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David Stern blames Dwight Howard’s agent for all the leaks

Jul 27, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT

*Jul 24 - 00:05*

Oh, great. David Stern is getting involved in the Dwightmare. That will make everything better.

One of the most annoying parts of the entire Dwight Howard trade saga has been the constant flow of leaks trying to spin the story — and keeping the news cycle going on the story. The latest of those has been the “Orlando doesn’t really know what they want, they need to just make up their mind” spin.

Which Stern told the USA Today falls on Howard’s agent Dan Fegan. And he’s sort of right.

Here is the money quote from Stern.

“It’s very unique, especially if it’s driven by a quote source that happens to be Dwight’s agent,” Stern told USA TODAY Sports in a telephone interview. ” ‘A source in the meeting. Oh, OK, who might that be?”

Does he think it could be new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan?

“No, I don’t, and I don’t think it’s (Magic CEO) Alex Martins either,” Stern said.

Let’s backtrack for some “understanding the media 101.” No source tells the media something without a ulterior motive in mind. People don’t leak stories because they think the reporter is cool (well, at least in the case of the rest of the media). In sports (especially trades and contracts where money is involved) it is just like politics — everybody is trying to spin the story to put pressure on the other side and look like the good guy.

So yes, it’s pretty obvious to anyone paying attention to the leaks that Howard’s camp — which includes Fegan but is much broader than that — is the one pushing the “Orlando just has to make up its mind” meme. Because they want the deal to get done and get Howard to Los Angeles or Brooklyn. Their motive is to push the deal forward. Same with the leaks out of the Cleveland area, where they want better terms out of the deal but want to see it move forward.

Orlando, they are in no such hurry. They watched Denver wait out Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks and they are playing that same game. They are not the ones pushing to get a deal done, they are being patient and waiting for a deal they like.

We can debate how smart a strategy this is — the Nuggets got bailed out by Knicks owner James Dolan, that’s not going to happen here — but if Orlando doesn’t like the deal they can wait. That is GM Hennigan, but you can bet those orders come from the owners the DeVos family as well.

Anyway, Fegan will fire back at Stern soon, and we can talk about this all over again. Great. Just great.

  1. limonadamas - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Another Dwight Howard article? Sweeeet!!! Keep ’em coming, PBT!!!

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      I thought it was a Howard Stern article. Very disappointing that it wasn’t. RIP Bianca.
      Bababooey to y’all.

  2. cakemixa - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    David Stern is a bauce.

    • 1historian - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      what is a ‘bauce’?

      • sal11 - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:16 AM

        It’s Like a Boss.

      • shanelsweet - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM defines it as “Someone who is incredibly cool and awesome.”
        Yup, that’s Stern to a tee

  3. clownsfan - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    When is this miserable little troll going to retire?

    • gmsalpha - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      This Dwight Howard saga is annoying, but you’re being a little harsh on a 3-Time defensive POY, don’t you think?

  4. liljere24 - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    I blame Stern and Howard for becoming 2 of the biggest dbags in the NBA

  5. hoodheisman - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    “Unique”? Can it get anymore “unique” than the commissioner of the NBA vetoing a Chris Paul trade to the Lakers?

  6. lakerluver - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    I hate that arrogant smirk that’s always on Sterns face! Evil little dwarf dictator!!

  7. sabatimus - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Look, the same two words apply to Howard as they do to Stern: SHUT UP.

  8. therealhtj - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Stern could just as easily exert some pressure on the Magic, but alas, he’s in the owners pocket and does what he’s told.

    • brewcitybummer - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:36 AM

      Well they are collectively his boss.

  9. ch8878 - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    David Stern threw Howard’s agent Dan Fegan under the bus I’m sure it was either Dan Fegan, Howard or someone from the Nets.

    There must not be any tampering rules in the NBA because to me the Nets have been tampering with every free agent since last year the NBA needs to get tampering rules ASAP.

    How isn’t the NBA fixed they Allow Lebron to the Heat but not Paul to the Lakers and the Cavs got the number 1 pick after trading Lebron then the next year the Hornets get the number 1 pick after trading Paul some how the Magic will end up with the number 1 pick why not make it 3 years in a row.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Do you own stock in Reynolds Wrap, or did covering your head in tin foil just strike you as a good idea one day?

  10. badintent - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Stern knows that Florida has no state income tax so Howard stands to lose a lot of money even in a max contract deal if he goes to either Cali or NY. So does his agent. So Stern will keep a close eye on this soap opera for any shady dealings.We all know Dolan can be stupid but huge advertising $$$ does talk. Cuban is not stupid but is playing waiting game for 2 years. Texas has low income tax, I still think Houston is in the thick of it, If fegan can shut up for a minute.

  11. acieu - Jul 28, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    When did Texas enact an income tax? Is his recent?

    • Kevin S. - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      To the best of my knowledge, Texas has no state income tax, but an athlete’s income isn’t just taxed in his home state, the portion of it he earns playing in each arena is taxed by that locale. For example, a Portland Trail Blazer would have half his income taxed at the Oregon rate, 1/41 taxed at the Colorado rate, 1/41 taxed at the Minnesota rate, etc.

  12. jah1z - Jul 28, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    I’m no fan of Stern but I stand with him on this. Dan Fegan is the biggest culprit why this mess is still going on. I keep counting the days when Howard will grow enough sense to fire this fool. He’s getting terrible advice from this guy. The teams Fegan trying to force Howard to join makes no financial sense.

    New York and L.A. is the WORST place for Howard to play. A whooping 20% -30% of his base salary will get eaten up by massive taxes playing in states like that. If he got a list of teams, he should narrow it down to Houston and Dallas. And don’t overlook Houston! Lin is a Rockets and the Asian Market is well established with that city. If I was advising Howard, the Rockets is the team to play for.

    Texas has no state income taxes. Couple that with the Asian Market and a base salary of 116 million for 5 years, why the “F” would you turn that down, Howard? You getting major bang for your buck, dude! On top of that, the team is young, energetic with high upside —- Jeremy Lamb, Terrence Jones, Royce White and Motiejunas. Are you kidding me!?!?!

    Instead, Fegan want you to go to L.A. to team up with a 38 year old PG. A 34 year old Kobe. A 32 year old Pau Gasol. A 30-something year old Metta Peace. A older bench with Jamison—- are you assessing this correctly, Howard?? The prognosis for playing in L.A. is a big thumb down. Injuries is most likely to bite all of them in the a** and you stuck carrying a load you wouldn’t be able to bare.

    It’s destiny for you to be in Houston rather you see that or not. The team clear out their entire starting 5 just about. Hakeem Olajuwon is willing to work with you for a full season —- dude is coming from Jordan to stay a season in the states just to make your transition to the Rockets smooth as possible. You already have Lin there and a young nucleus. This is Destiny, Howard. Open your eyes and realize that!

    L.A. is a great place to visit. To play there? Forget it. You’d be a 3rd option behind Kobe and Pau with a chunk of your check going to illegal aliens to have a better life in L.A.. This is un-befitting of your stature, dude. Texas is the right place and the Rockets should be on your list.

    You’d be in the right company with the Rockets. They got a rich tradition of big men. It’s a no-brainer. With Dallas, if this is what you want, go for it. I don’t see how you fit that situation though…..even the Spurs would lake more sense than the Mavs but they just as old as the Lakers.

    Try to get a second opinion from another agent, if you got pulls like that and see what they say. I bet any agent besides Fegan would tell you Texas make sense, financial-wise and the Rockets would be ideal.

  13. anarchopurplism - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Dwight runs out the previous GM & Head Coach, then finally mans up and tells the new regime he will not sign another contract with the team.

    Yeah……clearly the team needs to “make up their mind.”

    I hope they keep Howard on ice for a while

    • Kevin S. - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      If this is somehow news to the team, they’re complete and utter dumbasses. Shocker – the guy who has been demanding a trade since last December wants no part in playing for you anymore! This idea that Dwight only recently told them he wouldn’t play for them anymore is idiotic. But then the PBT staff has the gall to make it out like Dwight’s team is the one doing all of the major narrative massaging.

  14. tampajoey - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Stern is just trying to take the negative attention away from crybaby diva Howard by blaming his agent Fegan for the drama. Howard is a marketing asset to the NBA even though he’s as whiny and difficult as a woman on the rag.

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