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Magic GM says Howard could start season on Magic roster

Jul 29, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

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“Process.”

That was new Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan’s word of the day in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. He said the team would follow the process and trade Dwight Howard when they got to the end of the process.

I would translate what he said as “these offers all suck, we’re going to wait for a better one,” but read what he said for yourself and come up with your own interpretation.

“As I’ve said all along, we’re going to just continue to stay true to our process and let the process sort of dictate the opportunities and the scenarios that present themselves,” Hennigan told the Orlando Sentinel in a telephone interview Saturday. “We’re going to have to be prepared across the board.”

You’ve heard the spin from Howard’s camp that they told him in no uncertain terms the superstar center wants to be traded to the Lakers now or the Nets after June 15. If not, he walks at the end of the season and goes to Dallas.

Here is Hennigan’s spin on the meeting with Howard in Los Angeles.

“We wanted to just go out and see Dwight and spend a little time with him and talk through a few things,” Hennigan said. “We also wanted to check on his rehabilitation process, so it was more a chance for us to get out and get some face time with him and speak with him in person.”

Hennigan and the Magic know they need to move Howard at some point. But they look at what Denver did and they see a team that got a better offer when they waited the suitors out until one cracked and threw a better deal on the table. They are thinking “why not follow that model?”

I will add this note: Hennigan is not doing anything here that does not at least have the okay of — if it is not a direct order from — the owners, the DeVos family. It was they that spoke to Howard the night he waived his right to opt out of his contract last year and extended this circus into this summer. They want a package like Denver got for Carmelo Anthony. I bet they do. I want eating corned beef hash for breakfast to be good for you. Still, that appears to be the plan, to wait it out like that.

So while the Howard camp and the Cleveland camp try to pressure Hennigan to make a move, he seems comfortable waiting it out. Even if that means the complete and utter circus that would be Howard coming back for training camp has to happen. Wouldn’t that be fun for just hired coach Jacque Vaughn?

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    I swear this is the last article on Dwight Howard’s situation I will ever read until the headline reads like…”Dwight Howard has officially been traded to_______”, or any variation of that sentence. No more. I’m done. This story is getting older then Betty White’s snatch.

  2. ch8878 - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Can’t say I blame the Magic why trade a all-star for some guys that may or may not be any good in a few years and some draft picks that may or may not be any good ?

    The Nets offer sucks, the Rockets offer was the best so far but who knows if those young players will be any good.

    I personally think this is just more Magic trying to get a better offer for when August 5th rolls around and the rookies can be traded.

    • dal24la - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      ” But they look at what Denver did and they see a team that got a better offer when they waited the suitors out until one cracked and threw a better deal on the table.”

      Unfortunately James Dolan does not own either the Rockets or the Lakers so he is not going to get the farm for Dwight Howard. Also Melo was willing to go all the front runners for him (Lakers, Knicks, Chicago) while Dwight is demanding to be traded to ONE team that is pushing for him while saying he will walk from the other.

  3. hoodheisman - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    It’s pretty obvious there are no other offers out there. And Howard can really bend Orlando’s front office over like a virgin on prom night if he decides to hold out… I mean sit out into the regular season because “his back is not ready” essentially destroying his trade value but forcing Orlando to pay him because its an injury. This deal is done on August 5th.

  4. luckysunday20 - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    “They want a package like Denver got for Carmelo Anthony”

    That is not going to happen the time for a deal like that was when Dwight wanted Brooklyn and Brooklyn had cap/picks and wanted Dwight last year. Who in the blue hell is lining up to get fired by giving up a Denver type package for one year of this walking headache that is Dwight Howard.

    I mean unlike the Denver deal ORL is going to be asking you to take on bad contracts and the Knicks had an all star in waiting to pair with Melo who WANTED TO BE THERE plus cap that offseason to add Tyson. I really wouldn’t blame D12 for walking away from a team who’s gm/ownership foolishly guts themselves like the Knicks did just to get him and people are gonna want to hate on him for walking away from a bad basketball situation.

    I swear people are trying so hard to make Hennigan look like this expert poker player but in truth his cards were played by the Devos/Otis/Dwight before he even sat down.

  5. gmsalpha - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    Dwight said if he can’t go to L.A or Brooklyn, he’ll play out the year and go to Dallas.

    But how awkward would that be? I have to believe part of the Magic’s hope is that Dwight will open up his options at the last minute to avoid being in Orlando again. He hasn’t stepped foot in the town since last season and cancelled his youth basketball camp. He has no friends and has burned all of his bridges. He really doesn’t want to play even a single game as a member of the home team when he’s on the Amway Arena floor.

  6. xjokerz - Jul 29, 2012 at 6:05 AM

    All I read was blah blah blah Howard’s a pos. the end

  7. rickyspanish - Jul 29, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    00maltliquor

    That made me laugh hardily! All hail 00maltliquor, king of comments!

  8. raidmagic - Jul 29, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    If they really are committed in bringing him into camp this year I’m sure that will force his hand. There is no way that guy wants to be in that position. I would enjoy watching him be annoucned at Amway Center though. That would be a fun crowd reaction.

  9. drew1969 - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Question;Does Betty White`s snatch have a post-up move?

    • Kansachusetts - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Compared to Dwight? Yes.

  10. chadinkc30 - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    2 OPTIONS…LAKERS OR NETS. PRETTY FN SIMPLE. NETS IS IMPOSSIBLE TIL JANUARY, SO WHAT DOES THAT LEAVE YOU MR. GM?

  11. imforbigblue - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Going to laugh my ass off because Orlando is going to wait to long and end up with nothing!

  12. bparmalee - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Dear Orlando…. you are not going to get equal value for Howard…. you are going to get market value. Howard has hurt the market by only wanting to be traded to 1 or 2 places and you have destroyed the market yourselves by not completing a deal while the Nets offer was still on the table. If you start the season with Howard you will hurt the market further because teams that might want to rent Howard… like Houston… won’t want to rent him for less than a full season. If you don’t get a deal Howard walks at the end of the year for nothing and don’t be so sure that in January the Nets will be willing to give up the world for Howard. Make a deal or you could get re-Shaqed and this time you know it’s coming.

  13. lakerluver - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    D12 is getting hammered in this mess but the Magic organization should get most of the blame. They’re the ones that awarded marginal players huge contracts and now they want another team to bale them out.

  14. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    SHUIUUTTTTTT UUUPPPPP

    NO MORE DWIGHT HOWARD PLEASE WORSE THAN FAVRE

  15. magicbucs - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    It was Otis smith giving out all those crappy contracts to make sure all his boys got paid. Not the entire magic organization, not Rob Hennigan. He’s just trying to fix the mess left by Otis smith and Vander wyde (former CEO that stepped down). Dwight will be traded to Houston after aug 5th.

    • ch8878 - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:24 AM

      The Magic is trying to get the best deal they can get and try to be in the playoffs meaning they want a young team but a team good enough to be at-least a 8th seed in the playoffs, but when it comes down to it Houston is the best deal so far the Magic can get some young players, some draft picks and dump the bad salaries so they will take that offer.

      With all that said if they wait till the trade deadline I doubt it they are looking to move forward before the season starts regardless the miss information being spread around.

  16. malcom1985 - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    oh Orlando.. you sure keep things entertaining. keep posturing as if you actually have some real leverage here. the longer Orlando waits to make a trade, the harder it becomes to get a good deal. problem is that owners and GM’s aren’t going to sit idly by waiting on Orlando to do something. they’re going to keep signing players and building a, hopefully, better roster, with or without Dwight Howard. Orlando is in grave danger of getting nothing, and it’s their own fault.

  17. lakerluver - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    @magicbucs, Otis gave out those contracts but who signed off on them, the Magic’s ownership that’s who!! Otis was a terrible gm but he had a lot of help in being terrible. The Magic have been poorly run from the beginning. They took C. Webb and promptly traded him for Penny. In theory it made sense but C. Webb and Shaq would’ve run roughshod over the NBA. Then they allowed Shaq to go to my beloved LAKERS and win 3 titles (thanks). The organization was inept before Otis got there.

  18. finatic001 - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    If you don’t trade him he is going to leave and you are going to get nothing for him. Do you think it is a good idea to start the season with somebody who doesn’t want to be there and if you think it isn’t going to effect your team you are crazy.

  19. westcoastredbird - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Enough of this crap. Let’s all boycott Amway until a deal is done. On second thought I’ve never used a Scamway product.

  20. lakerdownunder - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    I’m intrigued as to what people believe Howard can do about this situation? He has confirmed that he has no interest in returning so the ball is with management. He can’t be any clearer about his position…at long last. He caused many of the issues that led to this point but at this stage the ball is squarely in management’s hands to resolve.

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