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Rumors fly but reality is Dwight Howard trade not imminent

Jul 7, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

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As your Friday moved from an office cubicle to a small table in dimly lit restaurant, there started to be a buzz out on the Web — that a Dwight Howard trade was imminent. Possibly to the Lakers. It was fueled by reports from unusual sources.

Relax people.

I’ve been told the Howard trade status is today as it has been for the last few. Nothing is on the verge. Orlando is listening to offers, trying to leverage better ones, but they are patient. They can move him now, they can move him in a week or two, they can move him right before training camp. It doesn’t matter when to them, they just want the best deal. And they are not the ones looking the fool right now anyway.

Here is a tweet from Ken Berger of who also saw the buzz.

The Lakers and other teams remained in talks with the Magic for Dwight Howard today, but a trade is not imminent, league sources say.

The Lakers come up a lot in discussions but there are two reasons right now that deal seems a long shot. First, Howard has not said he will commit to staying in L.A. after this season, and the Lakers are not giving up Andrew Bynum and more in hopes they can keep Howard. They don’t need to. With Steve Nash in house they are a threat right now, there is no reason to gamble with Howard on that. Howard would have to commit.

Secondly, why would Orlando trade a temperamental big man in the last year of his contract for Andrew Bynum, a temperamental big man in the last year of his contract? Remember, Bynum is a free agent next summer, too. Unless Bynum is willing to commit to Orlando like Howard is to Los Angeles, this deal isn’t happening.

One interesting note came from Marc Spears of Yahoo who expressed what has started to become clear from the Nets recent moves — they are tired of playing this game with Orlando.

Nets have “30 percent chance” of landing Dwight in trade but likely would turn attention to FAs if it can’t be done in a week, source tells Y!

My guess is that this starts to pick up some steam early next week, but that is just a guess. Orlando could choose to sit on this until Dec. 15 (when players signed this summer can be traded). They are in no rush. They don’t look worse if this drags on a little longer.

  1. BigBeachBall - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    what? my golden state warriors aren’t in the sweepstakes?

  2. kpow55 - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    Are the Lakers using DH as a tool to get Bynum to commit? Either resign or we ship you foo and you have to live in Florida…. Not like Miami or Tampa Florida but Whiskey Tango, Tornado Bait Orlando Florida.

    If a trade did go through, In Kobe’s book would Howard still be the 3rd option or now the 4th w/ Nash on board?

    • kpow55 - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:28 AM

      off but foo works in this instance too

    • echech88 - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Um except that being involved in trade rumors is what made Bynum resigned to leaving and helped grow his attitude in the first place.

      Also, NBA players on huge contracts view Orlando positively because there is no state income tax in Florida. California has one of if not THE biggest income tax in the league.

      • kpow55 - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:07 PM

        Obviously, by the plethora of quality free agents fighting to go to Orlando.

  3. patfic15 - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Howard is a tool.

  4. none - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    As an Orlando resident and Magic fan, I would pay DOUBLE for tickets to see Dwight suffer on the floor in Orlando until Dec 15. The crowd reaction, the agony on his face, the laughing at his missed free-throws, ahhhh, now that would be priceless! We won’t have much of a team next year anyway so PLEASE keep him for a few games.

  5. watermelon1 - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Trade him to Toronto or Charlotte and let him waste his talented by classless self on a team with no hopes of winning

  6. zzztknk - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Magic should not keep Howard one day longer. Keeping Howard is not making that team one ounce better, probably is making the team worse each day!

  7. bparmalee - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    I wonder if the Magic are holding off trading him until they can get a look at the Rockets rookies in the Summer League. To me the Rockets have the worst offer unless one of these guys starts to look like a star.

  8. tomtravis76 - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    The Nets alleged offer with 3 first round picks and 3 players , doesn’t seem too bad when you are going to get zero back next summer. Why continue to put the fans and organization through this mess? It would be interesting to hear how the Magic season ticket renewals are going.

    • handsomerob86 - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Why should the Magic settle for the Nets scraps? And who exactly is gonna sign Howard next offseason without the Magic getting compensation, cause I know it isn’t gonna be the Nets they are already over the cap.

      All the teams Howard would want to go to no longer have space for him. Sure he can sign a max free agent contract with the Bucks next off-season, but whats the point in that? He could get a better contract from the Magic, and he doesn’t pay state income taxes. Anywhere else he want’s to go requires a sign and trade. I guess that Dallas is still there maybe, but after the season they are about to have, is Howard really gonna want to tie himself to that sinking ship?

      I agree with Jerry West that the money is too hard to walk away from especially if you can’t get Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade to come with. Just like DWill ended up going back to the Nets. I would wait if I was the Magic, and unless something really good popped up, I wouldn’t take it.

      At the end of the day Howard will still have to have the Magic involved wherever he goes, cause all the teams with cap room are eating it up like candy (and most of them suck).

      No reason for the Magic to take the Nets trash, they have plenty of time and options, especially since they hold D12’s bird rights.

    • gmen4life33 - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Good points Rob, plus the 3 first round picks would be for a Nets team with 2 Olympians, one additional all-star, and a pretty good player in Wallace. Not saying Nets would be the best team in the NBA, but those 3 picks would not be anywhere close to lottery picks. CLE traded 3 mid/late first round picks (Nets picks would be same mid/late picks) for Zeller, and you want the Magic to take the same for Howard?

  9. thekingdave - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Because its a rebuilding year for them regardless. Nothing wrong with getting max value for a star player.

  10. tommyt39 - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    The Wolves are going to get him.
    They will try to make a bigger splash then the Wild!

  11. omahakidw - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Everybody is wrong, after you have gotten allot of money it comes down to winning Championships, and thats the bottom line for everybody who plays at a “high” level, and who`s gotten their fair share of awards. Let me ask all of you, “who do you think Ray Allen” choose the Heat? Its about a real oppoertunity to compete for a Championship ……………………..period. Dwight going to N\ew Jersey / Brooklyn and teaming up with Williams, and Johnson, and Wallace would be about a real opportunity to get a “Ring”. Going to Chicago same thing, or (scarey) Miami ! Places he would go but not LA because he would be unhappy, does`nt want to be there, or Chicago, or Miami, he wants to be the focal point in any offence, that would`nt be the case if he went to Miami, or probably not Chicago, although they would be a real good fit. No, the Brooklyn Nets, and the fact that this is his desired destination where these things could work out for him,………………thats the only fit that makes sense for him, and thier would be an opportunity to compete for that Championsip and win. But my personal preferance would be Miami, but we all know thats not happening unless he would play for less money

  12. bknowledge - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Orlando gets:

    Bynum and no salary relief and no draft picks…
    Brook, Humphries, Marshon, 3 1rst round draft picks, and salary cap relief…
    They let him walk for nothing…

    Let the man go where he wants to go. Its good for the league. It will be good for the league to have a great team in NYC, a team that is capable of competing with Miami and Chicago and L.A. and OKC and Boston and Portland (especially if they get Hibbert)…and whoever else surprises us…

    Nets should offer to trade Lopez as is (last year of his deal- he’ll be Orlando’s free agent). Marshon as is. 3 1rst round draft picks. Sign and trade Humphries to a 1 year deal worth too much- gonna have to be about 15 million dollars- enough salary so we can take back Dwight’s and JRich’s salaries (26 mil combined)…

    This way Humphries is pretty good trade chip for Orlando with a huge expiring deal..
    They get the free agent rights to Brook and maybe that works out.
    They get Marshon who was a nice rookie/rookie contract.
    They get three first round picks…
    They get some salary relief…

    Can they sign Bynum; would they want to pay Artest’s 7 mil salary for two years; do Lakers have any draft picks to offer this decade?

  13. ch8878 - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Its more like

    Bynum, Metta World Peace and salary cap relief ( yes the Lakers will be taking Turk or Jason Richardson ) and no draft picks…
    Brook, Humphries, Marshon ( maybe because none of those players are on the Nets Roster ), 3 1rst round draft picks ( the NBA isn’t the NFL draft picks hardly pan out after the first 5 picks ), and little salary cap relief (more then likely they would have to pay Brook max salary and over pay the other players )…

    • bknowledge - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Metta makes 7 mil for the next two years…if you include him in deal, there’s no salary cap “relief”, you are just swapping salaries…

      to take back Turk, you are gonna have to send Orlando almost 25 mil in salaries…Artest is 7 mil…do you think Orlando would agree to a sign and trade for Bynum if they have to pay him 18 mil a year (starting) on a 4/5 year deal?

      In your scenario, with say Bynum/Artest for Dwight/Turk…
      Orlando’s team for the next two years will be
      Big Baby

      those 5 with Reddick that would be about 53 mil commited salaries (not even counting Ryan Anderson)….

      How are you gonna offer them salary cap relief?

      • bknowledge - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        Brook will be in the last year of his rookie deal this year. If traded to Orlando, he will become their restricted free agent at the end of next season. They will have the option to sign him/trade him/release him/whatever…
        Marshon is in his rookie contract..
        If Nets sign/trade Kris for 1 year 15 mil…

  14. poundtherock - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Honestly, New Jersey’s deal sucks. You get Brook Lopez (ok), Kris Humphries (meh), and Marshon Brooks (meh) and three 1st round picks! But guess what? Those 1st round picks aren’t going to be worth ****!

    Where do you think the Nets will be picking if they have Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, and Dwight Howard?

    GUARANTEED 25th or higher. We’re not talking lottery picks here. I don’t know why people view that as such a great deal.

    If I were Orlando, I would try to trade him to the Hawks for Horford, Josh Smith, and a 1st round pick. At least you’re getting some good value there.

    • bknowledge - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      That would def be better deal…but do you think Dwight re-signs?
      Why would Atlanta do that to rent Dwight for 1 year?

    • sdlakerfan - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Isn’t Dwight from the Atlanta area? Does seem like the best value to me. Bynum is a bit overrated IMO…has some holes in his game. OKC pushed him off the block and took away most of his offensive game. His ‘tude is just plain weird and severely immature. Huge guy but not that tough, slow, foul-prone, injury prone. I’d swap him for Hibbert any day. Nets deal sucks. Gotta believe Orlando will move before the trade deadline. Who got traded who could become viable trade bait for Howard after Dec. 15? Not a huge issue IMO. This debacle can only get worse until he’s moved.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Atlanta is offering borh Horford and Smith?

      It thought they wanted to keep Horford. But if that’s the case, then that’s the best deal out there. 2 borderline all-stars…that’s almost equal value, which is always impossible to get in superstar trades.

  15. mikey1977 - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Kpow55 your comments about orlando are uniformed and ignorant…shipping Bynum to Orlando is no punishment….geez

  16. bknowledge - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Brook/Marshon are signed for about 5 mil…
    Nets could offer sign/trade of 1 year 25 mil for Kris…
    3 first round picks…
    and take back JRich/Hedo/Dwight…

    Sounds nuts but…its hard to imagine Orlando turning that down…

  17. manuelvargas1203 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Be smart Henningan!
    Trade him to Houston

    Toronto Lottery Pick ( Lowry Trade )
    2 Future First Rounders
    Jeremy Lamb
    Terrence Jones
    Marcus Morris
    Luis Scola

    Nobody can beat that

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