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Dwight Howard silly season opens up. The Thunder? Will not happen.

Jul 23, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

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With all Dwight Howard trade action — to the Rockets, to the Lakers in a three-team deal with Cleveland, to anyone — in a holding pattern, speculation is starting to run wild.

Not rumors. Not “hey, GM X talked to the Magic to put in a bid.” But rather random, rampant speculation from the media and fans about things that are never going to happen.

Case in point, some fans and media are running with what John Rhode of the Oklahoman wrote.

OKC could throw its name into the Howard hopper and offer Kendrick Perkins, James Harden and Eric Maynor in a Howard sign-and-trade with Orlando, but doing so would abandon the Presti Plan and give the perception he had gone about things all wrong.

Then again, it potentially could result in an NBA title or two with a starting lineup of Howard, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka, not to mention a season record for blocked shots and a high-dollar existence above the league’s luxury tax. Presti is booking that slow and steady eventually will win the race to the NBA crown, which is why the Thunder is a tortoise in a league filled with hares.

Rhode’s piece is just saying that the Thunder have stuck to their plan — a plan that has worked out pretty well. If there are  Thunder fans not happy with how things are set up in Oklahoma City I know 28 other fan bases who would trade spots with you. Tomorrow. Sorry if it wasn’t fast and sexy enough for you, but what you have now is the model most teams try to build on — smart drafting of a powerful core. Each year they got better and this time made it to their first NBA finals.

OKC, you have not had a team for that long, so let me give you some advice — enjoy the journey. If your mentality is “title or bust” you’ll come off as arrogant, entitled Lakers fans. You have as good a young core as there is in the game, good players and good people who are fun to watch. Savor that, it is too rare. The titles will come. They will. Let them and enjoy the journey because that is the fun part, not the end result.

As for the people who want to jump on this idea, know there is no way this happens. No. Way. It will not even be discussed. Because neither side would do it.

First, you have title chemistry in OKC and that is hard to get, and there is no way GM Sam Presti blows that up to go way over the cap to win. Does that mean you don’t get to play the game like the Knicks financially? So what, how has that worked out in NYC? The NBA is not the MLB — smart drafting and management wins, not buying a team. (And don’t say the Heat bought a team, they drafted Wade and took a huge risk stripping their payroll to make their play. Are you going to tell me Pat Riley wasn’t the smartest guy in the room?)

Secondly, the Magic wouldn’t do this.

What does Orlando want in a deal? Well, that’s been a little hard to tell, but apparently it is cap relief, young players and picks. OKC doesn’t have a lot of great picks. And while Harden is good and Maynor is nice, but the Magic are not taking Perkins back. And they want you to take on Jason Richardson and or Hedo Turkoglu in a deal. This isn’t about getting talent for Howard, it’s about stripping the team down to the foundation and rebuilding. Using the Thunder model. This deal doesn’t offer that.

We’re going to see a lot random speculation now as the Magic have let this drag on and on and on. I just hope it ends soon. I fear if the Mayans were right, the world could end before this saga does.

  1. luckysunday20 - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    That would be a absolutely disgusting lineup especially if they kept Ibaka in that deal even though D12 is too much of a head case to play with Westbrook. I also hope the Magic realize what ever team they trade Dwight to most likely won’t be drafting the lottery.

    • saint1997 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:22 AM

      Yeah the Magic should just stop thinking about all these silly deals. They want what happened last season with the Melo to Knicks deal and the best way they will get that talent is with the Rockets I think. I mean KevMartin and some combination of Chandler Parsons and their 3 first rounders with picks is the best deal they will find

  2. gmsalpha - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Can Orlando trade Dwight Howard for Kentucky’s group of incoming Freshman?

  3. lakerchuy - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Say something. About Laker fans again Kurt! Don’t let me catch u slippin!…

  4. demo3356 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Trade the pain in the a*s to Charlotte and let him play out his contract there.That would serve him right for his constant whining..

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    “And don’t say the Heat bought a team, they drafted Wade and took a huge risk stripping their payroll to make their play. Are you going to tell me Pat Riley wasn’t the smartest guy in the room?”

    A MAJOR reason the Heat got LeBron and Bosh is their location. Sure, Wade was a good draft pick and they did a good job of clearing space. But you can’t tell me that LeBron and Bosh would have run to OKC if the same scenario was in place. LeBron “took his talents to South Beach” I doubt we would have ever heard “I’m taking my talents to Oklahoma City” Ever.

    I think this would be an incredible trade for OKC. Why wouldn’t they want to win a title as fast as possible? They aren’t going to be able to afford Harden anyway, so why not get Howard for him now?

    But I do agree that this is something that the Magic do not do. Just don’t try to convince everyone of the nonsense that this would be a bad deal for OKC. It wouldn’t be. It would probably hand them the next 3 Western Conference championships and depending on health, 2 out of 3 titles. Minimum. We could see OKC-Mia three or four times in a row.

    • edweird0 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      “Sure, Wade was a good draft pick…” Ummm last I checked he was the first & only one (up until this year) who had won an NBA Championship for his Franchise from that drafted class.

  6. dadawg77 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    It won’t be a two team deal, but I think they could they get another team or two in the deal to take some players and giving picks. Won’t happen but fun to play on the trade machine.

  7. fiyeaglesfiy - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Lakers fan who desperately doesn’t want to see this trade go down, but which of these teams would this be bad for?

    Slow and steady only works to a certain point, eventually you have to sell high. Dwight, Ibaka, Durant, Thabo, and Westbrook…thunder gotta keep pace with the lakers and heat who both improved this offseason.

    For the magic, this is the best offer on the table, significantly. They will not get a CP3 or Melo type deal here. There’s no market for it. The offers will not get better and the clock is ticking. In fact only worse as Dwight continues to alienate the teams bidding for him. Even if the magic want to dump contracts and stock draft picks, make this trade and then look to make subsequent moves with your new pieces packaged with bad contracts. It gives the magic flexibility to deal with more teams and time as all these players will be under contract or restricted free agents. This move puts the magic front office back in the drivers seat.

  8. lakerluver - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Why would Orlando trade him for a question mark (Harden), a backup pg, and a one dimensional bruiser?! The best deal for the Magic is the deal that’s going to “eventually” happen: a 3 team deal between Orlando, Cleveland and L.A. At least, as a LAKERS fan, I hope that’s what happens!!

    • scalfor3 - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      finals none withstanding, i think its safe to say harden is better than a question mark

  9. progress2011 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    I never usually complain about the writers of these articles. BUT since there is little NBA news to talk about, I read it.

    It sounds like Kurt is arguing with himself ! First he states all the possibilities and then later complains it will never happen.

    In this article, Kurt is his own good cop/ bad cop….ahahahaha

    I digress and hope for some “REAL” NBA news or the start of the Olympics, to get my fix.

  10. tsi431 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Funny thing, if a Laker reporter, blogger, etc said anything to this extent, the comments would be flooded with “every Laker fan is dillusional”. But since its OKC, its OK.

  11. charlutes - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Orlando might not do this but its short sighted to say that its some kind of admittance of failure by OKC if they do it. They can use the great nucleus they’ve built to get even better. And they should make a push to get that deal done if its financially possible because westbrook, Durant, howard equals better than the heat by a lot.

  12. southpaw77 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Miami didn’t buy a title? Really? They aren’t way over the cap signing every veteran big man and veteran shooter known to man?
    I suppose they built their team of LBJ, Bosh, Miller, Battier, Turiaf and James Jones thru the draft? And I suppose giving their big 3 over 15 mil a year in a state with no sales tax isn’t a financial thing either?

    • jimmerdabomb - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      there is a sales tax in florida….js

  13. lucky5934 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    “The NBA is not the MLB — smart drafting and management wins, not buying a team. (And don’t say the Heat bought a team, they drafted Wade and took a huge risk stripping their payroll to make their play. Are you going to tell me Pat Riley wasn’t the smartest guy in the room?)”

    Sorry Kurt, but drafting ONE of the big three doesn’t scream smart drafting. In fact if anything, if they had drafted better, they wouldn’t have felt compelled to take such a “huge” risk. Not that signing two of the game’s top players (Including the best) is a risk anyway. Most of the teams in the league would have signed James and Bosh if given the chance. But since we are on the topic of smart drafting Kurt, please tell me why mgt. is trading away solid drafted players that they can develop behind a championship winning core, in turn to sign fre agents past their prime? It makes more sense to develop the future while maintaining current excellence than it does to solidify a weak bench at the expense of the Heat’s future.

  14. wjmoffatt - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Why wouldn’t the Thunder look into this?
    Dwight wouldn’t be in a place that has had a HOF center. It’s a smaller market like Orlando. He can help build a dynasty for a franchise that’s never had one.
    Then he could see the possibilities of seeing KD on the perimeter and drawing double teams away from him.
    Thunder I’ve been asking for you to do this ever since acquiring Perkins, please pull the trigger now while Harden’s trade value is close to the peak.

  15. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    That would be a wonderful trade idea if not for the fact that Dwight Howard has the mentality of one of the little girls on Toddlers and Tiaras. And Dwight wouldn’t even want to go there anyways because he’s much more concerned with seeing his name in lights and getting more shoe deals than winning a title.

  16. raysfan1 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Please, OKC, do not change your m.o. (or listen to John Rohde ever) to get a rent-a-player and the surrounding circus that is Dwight Howard.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    A Thunder fan

  17. ajpurp - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Why is everyone arguing the writers point, which is borne out of sheer stupidity, that OKC wouldn’t be better by not sticking to plan and that this isn’t good for OKC, because it obviously would be. The main point is that there is no way on earth the thunder get him while keeping their nucleus. In what delusional world do these 3 equal Andrew Bynum and shedding terrible contracts? No one in their right mine would take on Perk when they’re trying to rebuild. The only piece they might is Harden but without getting back two horrid contracts, OKC can’t even dream about it. Thats the stinking point, not whether OKC would be better off, which they wouldn’t because they would (a) have to take on horrid contracts and pay the repeater tax in a market where they can’t afford it or (b) get 2 other teams involved and give up more of their “core” cause their draft picks won’t do. Get real

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