Magic Play Waiting Game With Dwight





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – From the very start, we’ve had nothing but good things to say about the way the Orlando Magic are handling Dwight Howard and his future with the franchise.

With every win, and every milestone (above) Howard reaches in a Magic uniform, their decision to step back from the trade discussions involving their superstar center seems more and more like the right one.

The Denver Nuggets went down the same path last season with Carmelo Anthony before moving him to New York. But these situations are quite different in regards to the perception of the teams making the decision. While the Nuggets were a playoff team with Anthony, no one considered them much of a title contender before the trade.

The Magic, meanwhile, appear to be a legitimate threat to the Bulls and Heat in the chase for the Eastern Conference crown this season. As of this morning they’re second in the Southeast Division, sporting an identical 12-5 record as the Heat, behind the 13-5 Hawks.

And whether Howard is on his way out of Orlando or not, he is busy cementing his legacy as arguably the greatest player in Magic history (sorry Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway, but Dwight already has the all-time scoring mark and has led the franchise to just as many appearances in The Finals as you both did.)

As ESPN.com’s Jemele Hill points out, the Magic do have some factors working in their favor if they indeed are set on keeping Howard in the fold:

Orlando has three things going for it in its effort to manipulate Howard into staying: money, a winning record and his desire to be liked. If Howard chooses to go to another team as a free agent, it could cost him $30 million, since the collective bargaining agreement allows the Magic, as the team that drafted him, to offer him the most money.

The salary should be enough to make even Howard — who is earning close to $18 million this season — uncomfortable about leaving.

Some NBA stars might be egomaniacs, but few of them want to be cast in a bad light. Most players don’t even have the guts to ask for a trade themselves. They use their agents, representatives and other back channels to make their true feelings known so they can have plausible deniability with their home teams’ fans. During his trade drama in Denver last season, Carmelo Anthony always insisted he never asked for a trade, even though it was so obvious he wanted to be with the New York Knicks that he might as well have put it on a Times Square billboard.

There’s that Anthony comparison again. And it’s hard to ignore the similarities, good and bad.

We all know how that’s working out for Anthony … and for his former team.

115 Comments

  1. Law064 says:

    Dwight already made it clear that if he was traded to the bulls he would not sign for the long term so the Bulls would be crazy to take that risk. Then they’ll be like the Knicks getting rid of the entire team to aquire Melo. I am a fan of Dwight and I wish hime the best of luck wherever he lands. I really wanna see him stay in Orlando, they just need to get some REAL help for him like D Will. FYI Miami fans the Heat couldn’t get Howard unless 1 of the big 2.5 get traded in the deal, and signing him via free agency is impossible they have no money for that

  2. LakerforLife says:

    i will be glad if Howard went to the LAKERS… The Bulls don’t need Dwight because, they have the most complete line-up. they have a defensive Center , A powerful forward..Deng is efficient.. a great 3 pointer and a VALUABLE point guard,,,so go to L.A.. dont bother bout the “like a SHAQ” thing,, just make your own decision and make your own HISTORY..! that would be much appreciated…i’m a KOBE fan and i know KB24 needs you..

  3. WD40 says:

    I would love to see DH in LA if Phil Jackson is still the coach… Stay in Magic DH. Get rid of Jameer.

  4. human_error says:

    Gilbert Arenas was a great addition to the team but they didn’t gave him more play time.

  5. Baller says:

    I’m a Heat fan first of all and a DWade fan but I actually think it wouldn’t be a bad idea to trade D. Wade for Dwight Howard. Having an all-star centre would give them the player they truly need instead of an all-star SG.

  6. Jp says:

    Bring Dwight to Washington! lol!

  7. spiderclaw says:

    Look. there’s good arguments here and bad ones. But i gotta say that the guy who said the Bulls would have to trade half of their roster to get him is stupid. He wants out. They need something to replace him, and can’t just upset teams they want something from. A trade of Noah and either Watson, or Brewer would be a young couple of guys who could help. plus it puts Howard with his friend and reigning MVP Rose. It would improve an already number1 defense, and bolster their offense. It wouldn’t hurt the Bulls and would be good for the Magic as well. Best they will get from anybody anyway. Howard to the Bulls is better than any other choice for him. Oh, and to the guys who think Shaq is better…. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

    • killin it says:

      Wow I don’t know where to begin berating your stupidity.. shaq in his dominance… which reigned for close to a decade was much better than dwight howard will ever be… watch shaq in his prime play ball and then post this smut buddy…

  8. Dont worry about it says:

    If howard wants to win RINGS and not just 1 there is no other place for him to do that than the bulls, bulls have the best to offer and u put noah in orlando where he is loved back from his college days with there are so many options where the bulls have the most to offer .People talking about him going to the knicks get the hell outta here who wants amare the guy can barley move anymore, lakers old ok maybe win 1, dallas old again ok maybe win 1 if ure a true basketball fan u know chi is the place where he would win several rings with all the young talent and the MVP of the leauge at the age of 23. Anyone who thinks otherwise sorry but im right, if howard isnt scared to play alongside the mvp and most humble player in the leauge by far and cares about rings and not just stats he should b going to the chi and putting up 6 more championchip banners

  9. DWiGHT 2 L.A.L says:

    Lets Bring another 3-peat with Dwight Howard going to LA buhahahahahahaha

  10. adrian calendas says:

    howard must stay in orlando. he is the franchise of the magic. change the coach trade some player. and make howard do his magic in orlando

  11. Lakers All The Way says:

    Lakers Should Trade Bynum For Dwight Howard , No Doubt .

  12. harpshot says:

    Do not compare dwight to shaq; dwight to melo. ridiculous. Dwight can go in any team he wants. But obviously he must go to the team that has an eagerness to win the championship such as BULLS, LAKERS, WOLVES.
    If he go with bulls, bring back their dynasty.
    Lakers – continue grabbing the ring
    Wolves – do what GARNETT CAN’T DO.

  13. Ryan says:

    Send Dwight to Denver!
    Trade Nene, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, 2 first round draft picks for Dwight
    He would fit in great with Ty Lawson and Andre Miller

  14. Ongpong says:

    Follow what Shaq did, go to the lakers there’s nothin wrong with that? win 3 championships with Kobe in L.A. after Kobe retires, leave L.A. go to miami and team up with (maybe Lebron is still there, give him his first and only championship), see 4 rings awaiting for you … then just be a journeyman get traded to phoenix, they may already have a Nash replacement at that time, then the Cavs next, since after those years of bottom dwelling they finally drafted the “next Lebron James” and He needs your help, after that go to the celtics, they probabaly have the new Big three again there. you should retire in the East because, the one who’ll replace you is drafted by Orlando… an emerging 6’10″ – 6’11″ defensive monster who wins back to back Defensive Player of the year awards and slam dunk championships… weeew talk about DeJavu all over again.

  15. cave says:

    Better to be the face of a franchise that evidently loves you than bounce around from team to team… while it would be nice to see him come to chicago! but where is the fun of competition in that?

  16. Larry O'Connor says:

    I would like to see Dwight stay in Orlando. He could be the anti-LeBron. Magic needs to put some effort in getting a winning combo there. I like Jameer’s numbers but remember, when they went to the finals they had Rafer Alston running the show not Jameer Nelson. replacing Nelson with D-Will would be sweet. Ryan Anderson replaces Rashard Lewis’ production, and Hedo could do with a heart transplant to bring him back to his glory days!

  17. Listen2Reason says:

    I’m a Lakers fan, but I’m NOT delusional like everyone else seems to be and I don’t understand what part of Dwight will only sign with Lakers/Mavericks/Nets you people don’t understand??? It’s a quote. ONLY teams his agent is talking to. Period. My team is out, because Little Bus won’t part with both Bynum and Gasol and we don’t have the money to sign him in free agency.. THIS ONLY LEAVES TWO TEAMS GUYS. With the Nets moving to Brooklyn and their owner who’s one of the richest men in the world wanting a face to push his franchise and knowing rick people like him get what they want eventually??? Odds are Dwight Howard will be a Brooklyn Net next year. Sorry to kill your wet dream fantasies..

  18. Boydee says:

    Options for Dwight are good in response to Knicks Team roster and defensive abilities. To trade Dwight for Amar’e and Tyson would be considered a quality deal. Dwight makes scoring and offense a key for the knicks and speed things up in the centre position, while the magic get a decent trade and can rebuild the team with 2 very high quality players. The knicks then have the good old days back and can actually compete against the heat. I’m not a knicks fan, but I remember the Jordan era and the battles with the knicks.

  19. Magic since day 1 says:

    Magic fans just let it go…..If he stays awesome,if he goes who cares.
    Why would we want a player on our team that doesn’t want to be there.I turn on my T.V to watch basketball not to hear about players feelings and problems…..I have my own.
    GO MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Dwho? says:

    All these talk about ‘wanna win championship…’ are just a trash!
    If DH12 wants to win, he go to Chicago, Miami, OKC…whatever….with minimum salary….it’s just ridiculous!
    there is no other team than present Orlando with more possibility of winning championship.

    • Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!! says:

      Miami Heat is a pretty good option. They can do some form of a trade so Dwight will make his millions.

  21. Lakers R Us says:

    hey Sekou; need i remind you that Shaq left Orlando for the Lakers after 4 years! so it’s no surprise that D Howard would be the all time scoring leader in Orlando! Dwight would be chasing Shaq for a long time if he stayed in Orlando! But Dwight is a great center and I wish him the best; no matter where he ends up!

  22. D12LBJ6DWADE3 says:

    send Dwight to Miami! best option in the world .. 4 all stars in one team … eff Stern!

    • Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!! says:

      I never quite liked stern. Nothing personal, I just don’t like the way he does his job. The salary cap is the worst idea in the world!

  23. dodie says:

    dwight for lebron! talent for talent, skill for skill…..

  24. Carlos PR says:

    Orlando just need to move fast to bring D Williams in a trade for J Nelson and olso trade Richarson for a solid second guard. With that move Howards stay, but please let him pick with who he would like to play. Make the team his from A to Z there is not space 4 mistakes because if they don’t please D 12 they have to start over to build a champion team or at least a contender no a a pretender. The way D12 dominate the NBA show the is not to hard to find players to help him moore with out so many 3 points shoots, a good PG the realy can run the game and give him the ball when he raely ask. Lets go Magic don’t give up we are very close to win a championship with out 2 super stars nex to him.

  25. ThunderFan says:

    i agree.. trade K.Perkins/Ibaka/Harden for D12….

  26. Manny Pacquiao says:

    Oklahoma would trade for D.Howard. Magic will get Perkins/Ibaka and Harden in return….

  27. LEGENDARY says:

    Don’t be like Shaq and ruin your legacy. Shaq won 4 championship true but it was never ” the big man’s team” shaq can’t say he belongs to any team, lakers won 10 championships before he showed up and 2 after he left. Miami was Wade and Mourning’s team..
    Dwight Howard is the most dominant big man by the same margin to any other player as SHAQ was during his prime.
    If Dwight stays in ORLANDO, and Wins a championship. HOWARD’s LEGACY as a player and what he meant to a team will forever be remembered. When we think of GREAT teams such as the lakers and the celtics, SHAQ, who by the way played for both.. DOESN’T EVEN COME TO MIND…

    IF HOWARD STAYS IN ORLANDO AND WINS AT LEAST ONE CHAMPIONSHIP AND GIVES HIS TEAMA CHANCE TO COMPETE EVERY YEAR.. PFF HE WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE HAKEEM OLAJUWON OF THE ORLANDO MAGIC,..

    NOW ASK YOURSELF, WHICH TEAM DID SHAQ PLAYED ON EMBRACES HIM LIKE THE ROCKETS EMBRACE OLAJUWON.

    WHO BY THE WAY HE WON 2 COMPARED TO SHAQ’S 4

    • Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!! says:

      Please put this message up after Dwight Howard win 2 championship, isn’t it all about the way players win? Shaq has 4 champs, dwight has non, period. All the rest of comparisons are unnesisaary

  28. gemini says:

    manny pacquiao likes howard to join the lakers team

  29. Seduccion says:

    Gasol is better than Dwight, I would like to see Gasol as the main star of a team, having 20+ shots per game. We would have a KG in his best times caliber player. His sacrifice playing his best years with a ballhog is enormous. He should leave LA and lead a team a pair of years, he still has basket for 2 more years.

    • Jones17 says:

      You are a f’kin moron. How well did Gasol do before joining said ‘ballhog’? Oh that’s right, hardly ever making the playoffs with ZERO championship rings…

  30. ZeroCircus says:

    D Will going to Orlando and Howard staying would be sick. If Howard did go, the Sixers would be out of this world with him.

  31. MarkPH says:

    Starter
    C-Dwight Howard
    PF-Kenyon Martin
    SF-Carmelo Anthony
    SG/PG- Iman Shumpert
    PG-Steve Nash
    Bench
    PF-Josh Harellson
    SF/PG- Bill Walker
    SG- Toney DOulas
    PG-Baron Davis

  32. Leon343 says:

    @Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!!
    you really call the magic fans selfish? you don’t know how it is to watch your franchise player walking away
    you have three all stars in your team and you don’t have enough?
    the only person who’s selfish is you!!!
    how about wade should leave miami because eight years are enough?
    do you like that?

    • Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!! says:

      First of all, I am not from Miami. You will just have to trust me on this one (why would I lie?) that I am Canadian and I am from Toronto. So fill yourself in on what happened to a certain player known as CB4 here and earlier a slam dunk champion by the name if Vince Carter.

    • Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!! says:

      Dwight Howard is perfect in Miami because the Heat lacks a big man.
      I believe if we all put our wishes together, that the miracle of the Fantast 4 of south beach will happen. So I would like all Dwight Howard supporters here to leave a message under “Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!!” name. Without multiple championships, what numbers you got, how dominant a player you are, how you are a leader, your personality, they all do not matter. Without multiple championship, no one can be considered a true great. So to all DH12 fans out there, unless you think DH12 has a better chance at winning multiple championship elsewhere, or not be considered a great at all, please shout this out: “Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!!”

  33. Radovan says:

    I think he should stay. They seem to have good team chemistry and if they step up and get serious, I don’t see a reason why they couldn’t go all the way.

  34. Dwight to TORONTOOOOOOOOOOO says:

    YESSSS. IT’S TRUEEEEEEEE

  35. John says:

    Too bad this clown has no heart.

  36. Lakers Fan says:

    Dwight is so desperate for the championship ring? then join the L.A Lakers I might say! I kinda agree with Eric Adrian 2004 & huynh.t.phu@gmail.com
    Dwight!, think carefully and make a decision wisely!

  37. JRizzle says:

    Going to be comedy IF Orlando dares him to leave because of the whole oh he’ll lose $30 million… If he goes to Dallas, LA or NJ he will make a lot of it up in endorsements. He may not make all of it up but it’s funny how these writers are making a big deal out of it. Pretty dumb if you ask me, obviously Howard already knew he would be getting less when he asked to be traded. Please feel free to see if he stays at the end of the season ..

  38. Random says:

    if howard wants to win, he should go to chicago, but if he wants money he should stay. in chicago, rose and howard would dominate

  39. NBEATZ says:

    ALSO, unless dwight gets that 2nd superstar like williams and a third “2nd tier” star as a third optios he will never get past Miami or the bulls in the East.

  40. meyer3309 says:

    From my understanding, Dwight has the opportunity at signing for a much better deal with Orlando once the season’s over, so while all of us Magic fans would love to see him commit to the Magic and sign now, it makes more sense for him to wait until the end of the season. So whether or not he plans to stay, he’s not going to sign until the end of the year anyway.

  41. Eric Adrian2004 says:

    Superman and Black Mamba?why not!!

  42. Eric Adrian2004 says:

    Follow what Shaq did a few years back..be with the Lakers and win a championship ring!

    • Ongpong says:

      Yeah Follow what Shaq did, go to the lakers there’s nothin wrong with that? win 3 championships with Kobe in L.A. after Kobe retires, leave L.A. go to miami and team up with (maybe Lebron is still there, give him his first and only championship), see 4 rings awaiting for you … then just be a journeyman get traded to phoenix, they may already have a Nash replacement at that time, then the Cavs next, since after those years of bottom dwelling they finally drafted the “next Lebron James” and He needs your help, after that go to the celtics, they probabaly have the new Big three again there. you should retire in the East because, the one who’ll replace you is drafted by Orlando… an emerging 6’10″ – 6’11″ defensive monster who wins back to back Defensive Player of the year awards and slam dunk championships… weeew talk about DeJavu all over again.

  43. Eric Adrian2004 says:

    Dwight should sign with the LAKERS,being with Kobe is one of the great dynamic duo!If he wants to win a championship ring?LAKERS is his team!

  44. NBEATZ says:

    Howard will the leader on ANY team he joins wheather he stays with the magic or goes eleswhere NETS anyone?????
    Howard needs a secondary star on the wing wheather it is Williams who is a free agent at the end of this year or another aging vet that has the ability to lead with out being “THE GUY”, some one like Ray allan anyone.
    Bring in some veteren big in to help guide Howard and the other bigs, someone with playoff expierence and Allstar ability, someone like Jermain O’neal, or a Juwan Howard, even a Jamal Maglore would help.
    Trade Nelson for someone like Raymond Felton, or Andre Miller, some one with PLayoff expierence and that can lead a team with Howard, when and if Williams is not on the floor, if he comes to Orlando. The wing players and the PF posistion is strong ennoff and the wing players with JJ, and richardson is also strong ennoff to hold down the fort. The 3 posistion is laking so a defencive player that can hit the three would be great, someone like Matt Barns or a josh Childress, or even a James Johnson from the Toronto raptors. (Look at his stats and what really impresses is the BPG with his limited time.

  45. Van Gundy said knock you out says:

    Let’s have a moment of silence for Gilbert Arenas. Thanks to Yosemite Sam being out of the fold, the Magic have a legit shot of luring in some B grade or even A- grade talent. And on a team that already has performed well and not even up to it’s potential I think it’s safe to say that with Otis slow playing this hand Orlando just may be picking up all the chips when this is said and done.

  46. Kating says:

    Magic will bring D Will this summer and howard will stay

  47. Steve says:

    Ok let’s calm down and not be silly. Dwight is not the best player to play in a Magic jersey, Shaq is!

    He may get there one day but not yet.

    There is no way Dwight now could match up with Shaq of 93 to 96.

    He is definitely Superman 2.0 but as we all know the original is always better.

  48. Portela says:

    He is leaving, make no mistake about it

  49. IN MELO I TRUST says:

    please trade amare and tyson chandler and a bench player to get dwight howard and either a 2nd round pick or ryan anderson

  50. walt williams says:

    Coming from a Sacramento fan…….go with the pacers.

  51. KaroLT says:

    i think the HAWKS is the best suit teaming up with JOSH SMITH n its gonna be rim defended with a wall… trade horford n hinrich…. TEAGUE is the future point guard……..

  52. Rich says:

    Haywood and Cardinal for Howard ! how boud dat, eh ? You can also take Odom for all I care.

  53. NBAIQ says:

    Orlando Magic shoud trade Dwight Howard for Andrew Bynum/Matt Barnes(D-12 is going to walk). If they want to unload Turkoglu they will have to take in Luke Walton and Metta World Peace(that could be worse). Dwight for Bynum is good but with Barnes it’s a little easier to swallow.

    Andrew Bynum is the #2 big man in the league and he’s proven himself in this condensed season. This just makes sense!

    • Rich says:

      Bynum may be number #2 big man in the league but a very far second, way far !

      • killin it says:

        Really? very far back? do you watch Bynum play? A player with a better offensive arsenal than d 12 who is quite capable of putting up dwightesque numbers as a now third option? IMO the only thing Howard only over Bynum is athleticism. something that only really helps when you’re trying to block someone or be flashy whilst dunking… And with the way Bynum is playing the Lakers would be stupid to trade him for anyone at the moment..

      • Jones17 says:

        Bynum may be a way behind Howard but Bynum is a better choice to Magic than NOTHING in return and keeping Hedo.

  54. Cess says:

    How many years before Jordan won his first championship???

    • Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!! says:

      I honestly don’t know, I only started watching basketball in 04-05. But I don’t see how that affects Dwight Howard, if you are in a organization that can’t put competitive players out there, wating is a waste of time.

  55. Wasabi Mcgruff says:

    if chauncey did not picked up by LAC, and went to orlando dwight would have stayed until chauncey retires

  56. Mike says:

    As a Mavericks fan I am hoping for Dallas to sign Native D-will and Howard in the offseason. We would have to Amnesty Haywood and shuffle some players around but it is definitely a possibility, I can see D-Will coming home for sure.

    • Rich says:

      I would like to see Dwight and Deron wear the Mavs uniform but please don’t release and of these players : Dirk, Terry, Kidd, Marion and Mahinmi.

  57. Gary Langston says:

    Deron Williams………………nuff said.

  58. Joe Doomars says:

    Dwight should come to the pistons…

    pg- stuckey
    sg- ben gordon
    c- d12
    pf- jerebko
    sf- prince…

    the best starting 5 since sliced bread!!!

    • NBEATZ says:

      WHAT????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • Jones17 says:

      Still a bad lineup…

      Prince is finished, Stuckey can’t shoot and isn’t a PG naturally, Gordon hasn’t been as good since his Bulls days and Jerebko is good but will never be better than Rashard Lewis was for the Magic.

  59. magicfanforlife says:

    dwight,just sign the piece of paper,please?

  60. Just_An_Opinion says:

    I’m a Magic and D12′s fan, I loved D12 to stay. But in case he leaves via trade I would love to see him in Wolves jersey beside Rubio and Williams. I think with the presence of D12 in Wolves they would rise immediately.

  61. The Orlando Magic are handling this Dwight Howard trade situation great aplomb. The waiting game is the right way to play this. At 12-5, the Magic are right where I predicted they would be at this point in the season (http://randomnbafan.com/12/20/2011/orlando-magic-2011-2012-game-by-game-predictions/) and so far they have not allowed Howard’s trade request to become a distraction.

    If they can continue to win games, it might be worth the risk to keep Howard and not trade him (especially if they believe that winning and performing well in the playoffs might be enough to convince him to stay). Yes it will be risky, but if they are winning and playing well, keeping the status quo might give them a chance at some real playoff success.

    But honestly, that is where the dilemma becomes even more problematic. If they continue to play well and hold on to Howard but falter in the playoffs, Howard is all but gone come July 1. Playoff success is the only thing that may convince him to stat.

    But if this Magic team, with Howard, can make a long playoff run it might become a little more difficult for Dwight to leave Orlando (the only place he has played professionally) and walk into a foreign and unknown situation with another franchise.

    • Ongpong says:

      Really? U think having a great record , a great run in the playoffs would make dwight stay? Oh yes, great idea no player would have leave their team, because they were no.1, and went into the 2nd round of the playoffs, a league MVP… (smiling already…. when… suddenly….) F8%k King Lebron did that to the Cavs… grrr ahhhhh it’s a nightmare again….

      • Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!! says:

        Tell me that lebron has a better chance in Clevland at winning than beside D-Wade and Chris bosh.

  62. Luis says:

    If I were the magic I would trade Howard for the “White Mamba” of the BULLS!!!!
    He has stepped his game up.

  63. Shahbaaz says:

    Dwight should go to the knicks. It works both ways. Orlando gets Amar’e and Chandler in return and Dwight gets to play with Carmelo. This will also make the knicks a player in the next years free agency as they get rid of the contracts of Amar’e and Chandler.

  64. somebody says:

    It’s hard for salary loaded teams to get Howard. One word – Hedo. This dump will probably come with dwight in any trade, and them two will take up a big chunk of any salary cap you have. With them two eating up your money, you can’t really surround them with legit good players, maybe you can try your luck with drafts or other role players, but you’ll have a hard time really ‘competing’.

    I guess either he goes to New Jersey(which will be quite foolish in my view, they won’t do anything but create a buzz with D-will and Dwight, but i guess nowadays that’s enough- aka Amare and Melo)

    Or he’ll just stay. I mean he obviously works well with Van(well enough at least) and he’s got some nice players around him.

  65. dougie says:

    Howard needs to take a trip up north. The Timberwolves need Dwight and he needs them.

  66. SYDALE says:

    If they let Dwight become a free agent, then he should come to the Sixers… We could amnesty Elton Brand then, push Spencer Hawes to the PF… we have the athletes that can run and defend with Dwight… and the shooting will improve because Dwight will draw double-teams…

    C- Dwight 6’11
    PF- Spence 7’0
    SF- Iggy 6’6
    SG- Meeks 6’4
    PG- Holiday 6’3

    Bench

    C/PF- Nikola Vucevic
    SF/PF- Thaddeus Young
    SG- Evan Turner
    PG/SG- Lou Williams

    • well I'll be says:

      wheww! thats a squad right there.

    • normstah says:

      Ooh that actually sounds pretty good right now!

      • A says:

        What about Dwight to Grizzlies for Marc Gasol, draft picks and maybe another player.

        C -Dwight
        PF – Z-Bo (These two at the backcourt would be dominant as both will draw double teams allowing Dwight to pound inside easily or Z-Bo to get an open shot
        SF – Rudy Gay, Basically an allstar forward, he’ll score play defense etc. etc. good compliment with the backcourt for and inside out game that is way more sophisticated than when Orlando was at its peak.
        SG – Tony Allen, he’ll play defense hit those tough shots and be a role player
        PG – Mike Conley, very undderated point guard and has the abilities to do everything.
        Then a bench led by OJ mayo and Co can play quick fast and cut through oppositions. This bench can easily be upgraded during the off season.

        All in all a very defensive team but can play amazing offense. The boards will be owned and shots will be blocked. With perimeter defense led by Allen and with Dwight and Z-Bo controlling the inside this team will be unstopable and this coming here from a Lakers fan.

        Dwight to Memphis to get rid of LeChoke

  67. yimanseisj says:

    Oh yea, we’ll give you howard for brian scalabrine, how about that? Idiot, don’t ask for deng? If Howard comes to chicago, deng, Noah, Gibson, Korver and on their way out to Orlando. We could get a better deal with the knicks, Amare, Chandler, Fields and Shumpert for Howard and Hedo Turk. So, the bulls will have derek and howard but they ain’t going to contend for a title because we ll take half of their team. Who do you think the bulls gonna give up rip and scalabrine for howard? Getta outta here.

    • Inkwell says:

      My thoughts exactly.

      • Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!! says:

        Let me ask you, Inkwell, you seemed to follow the DH talks, where do you think he should land? You object orlando, LA, Miami, Mavs, now bulls, you think he should retire after this season or something?

    • Got Me Laughin.. says:

      Bulls don’t need him bro..lol. There may be an interest, but I doubt very seriously they (Bulls) are willing to dismantle an already championship contending team for just Howard.

      • BigZo33 says:

        Agreed, Bulls do not need Howard at all. They have a great young squad with good bench depth, an MVP point guard and a strong defender and rebounder in Noah.

  68. charles says:

    You can’t get anything back even remotely equalling Howard in a trade. So don’t do it. Raise standards and ask his teammates to convince him to stay by playing out of their freaking minds. Anderson is already doing that. Turkolu is an exceptional all around player and needs to raise his game. Richardson must do the same and so does nelson. They have the makings of a championship team. Why go to a mountain if you’re standing on the top of the highest one?????

  69. Leto says:

    In my mind, there’s only one place Howard could go and have a legitimate case for going there (winning). That team is Chicago. Unlike the Lakers and Dallas, they’re young and will be contending for a long long time. How many seasons will Howard have with Kobe before he is in full on decline? 3? How about with Dirk in Dallas? Derrick Rose is 23 years old. That’s 8-10 years of contention. New Jersey? They are not close to contending with or with out D Will. And, the Bulls have several ways to go about getting him. If Howard agrees to sign with them, they could use their amnesty provision on Boozer and then salary dump Hamilton’s contract using picks and maybe Jimmy Butler as sweetner and that should get them there. Or, they can trade one of Boozer or Noah and one of Asik or Gibson along with the rights to Mirotic, Jimmy Butler, CHA 1st round pick, CHI 1st round picks 2012-2014. That keeps their team in good shape and still sends a starting front court and a boat load of young players and picks. Do not expect Chicago to send Deng. They do not have to and probably will not. They are already on the precipice of a championship and I doubt they will obliterate their team to acquire Howard.

    • Rick says:

      you make a valid point, just dont forget orlando will probably require them to take hedo’s loaded contract as well so that might make things a little more difficult.

      • Celtics says:

        I ‘think’ Leto was referring to Dwight signing with Chicago as a free agent, as the article was more or less saying the Magic aren’t going to trade him. Which means it wouldn’t matter what Orlando would want to do with Hedo.

    • Inkwell says:

      This is laughable drivel. The amount of players the Bulls would have to trade to get Howard would leave Chicago in a state where they won’t be able to compete for a championship.

      Keep dreaming.

      • Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!! says:

        To all owners out there: Orlando is bluffing with all the Hedo unload or asking for trade pieces talks. No team should give up half their team for Dwight. If I were a owner on any team, I will not even mention any of my starter to send to orlando, all I would offer is bench players and try to convince Dwight that my team is good and able to contend for a long time. Orlando Magics will have two options at the end of the trade deadline, trade him for just a few bench player and draft picks, or pull off a miracle in bring one superstar or two all stars to orlando and make howard sign an extension. There is no point crippling your team over a man who will walk as an unrestricted free agent next summer. Even if doing that makes your team slightly better, it is completely unnessisary.

  70. eLone says:

    This “$30M” is quite a bit misconstrued. That’s only because of the 5th guaranteed year as opposed to the 4 available to him if he leaves the Magic at the end of the year. It’s really more like ~$4M lost over the course of 4 years and then he’ll have an opportunity to extend that contract or sign a new one.

    • Mjp says:

      Its still alot of money to leave. 4 per season as u say and thay 5th year of over 15 million is a ton to leave out there. 30 is just the lump sum.

    • imad akel says:

      big man like Howard, already 7 years into his career. Yeah he’s super healthy now but you never know what may happen.
      risky to lose all that 5th year money…
      And 4M a year ain’t cheap to start with…

  71. prix says:

    Dwight don´t need to leave…just trade Nelson and Richardson for some great defensive mentality players..Felton could probably make a difference there alongside with Lamar Odom…with a lot of experience in the finals..bring Petrius back…

    • Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!! says:

      He should absolutly leave, you selfish Magics fan. Isn’t wasting 7 years of a great athelete’s life enough? and now you want more?

      • I doubt he wants to follow Lebron’s sorry way to a ‘ship. That’s D-Wade’s team and Dwight will not follow to be anyones secondary. Hopefully you’re from Miami so we can send an invitation to the parade this June in Orlando!

      • Rob K says:

        7 years of waste??? Really…?? 5 years of continous playoff appearance, 2 times in the easter finals and just a couple years ago in the NBA finals is a waste??? Dude, wake up!! It’s not that easy to win the championship in the NBA and the Magic has been so close to it! You gotta be kidding me making that statement! With a few tweaks the Magic has just as much chance (or even more) to win with Howard than if he’d go to any of the few other contending teams!

      • Antonio says:

        Are you joking how are his years a waste. He has been to the finals which is more than 90% of the nba can say. Plus he actually played well in the finals. Lebron has been there twice and been disgraceful both times. Think before you talk.

      • A says:

        What about Dwight to Grizzlies for Marc Gasol, draft picks and maybe another player.

        C -Dwight
        PF – Z-Bo (These two at the backcourt would be dominant as both will draw double teams allowing Dwight to pound inside easily or Z-Bo to get an open shot
        SF – Rudy Gay, Basically an allstar forward, he’ll score play defense etc. etc. good compliment with the backcourt for and inside out game that is way more sophisticated than when Orlando was at its peak.
        SG – Tony Allen, he’ll play defense hit those tough shots and be a role player
        PG – Mike Conley, very undderated point guard and has the abilities to do everything.
        Then a bench led by OJ mayo and Co can play quick fast and cut through oppositions. This bench can easily be upgraded during the off season.

        All in all a very defensive team but can play amazing offense. The boards will be owned and shots will be blocked. With perimeter defense led by Allen and with Dwight and Z-Bo controlling the inside this team will be unstopable and this coming here from a Lakers fan.

        Dwight to Memphis to get rid of LeChoke

      • Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!! says:

        Yes, try not to argue with me, that 7 years is a waste. Even that year when he went to the final, very few gave orlando a chance at beating the lakers. Even I, as a laker hater, routed for the lakers that year because Orlando just didn’t stand a chance, and I was right. Although 90% of the nba would consider going to the finals a honor, dwight was not part of that 90%. He is that top 10% and the best center in the league, so the bar should be higher for him. For a player his caliber, it is ring or bust, that is the level he is playing at. This is what I like about Miami Heat, the rescued Lebron and Bosh from getting wasted by Clevland and Toronto (im from toronto, by the way) and Made a true contender that people actually gave them a chance at winning. Although they came up short last season, the atmosphere is complete diffrent when dwight howard played the laker in the finals. Maybe “more evenly matched” is the way to describe it.

      • LOL says:

        @Antonio

        You have no idea what your talking about. Lebron played great in the 2007 NBA finals. He took a a Cavs team full of scrubs there and they were not able to compete. Not him. I’m pretty sure you win as a team and lose as a team.

      • Dwight Howard to Miami Heat!!! says:

        @LOL
        That is why DH12 should come to miami and make the team better even if he might not look as good individually on paper.

    • huynh.t.phu@gmail.com says:

      Dwight should come to the Lakers. Talk about the future. The Lakers always have the championship mind and will always find good players to surround Dwight, and they’re one of the few teams that has a big ATM! He will be a perfect dou with Kobe, who’s trying hard to get another championship ring so he can compare with MJ, thus, they’ll have the same purpose. When Kobe retires, it’ll be Dwight’s team. Living in the Hollywood, Dwight will get many endorsements that make up for whatever money the costs him for leaving Orlando, if not more. Only good players with championship rings are well remembered, Dwight deserves this.

      • David says:

        But does howard want to take the same route as SHAQ as he left Magic for the Lakers… I dont really think he would coz he would be considered copying shaqs footsteps…

    • Bill says:

      Who will they trade so they get that great defensive mentality? Dream on about getting Odom and also having Petrius back.