Even Friends Can Only Guess On Dwight

Because Dwight Howard remains very much in play as a looming NBA free agent (come next July) and trade target (on the clock right now), his future whereabouts will continue to drive speculation and media content. Until he lands somewhere and inks a fresh contract to stay put for the next four or five years.

In the meantime, we all can connect the dots around Howard and various destinations, weighing whatever tangibles or intangibles exist or might matter at the time. Climate, maybe. Or market size. Or show-biz opportunities. Or coach. Or a hundred other things that might matter when the presumably-soon-to-be-former Orlando center settles in somewhere new (unless of course those don’t matter at all and he doesn’t).

Relationships with his teammates and Howard’s personal roots in Atlanta were the factors that drove Alex Kennedy’s piece for Hoopsworld, with Kennedy noting the big man’s friendliness with Hawks forward Josh Smith and newly acquired swingman Anthony Morrow. That and the childhood Howard logged there.

Howard grew up in Atlanta and many of his relatives still reside in Georgia. He developed into one of the best high school players in recent memory at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, where he averaged 25 points, 18 rebounds, 8 blocks and 3.5 assists and led the team to the Class A state championship during his senior season. Howard was named Georgia’s Mr. Basketball in 2004, and he still spends some time in Atlanta during the offseason and his foundation occasionally holds events in the region.

Not only do the Hawks have the cap space and hometown ties to recruit Howard, they also have two of his closest friends on their roster. Josh Smith and Anthony Morrow have known Howard for years and they could help the Hawks lure the big man next summer.

Smith, who also grew up in Atlanta, has known Howard since preschool. They joke that they’ve been balling together since they were in diapers. The two boys remained friends as they completed grade after grade and started developing into the physical specimens we see today. They formed one of the best AAU duos in the nation and talked about someday playing together in the NBA. When Smith got married two years ago, Howard was the best man in his wedding. Smith admits that he would love to reunite with Howard in Atlanta.

“Who wouldn’t want a guy like that on your team?” Smith said of Howard when HOOPSWORLD caught up with him in Las Vegas. “He’s the best big man in the league. I’d love to have him. Who wouldn’t? He’s the most dominant big in the game right now.

“We do have a lot of money coming off the books, especially after this year. I don’t know what the plans are. I guess every team that’s unloading money, the media thinks they’re targeting Dwight.”

Smith said that if Howard were to join the Hawks, it’d be “icing on the cake.”

The tricky part is, what Smith and Morrow (who considers Atlanta his second home after four years at George Tech, during which he too became a fixture on the basketball scene there) actually say is little different from what players all over the NBA say about Howard.

Said Morrow: “With me and Josh having a relationship with Dwight, it’s a possibility. It’s always a possibility, but that’s something that they’ll have to take care of upstairs.”

In other words, any team that will have the cap space needed to fit in Howard’s max salary and isn’t located in one of his forbidden zones (at which we can only guess) could say the exact same thing.

Eventually what will matter in this soap opera is the words and wishes that come out of Howard’s mouth, not stuff said by his friends, his family or any other folks near his hometown or anywhere else.

67 Comments

  1. KAZAM says:

    HISTORY DID NOT REPEAT ITSELF BRO, HOWARD GOT TO LA LA LAND BECAUSE OF A TRADE,
    SHAQ GOT TO L.A. BECAUSE HE SIGNED WITH THE LAKERS NOT WITH A TRADE, STILL HOWARD WONT SIGN A CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH THE LAKERS,
    *THE BIGGEST WINNER I THINK IS THE SIXERS ( BYNUM, J. RICH )

  2. Glosh says:

    Come on guys lets stop commenting on lbj’s comments, Lets just ignore the kid :)

  3. ZYKEZ says:

    HISTORY HAS A STRANGE WAY OF REPEATING ITSELF …. JUST LIKE SHAQ DID BACK IN THE OLD DAYS :D

  4. Chilen says:

    I’ve been a fan of the Atlanta Hawks for over 20 years now and I don’t even want that dirtbag Howard on our team. I’d rather finish with a lottery pick for the next 5 to 7 years than to have him come play for us.

    Howard acts like a spoiled little bitch.

  5. NBA FAN says:

    Look everyone D. Howard is going to Brooklyn Nets by January or in February the for Lopez. D. Howard is going to stay in Brooklyn for the rest of the season. Then in the off-season either he resign with Brooklyn nets again or he will sign with either heats, lakers, or hawks.

  6. NY Fan says:

    I love the knicks and Brooklyn Nets and neither team needs Howard and would be worse if they aquired Howard.

    Howard should go to a team like Dallas where they already have a lot of offense but need Defense. Howard Struggles in the Offensive end, is a bad free throw shooter and although he scores ” 20 points” commits lots of turnovers and is a bad field go percentage and needs 25 shots or more to score 20 points is not efficent.

    Yes howard is a good rebounder and blocker but thats about it, when Howard tries to dominant on offensive end they just lose because of all his missed easy lay out and missed hook shots and free throws which is no excuse to be 2-10 and lost one game I remember .

  7. KAZAM says:

    *HOWARD AND SMITH DUO IS NICE, BUT THEY WOULD NOT WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP.
    *HOWARD GOING TO THE LAKERS? WONT HAPPEN. BYNUM IS NOT WILLING TO SIGN AN EXTENSION WITH THE MAGIC, AND HOWARD DOESNT WANT TO BE COMPARED WITH SHAQ LEAVING D’ MAGIC FOR D’ LAKERS.
    *HOWARD GOING TO THE THUNDER? POSSIBLE ( VIA TRADE: IBAKA, HARDEN, PERKINS )
    *I’AM A HEAT FAN, BUT HOWARD GOING TO MIAMI? DUE TO SALARY CAP VERY MUCH NOT ENOUGH, UNLESS HE WANTS TO SIGN WITH THE HEAT FOR 2 MILLION DOLLARS (LOL)
    *TO BOSTON? NEHHHHH
    *TO CHICAGO? MAYBE ( VIA TRADE: NOAH, GIBSON )
    *ORLANDO: THE BIGGEST LOOSER IF THEY DONT TRADE HIM QUICKLY

  8. flip says:

    @LBJFAN4LYFE and lbj
    stop posting these retarded scenarios. fckn retards

  9. Thinkbeforeyoupost says:

    Howard wants a new contract. He will leave Orlando as Shaq did. I’m sorry for Orlando fans because they will not get anything out of this.

  10. KG5 says:

    BOSTON CELTICS:
    PG: THE STEEL RONDO
    SG:THE BIRDMAN TERRY
    SF;THE TRUTH
    PF: THE BIG TICKET KG
    C: SUPERMAN HOWARD

  11. daniel singfield says:

    dh atl all day

  12. Mike says:

    Dwight has got to be the dumbest star in the league. He got himself stuck in Orlando by agreeing to stay with the team for another year… why would you do that, if you want to leave so badly ??? He’s dumb, plain and simple.

  13. Wade says:

    If these comments do get screened?? can you stop LBJ from making his retarded comments and ban him

  14. Monster says:

    LOL @ LBJ and the Real LBJ

  15. BORELANDO says:

    Dwight Howard to the Bobcats!!!!!

  16. lachie says:

    I don’t know who I’m more disappointed in, these writers for desperately trying to make a Dwight Howard story out of nothing, or myself because I keep reading them.

  17. MVP says:

    LBJ….you are the biggest troll in history of ball blogging. Lmao kudos brother.

  18. J-Short says:

    I dont know though for the up temp style that Nash needs to have to flourish Smith might be a better fit than Pau, but Pau’s gigantic contract is an issue and we would need more than just Smith in the trade, a third team might be needed to add a shooter that we deperately need. All I saw last year was our bigs lugging along while other teams ran circles around them and fronted them like speedy gonzales!! Again we have Nash but we need to compliment him a little more Jamison was a solid pick up, and Hill can keep up but we have no consistant thre point threats to keep the floor spaced, but if we can land M Pietrus (if hes available still) that would be great. We let CJ Miles go but it was a money thing, and now I heard rumors about us seeking Barbosa whcih woul not be bad considering he played with Nash in PHX. Smith would be a welcomed site in my opinoin but it mostlikely wont happen considering money issues.

  19. Ggg says:

    @chris ur an idiot smith isn’t getting traded for gasoline first of all it’s a bad trade second it’s a stupid rumor created by idiots
    Third hawks talked smith into an extension so stop saying that

  20. dealuser says:

    I think Superman will go to the Lakers.

  21. J-Short says:

    NBA Fam i think that no matter where Howard lands a team has to think that this guy just may leave and plan for the worse. reallistically if he is trying to win a championship then Atlanta aint the place for he next 2 years. Unless they pull off more high profile trades to get better players to place with Smith and Howard. Teauge is good as a backup but they need a lot more pieces i think to entice Howard. I can see LA/Dallas /or Brooklyn. Mia would not be willing to give up what the magic would want in return for a Howard deal.

    Laker Fan since 87′

  22. just howard says:

    just pick a team!!! here’s some logic about nba fans eye and mind. LAKERS = oh yeah another ring for kobe courtesy of nash and him ( if he goes to LAL ), MIAMI = another desperate one who wants a Ring ( higher chance for him to get his 1st ring ), BROOKLYN = championship contender for the east, ROCKETS = welcome to a team that asians were always there star, finally after yao’s departure in houston, probably him and lin can make houston be again a contender for the west. OKLAHOMA = aleast not all will hate him if he goes to OKC, unlike if he goes to Miami, LOL. get ready for the pizza rolls meme dwight. LOL. ATLANTA = like brooklyn, and houston, just another contender. not totatlly a team for finals. ORLANDO = nba troll level : dwight howard, one of the biggest jokes in history of nba. making noises and rumors of being trade to many teams like LAL HOUSTON etc. after all, he’s still in ORL.

  23. LBJFAN4LYFE says:

    WE ALL KNOW CHRIS PAUL IS COMING TO MIAMI BECAUSE HE ISNT SIGNING THAT EXTENSION WITH THE CLIPS. WE ALL KNOW THAT DWIGHT HOWARD IS COMING TO MIAMI TOO.

    PG CHRIS PAUL
    SG DWAYNDE WADE
    SF THE KING LEBRON JAMES
    PF CHRIS BOSH
    C DWIGHT HOWARD

    6th MAN OF THE YEAR JUWAN HOWARD, RASHARD LEWIS, RAY ALLEN

    ITS DONE

    • lbj says:

      nice try but the roster will be like this

      PG: Wade
      SG: Allen
      SF: James
      PF: Bosh
      C: Howard

      Most improved player: Juwan the main man Howard

  24. TTKIN says:

    I cannot express in words how hard I will laugh if Howard ends up staying in Orlando.

  25. Andrew Millis says:

    If Dwight Howard lands with Atlanta I wouldn’t be surprised. That’s probably why the Hawks traded thier Captain & best player in Joe Johnson & then wing-man Marvin Williams, to make cap space for Dwight. But my question is how would that work between their center rotation? Having Dwight & Al Horford. Will the Hawls move Horford down to the 4 slot & Josh Smith down to the 3? Either way if Dwight does land with Atlanta the Hawks will have to find a way to work it out. Maybe even trading Al Horford away for a stand-out point guard.

    • Telcontar says:

      its quite simple, you get howard and josh smith, you don’t keep horford, you trade him for a 2 or a 3 while keeping teague at the 1

  26. the real LBJ says:

    Common dwight stop them from guessing. We all know that you will be headed with Miami in exchange to haslem,anthony and future round picks. you want to get a ring right? you need to play with the king “LeBron”

    PG: Wade
    SG: Allen
    SF: James
    PF: Bosh
    C: Howard

    6th man: Battier
    Strong Reserve: Chalmers, Lewis, Cole, Miller and veteran Juwan Howard.

  27. blajh says:

    Wow.. With Howard an Smith united, that would be domination in the paint.. Hope to see that happen next summer.

    • lbj says:

      it will be more dominated if he will go to Miami Howard and Bosh plus the King 9 rebs per game

  28. the gamer says:

    howerd to celtics sign and trae jeff green paul pierce and first round pics for jason richardson and howerd

  29. lbj says:

    Common dwight stop them from guessing. We all know that you will be headed with Miami in exchange to haslem,anthony and future round picks. you want to get a ring right? you need to play with the king “LeBron”

    PG: Wade
    SG: Allen
    SF: James
    PF: Bosh
    C: Howard

    6th man: Battier
    Strong Reserve: Chalmers, Lewis, Cole, Miller and veteran Juwan Howard.

  30. Danny5424 says:

    It would be the greatest thing if the Lakers can find a deal by getting Josh Smith and letting go of Pau…..The only problem is Kobe wants Pau instead…….And if the Lakers get their hands on Josh Smith that means DWIGHT is more interested in the Lakers……And if they go succesful this season DWIGHT will make a decision to stay with the Lakers and not leave to free agency……but it all starts with Kobe letting go of Pau and what he said a few weeks ago: “We are like a packaged deal. If I’m staying, he’s staying.”

  31. lilsi says:

    with the “howard to miami” idea, commissioner stern wouldnt let it happen like cp3 to lakers. plus with that team there would be no point for the nba

  32. Krishawn says:

    …gettin old now

  33. Nuerdo says:

    nash – bynum or nash – howard?

  34. DH says:

    lbj stop spamming you post on every topic it’s freaking annoying, it’s really unlikely that DH will go to heat.

  35. John Ashton says:

    stop smoking scott!

  36. lbj says:

    Common dwight stop them from guessing. We all know that you will be headed with Miami in exchange to haslem,anthony and future round picks. you want to get a ring right? you need to play with the king “LeBron”

    PG: Wade
    SG: Allen
    SF: James
    PF: Bosh
    C: Howard

    6th man: Battier
    Strong Reserve: Chalmers, Lewis, Cole, Miller and veteran Juwan Howard.

    • rich says:

      hey El B.J. , you forgot to include Turiaf in the deal, lol !

      • lbj says:

        turiaf already traded to clippers for 3 future round picks to Miami

      • Dirko says:

        Common dwight stop them from guessing. We all know that you will be headed with Miami in exchange to haslem,anthony and future round picks. you want to get a ring right? you need to play with the king “LeBron”

        PG: Wade
        SG: Allen
        SF: James
        PF: Bosh
        C: Howard

        6th man: Battier
        Strong Reserve: Chalmers, Lewis, Cole, Miller and veteran Juwan Howard.

    • lbj that false Heat never traded Ronny. Ronny sign with Clips there was no sign and trade deal plus if haslem, anthony, picks are going away mario, shane, Bosh, and Hamilton are going to orlando too.

    • BogieMan says:

      Thats a great scenario, whilst we are dreaming, we shulduse that time machine parked in the garage, go back and pick 1990′s MJ up and get him to play for the 2013 Heat…. for free!

  37. Go Celtics says:

    I hope that Dwight Howard goes to Atlanta because I would hate to see him go to LAL

  38. Orlando if you are reading this you have 10 teams that you can trade howard to Lakers, Celtics, Nets, Pistons, Pacers, Nuggets, Thunder, Bulls, Rockets (rockets have the best deal out of all teams Royce, Jones, Lamb, Donatas, picks come on best deal of history in all major sports) and Wizards.

  39. laker joe says:

    thats crazy. that would be amare and melo al over agin they would just get in each others way dewight need a pf that gives him space not take it away

  40. sam says:

    waiting for user: lbj to comment and talk about trading howard to the heat for haslam… etc

  41. Orlando better move howard as fast as they can or they will just like the time when the most powerful center shaq left orlando.

  42. scott the magician says:

    That’d be a good spot, get a point and a new 2 man!!! OOOORRRR
    he could go play with mamba and win 3 titles!!!

    • lbj says:

      Common dwight stop them from guessing. We all know that you will be headed with Miami in exchange to haslem,anthony and future round picks. you want to get a ring right? you need to play with the king “LeBron”

      PG: Wade
      SG: Allen
      SF: James
      PF: Bosh
      C: Howard

      6th man: Battier
      Strong Reserve: Chalmers, Lewis, Cole, Miller and veteran Juwan Howard

      • lakers fan says:

        your crazy im a lakers fan and i feel there is little chance of us giving bynum for howard think about it lbj the heat just won a championship so they won’t get great draft picks seriously hasleem and anthony i think the magic would much rather get bynum
        than that piece of crud package that you offered

      • Rob K says:

        LBJ… Dude!!!! Stop posting the same retarded unbelievable, undoable, impossible “trade scenario” of yours!!!! Come up with something new or you’ll go down in history as the world’s dumbest idiot!!!!

      • T-ROB says:

        lbj seriously dude!!!!u should be banned from even thinkin bball idiot

      • veterans says:

        actually lbj idea somewhat impossible but there is a possibility if they traded haslem,anthony and future round picks. you may also add other bench players who only play a minute per game

      • TTKIN says:

        Thank God Im not the only one who hates this dude. Please understand the concept of salary cap before coming back. Please man. Please! Do it for all the NBA fans out there who feel like thrashing their wrists whenever they see your screen name!

      • King Chaos says:

        Stop posting the same comment it is driving me insane!

      • Slider821 says:

        This troll doesn’t even have to work hard and ya’ll still fed him. Don’t feed the troll and he’ll go away, whether his name is lbj or prix.

      • heatCHAMPS2012 says:

        troll???? … wish dwight howard… would stay in orlando

      • Shepdogg25 says:

        LMBO!!! did u just list Juwan Howard as a strong reserve???

    • chris says:

      yea the lakers should trade gasol for smith and bynum for howard

    • rynO says:

      ooorrrrrrrr…. u could keep on dreaming…

    • RJ3 says:

      PG Steve Nash
      SG black mamba
      SF Meta Wordl Peace
      PF Pau Gasol
      C DH12

      thats three championships right there baby

      • big nba fan says:

        damnit man u thinkin of something indistructable i mean u got there the 2 time mvp great PG u got the mamba no words for him u all already know him u got meta great defender pau and dh12 damn man that would be allstar team… sounds impossible to me i’d like to know what others think