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Another Dwight Howard update that really isn’t an update

Jul 23, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

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And our Dwightmare continues, and likely will for a couple more weeks.

The latest update — which is really a leaked negotiating tactic — comes from Chris Broussard at ESPN.com.

The Orlando Magic have told rival executives that they might not trade Dwight Howard after all, according to league sources.

An executive who has had discussions with the Magic regarding Howard said Orlando only will trade the star center in a deal that is great for the franchise. The executive said this has been Orlando’s stance for the past “week or so.”

If you are trying to maintain leverage and you feel negotiations have stalled, that is exactly what you would say. And leak.

If you are one of the teams involved in talks for Howard and don’t buy into this, the bluff you’d be calling is this: Do you think the Magic organization would be willing to really go through training camp and the media circus every game would be with Howard on the roster just to get a slightly better deal? Because honestly, the deals are not going to start getting better. James Dolan is not coming to the Magic’s rescue. No, the closer to the trade deadline it gets, the more lowball the offers become.

The only trades known on the table are the Rockets mix of picks and young players, plus salary cap relief; and the three-way with Cavaliers and the Lakers that sends Howard to Los Angeles, Andrew Bynum to Cleveland and Anderson Varejao and picks to the Magic. Clearly none of these deals has been good enough to get Orlando to pull the trigger.

The buzz out of Los Angeles and Cleveland and Houston calls everything in a “holding pattern.” Basically, the Magic are willing to wait a few weeks or months to get a better deal. There are other reports they want to make a deal in early August or not long after the Olympics end.

But this is the latest update, that the Magic are saying they don’t need to make a deal.

  1. rob13934 - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    This is exactly what the Magic should do. This might not work but it definitly puts some pressure on Dwight to expand his list of teams he will extend with. Do you really think he wants to suit up for the Magic amiss the boos in Orlando? If he agrees to resign with more teams, more teams will enter the trading process and Orlando will get better offers. It just depends if Dwight will call Orlando’s bluff or not.

    • ludachrisgsx - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      It has nothing to do with Dwight’s list of teams he’d extend with, it’s about what teams want him and can afford him (cap room) and have pieces to make it work. There aren’t many that have the cap room to sign him to a long term deal once his contract expires after next season and/or have the pieces to make it work. It’s highly unlikely that any new teams will jump into the mix.

      I wonder if Orlando might be willing to take the chance on him sticking around all season knowing they can make him the best offer compared to any other team out there in free agency. That’s a risky gamble and Howard is hoping they don’t try it. Any team he gets traded to would have the best chance at signing him due to this scenario, but if they don’t trade him by the deadline he then gets screwed and will have to decide between $20+ million dollars on an extra year or less money with another team.

      The big question is, would Orlando go through this circus another season on this gamble, knowing Howard will likely be disgusted with them for not trading him? If they can’t get a good deal, maybe they’ll take that risk. I don’t know.

  2. rickkaler - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Someone needs to kick this gm’s @$#. Just trade him already you’re getting worse offers as time passes.

    • pl4tinum514 - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:43 AM

      He’s the Scott Howson of the NBA.

  3. chex1868 - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Love the pic of Dwight in this article. I make the same face when I see his name in the news.

    • jon623 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      It’s pretty epic. I’m pretty sure he makes the same face about half the time he is on the court, normally in coorelation with some call made against him that doesn’t agree with.

  4. jon623 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Quite possibly the most annoying trade saga of all time… and I can’t wait for it to end. At this point I don’t give a damn where he lands, just get it over with so we can move on.

  5. geraldthecat - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    It is a far reach, but how about a few of the contracts the mavs have in December A bucket load of expiring and a handful of picks

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Yes they do need to make a deal ha. They aren’t going to let him walk in June for nothing, and like it was said here — they’re NOT getting any better deals unless Stoudemire suddenly begs to go home to Florida.

    • rushbacker - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      When Orlando says they’re looking for a good deal, I’m pretty sure they mean a deal that’s good for THEM. . . not a deal that’s great for the Knicks.

  7. boilerup1869 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Trade him to Maccabi Tel Aviv and let’s never speak of him again.

  8. shedrickslg - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    If this scenario happens then i think the Mavs will be the favorite to land him by trade. The Lakers will prob concentrate on Bynum if they have to wait that long. Houston with Lin and Asiks contracts might be out of the picture. I think the Mavs might be able to offer a more attractive offer of players and contracts then the Nets now that Lopez contract is not an attractive one to take back for the Magic. For Dwight I’m sure Cuban would take back one of those contracts Orlando is trying to dump also. And with Dwight still vying for free agency at the end of the year Cuban will def take that risk more than LA would by trading Bynum for Dwight that late in the season especially if they are in playoff contention.

    • shedrickslg - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:31 AM

      I saying at the end if Lakers are in playoff contention they will be less likely to trade for Dwight that late in the season.

      • therealhtj - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        Lakers will be in playoff contention regardless of whether they trade for Dwight or not.

  9. sysi45 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    no one cares. stop it

  10. diablito0402 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    I hope all gm’s nutt up and dont trade for this clown, let him get booed in orlando all year, and let him walk away in free agency and orlando get nothing in return, that would be ideal..

    • redblue560 - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:53 AM

      Or… the GM’s can all secretly agree to end his basketball career for him by not getting Howard on their team. End this drama once and for all and make the NBA fans happy for once.

  11. daweadilx - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    i think they just like being in the spotlight

  12. couldntthinkofaname - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    The NBA’s answer to Brett Favre for story fatigue.

  13. mat9844 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    The big deal the Magic is waiting for is an offer from HBO for a mini-series on this whole fiasco.

  14. andrewproughcfe - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    I get the feeling something crazy is going to happen – like Danny Ainge swooping in at the last minute again, or Mark Cuban getting Howard after agreeing to personally refinance all Magic debt at 0% interest for 30 years.

    • therealhtj - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      That would be crazy as the Magic owner (Rich DeVoss) would throw himself off a building if he woke up only as rich as Cuban.

  15. lakerluver - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Stoudemire, really? It would take way more than that, dude. I’m beginning to think its the Magic holding a trade up, not Howard. Of course if he hadn’t signed that extension this crap would’ve been over with already.

  16. Kevin S. - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    The only way holding Dwight improves offers is if they believe the Nets would put every asset they have into getting him. That would be above what’s currently being offered, and if it can be credibly threatened, it could improve other teams’ offers too. But I have to think the Lakers aren’t going to leave Bynum in limbo forever. I’f I’m him, I try to ink an extension five months and twenty-nine days before the trade deadline, whatever day in late August that happens to be. That’ll drop the price, and it probably would make the Nets feel like they don’t have to put everything they have into Dwight either. I have to say, I am getting a sort of perverse enjoyment out of Orlando’s management thinking they could outlast Dwight on this for the past year or so.

  17. alexb64 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    It might not work out THAT bad. Only contenders will have a legitimate shot at re-signing Howard if they traded for him today anyway so someone could conceivably make a slightly better offer down the stretch thinking even if he bolts it was worth the gamble if he gave them a better chance at a title heading into the playoffs. Also the idea of Howard getting booed both at home in Orlando & on the road every game until trade deadline would provide some compensation for the annoyance he has put NBA fans through the last year & a half.

    To be perfectly honest I’m surprised there are still teams interested in adding him to their locker room given his behavior this past year. I can’t recall any professional athlete that didn’t commit a crime or do something awful that has destroyed their image quite as bad as “Superman” has.

  18. ch8878 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    There just making some rumors till August 5th when the rookies are signed and can be traded they would like to get what ever they can but if that doesn’t happen they will be sending Howard to Houston.

  19. sp718 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Fukk it give stoudemire and chandler

  20. mrheavychevy - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Who cares either way Howard’s career is going downhill from here & does any team really wanna deal with this nonsense

  21. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    Fabulous. Let him stay there and get booed for his money another miserable year. Hollywood has enough soap operas as it is.

  22. brianbosworthisstonecold - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    The Decision Part II: Electric Boogaloo

  23. mrguyana - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    the magic need to get rid of that headache and take what the rockets are giving them for Dwight Howard. Put him in the west

  24. imforbigblue - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    I’m going to laugh my ass off when Orlando waits to long and gets to picky and they get nothing in the end because he’s leaving one way or another

  25. patfic15 - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    This guy has actually made me like lebron more. Wow. Its gotten that bad.

    • pl4tinum514 - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:45 AM

      Impossible

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