Warriors Dropping Out Of Howard Sweepstakes





OAKLAND – The Warriors, willing to take the risk of trading for Dwight Howard for 2011-12 even without an assurance of having him for more than one season, are not expected to resume pursuit after the superstar center told the Magic he wants to be dealt, Golden State owner Joe Lacob said Monday.

“I doubt it,” Lacob told NBA.com at the gathering to introduce rookies Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green. “I never say never. But we have somebody called Andrew Bogut. He is, in our opinion, one of the three best centers in the whole NBA, and in most people’s opinion. And he wants to be here and is a great fit. We think we have a really nice nucleus now going forward.”

That somebody is the obvious difference. A year ago, they were looking at Andris Biedrins as the possible starter, even by attrition after new coach Mark Jackson said at the time, “The bottom line is, he’s our only legit center on this basketball team.” Bogut was acquired from the Bucks in March, and though he is recovering from a broken left ankle he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, the Warriors report.

They don’t need to take the risk now. There’s already a talented center in place now, who, as Lacob pointedly noted, “wants to be here.”

The Warriors’ recent moves seem to back up the lack of interest in pursuing Howard. They used the last pick of the first round, obtained from the Spurs in the Stephen Jackson deal, on Vanderbilt product Ezeli, who along with returning players Bogut and Biedrins gives the Warriors three centers. A fourth option, Jeremy Tyler, is expected to be used more at power forward.

Using the seventh pick on Barnes and No. 35 on Green addresses their hope for an upgrade at small forward, and the team hopes to re-sign free-agent wing Brandon Rush. Next, they hope to add depth at power forward (Reggie Evans and Shelden Williams are possibles) and/or point guard.

“We’ve got pretty much what we want in place,” Lacob said in the first days of what he predicted will be a relatively quiet offseason for Golden State. “We’re in the free-agency market. First of all, we want to keep Brandon Rush. Then there’s a couple of pieces that we’re looking at for supplementing the roster.”

25 Comments

  1. MagiCxHoward says:

    howard is the besat center in the league whether u like him or not. he proves it on the court

  2. Celtic fan says:

    the word loyalty fell out of the vocabulary in the NBA ever since the DECISION EVERY PLAYER WANTS TO BE IN A CONTENDER…. ITS NOT ABOUT UR TEAM MATES .. ITS ALL ABOUT UR CHEMISTRY WITH EM LOOK AT MELO FOR EXAMPLE … IF HE WOULD HAVE STAYED IN DENVER WHO KNOWS WHAT WOULD HAPPENED BUT IM SURE IT WOULD’VE BEEN BETTER THAN THE LAST TWO SEASONS IN NY .. AND IM HAPPY FOR LBJ BUT 1 IN CLEVELAND WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER THAN NOT 6 NOT SEVEN IN MIAMI………. WHERE ARE THE TIM DUNCAN DIRK PIERCE KIND OF GUYS .. LOYALTY PPL LOYALTY ..

    • Rothadon says:

      Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce and Dirk got the help they needed to win. LBJ front office gave him Antawn jamison instead of Amare Stoudemire. If i were LBJ i would have left too and he was a free agent. Congratz LBj on winning your ring. Loyalty is used too loosely now a days. Big ups to King James sittin on the throne.

  3. rynocarp says:

    Um but Andrew Bogut is made out of styrofoam. Great guy, great player- but very very injury prone. His arm will never be the same, always had back issues, his recurring migraines kept him out of many games, now his ankles- good luck Warriors.

  4. reh says:

    bynum>bogut>howard

  5. leggomymelo says:

    Bogut, top 3 center in the league? If DeMarcus Cousins didnt act the way he did, a lot more people would agree that he is probably the third best C in the league, production wise. If Bogut is healthy and can return to his 15 and 12 form, ill give him 4th, maybe.

  6. Adeyemi says:

    I didnt know Festus Ezeli was actually that Good, the Warrios are nice for next season.

    http://nigerian-basketball.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/2012-nba-draft-festus-ezeli-nothing-is.html

  7. Eddie says:

    I’m liking the look of Warriors for next season. I think they could be a really exciting team! Curry, thompson, Barnes, Lee & Bogut sounds pretty good to me. Needs some depth but could definately be in with a shout of 8th place in the west.

  8. Bob says:

    Well, I’ll take Howard over Bogut anyday and everyday. Howard s digging a pretty big hole for himself, but if he gets to a decent team, I think he will settle down and start acting like one of the greatest players of all time. In my mind, I see him going to free agency next year and signing with the Heat or the Thunder just come in your house and mutilate you. He seems like a nice guy, but he is deep in the ground now. I expect him to rise again and dominate. (I think he will be especially pissed at the Nets.

    • robbo from melbourne says:

      sign with heat or miami? what for 1 million a year? do u have any idea about basketball and salary caps?

    • Adam says:

      Of course Howard is better but why strip down the roster when you already have a decent big?

  9. wooderson says:

    having the two best centres on earth on the same team? never was going to happen

  10. studentogame says:

    It was never about loyalty or wanting to be on a winning team for Dwight in the whole trade situation it was about trying to find an excuse…any excuse to leave for big market N.J. and the promised big shoe contract without him looking bad or “ruining his brand”. But the more he and his agent spun the situation the deeper in the hole they got. Great talent, but low character. Oh and p.s….his back is fine by seasons start, this is just the newest rumour his camp is floating out to discourage any team other than N.J. to deal with Orlando. Very sad indeed!

  11. Lakers-R-Us says:

    @ helloo! Where do you get 25 pts, 20 rebound stats for Dwight Howard? Try 20 pts, 14 rebounds! I would say know your stats before you quote them!

  12. james says:

    who needs a center that our smallest player can dunk on!

  13. TTKIN says:

    It’s sad, but thanks to guys like Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard, guys who begged their way out of their small market clubs, there are going to be 5 words every owner has to mutter whenever they talk about a player, “he wants to be here”. Very sad that we have come to a point where the guys make almost 20 million per year and the owner still has to worry about him wanting to be there.

  14. Cord says:

    They should have been more aggressive with chasing Hibbert than Howard

  15. chris says:

    The Magic screwed up royally not trading him early last year. What team that has anything worth trading would take the risk now?

    • helloo says:

      agreed…. but remember Howad at that time was still a fans favorite (he brought the fans in their seats)… he was aslo healthy and played out of his mind!!! you dont just trade 25pt 20 reb and 5 bl once in a lifetime kinda guys … I bet if the Magic knew that this was going to happen, they prob still wouldnt have trade him becasue of the pull his talents create…. its NBA equvilant to a godly beutiful woman that you know you can only have for a year and then she will leave you!! other woman cannot compare so you keep her as long as you can!!

      • Courtney says:

        lol sorta like kim kardashian and kris humphries huh??? beautiful girl keep her for a year to say you did it? right? wth is wrong with the world. smhfor Golden state it makes no sense to even think about this…it will not make them a contender and he will not sign an extension…this makes for a stupid conversation

      • TJ says:

        The relationshipt metaphor is quite apt, but I think of it more as D12 being a drama queen & Orlando being the guy that refuses to set ground rules & have the self-respect to demand to be treated with respect. Firing Smith & Van Gundy for Dwight was the equivalent of ditching your friends because your girl thinks they’re “a bit weird”. The Magic should have realised years ago that it’s about the team – not just one player – and they needed to realise that they can win without him by trading him for other players. Orlando needs some self-respect.

  16. Robert says:

    Dwight Howard might actually be a good fit in Golden State conceptually. Golden State has a lot of outside shooting, they could use a low post presence like Howard. However, it definitely isn’t worth the risk. Howard has proven to be immature and a bit of a diva, not to mention he has back problems now. Golden State can compete for a playoff seed as they are composed now if Bogut and other key players stay healthy.