors fan, and although Bosh acted like an ass on his way out (he never thanked or acknowledged his Toronto fans once), I blame the whole Bosh thing on Colangelo. Bosh didn’t do anything wrong; Colangelo should have traded him when he had the chance.

      I’m sure resigning with Cleveland was a legitimate option for Lebron; had Bosh signed with Cleveland, I’m sure he would have come back as well.

  17. ccshocktalk - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    I would rather have the decision for every free agent leave via the decision than see another one do this stunt. Dwight Howard needs to pull out his binky, put on his big boy shorts, sit down, shut up, and let the Magic decide what to do with him. He is not in control, and as much as he’d like to think, the Orlando Magic do not rest upon his shoulders, he does not own them, they own him and his rights. He works for Orlando, Orlando does not work for him. He doesn’t get the privilege to dictate where he is going.

    This is another reason people should be forced to play 2-3 seasons in college, so they can learn to grow up. They can realize this game isn’t about them, and that the game is bigger than they are. It was here before them and will be here long after they are done. Dwight Howard is just another spoiled little b-tch trying to cry his way to the place he wants to go.

    In all seriousness they need to think about trading him to a team in Spain and asking for 10 million in return and some prospects for the next 5 years.

  18. zzztknk - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    The Magic basically made it to the playoffs without Howard last year. If they trade Howard to the Nets and get Brooks, Lopez, Humphries, and 2013, 2015, 2017 first round picks, re-sign Jameer Nelson and they probably still make the playoffs next season, plus build for the future and lower their cap. Pretty good move considering the chaos they will have if they don’t trade Howard to the nets.

  19. metrocritical - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    When it comes to applications of logic, wisdom, common sense and understanding public relations, Dwight Howard is as limited thinking as he is at shooting free throws. Once again, a talented but immature and under educated NBA star has bungled an opportunity for classy and graceful career advancement.

  20. cacsemo - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    at this point the only place i want him to go is away…im sick of this story about him every day well maybe id like to play here..i love orlando…i want out…heres the teams id play for..i only want to be traded to one team…im over it..i hope he gets traded to Charlotte

  21. davidcl77 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Wherever this cat goes, he’d better produce. Big time.
    He’s a big baby. Needs to have his ass kicked.

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