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Magic GM Otis Smith open to trading Dwight Howard

Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 4:22 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverotis-smith-dwight-howard

A new NBA season has apparently brought a new approach to managing the future of franchise center Dwight Howard for Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith.

After months of proclaiming that the Magic would not trade Howard under any circumstances, Smith reversed course on Wednesday in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel
“I think you have to look at everything,” Smith told the Orlando Sentinel when he was asked if he'd consider trading Howard.

“I don’t think you can take anything out of consideration. I think, one, you have to talk to your player first. We have to figure out where his head is, not where everyone thinks his head is, and just more figure out where he wants to be. And then you have to make the best decision of what’s in the best interests of the franchise. That’s how I’ve always went about it: to make the best decision that’s in the best interests of the Orlando Magic."
By this point, NBA observers can read through the phrasing without even squinting to get between the lines. 

As we've learned time and again over the last few years in free agency, "take a look at everything" is the magic code phrase to fellow GMs. Translated it means: "Call me with something to look at." The phrase "talk to your players first" translates to "we will give it all we've got but we admit it might not be enough."  And, of course, the phrase "best interests of the team" translates to "we aren't leaving this process empty-handed."

As recently as last April, Smith told the Orlando Sentinel that the team was taking a firm no-trade stance on Howard.

"The answer will be the same as it always is: No."

Obviously, it's impossible to "look at everything" if you hang up the phone immediately.

This development is not all that surprising. Howard spent the lockout traveling the world and making it clear he was keeping his options open. The Magic, like any team, would be foolish to allow a MVP-caliber superstar like Howard walk out the door without receiving a package of young talent, draft picks and salary cap relief in return.

On Tuesday, word surfaced that the New Jersey Nets were prepared to offer a trade package for Howard. The Los Angeles Clippers are also reportedly interested and the Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly investigating the matter too.

Earlier Wednesday, Royce Young of CBSSports.com explored the question of how the Magic might keep Howard.
Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Magic GM Otis Smith open to trading Dwight Howard

I live in San Francisco after toiling for 10 years in the horrid State of Florida. Tourists visit SF for the City and culture, unlike O-town. I always thought it was funny to see the look on the few 100 tourists a year that actually came to downtown Orlando to see 1 tall building, 10 downtown city blocks, and the centerpiece...a f'n broken fountain in the middle of a retention pond!!! People don't visit ORLANDO jerkoff...they visit DOWNTOWN ORANGE COUNTY (i.e. I-DRIVE/Disney/Sea World).

You can have your swamp :)



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Magic GM Otis Smith open to trading Dwight Howard

Knowing how his leaving Orlando will hurt the Orlando economy, as well as the African American businesses around the new Arena, I don't think this man of faith will stick it to Orlando. Someone with ONLY a love of money would stick it to Orlando, but I hope Dwight has more character than that. Especially when he remembers that it was the Orlando tax payer that paid the bill for the Arena Orlando built FOR HIM.
Dude, what are you talking about?

You Orlando fans have to realize something. GOOD PLAYERS WILL COME AND GO FROM YOUR TEAM(S)!

I mean hell ... some of you are just getting over losing Shaq! You're all convinced that Shaq "stuck it to Orlando" and Howard may do the same. WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT THERE WILL BE MORE! It's a business, people!

If I had a nickel for every high profile Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics player that left Boston ... I'd be retired by now.

And how will Howard's departure hurt the African American businesses around the new arena? By African American businesses, do you mean the people hustling around the parking lots posing as attendants trying to take your cash and run? The Magic will be just fine. They will still sell the same amount of tickets and other different events will still come.

And I can assure you that the arena wasn't "built for him". Ridiculous.






Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Magic GM Otis Smith open to trading Dwight Howard

dude all these laker fans thinking they are geting howard. you people think you own the league or something. the lakers have nothing to trade to the magic to get howard lol. why would they take bynum and oft injured center thats ot even close to what howard is. you gotta give up close to what your getting salary wise too, so to do it they would have to trade pau gasol too. thats not gonna happen. only way howard going to lakers is through free agency. idiots.....



Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Magic GM Otis Smith open to trading Dwight Howard

Knowing how his leaving Orlando will hurt the Orlando economy, as well as the African American businesses around the new Arena, I don't think this man of faith will stick it to Orlando. Someone with ONLY a love of money would stick it to Orlando, but I hope Dwight has more character than that. Especially when he remembers that it was the Orlando tax payer that paid the bill for the Arena Orlando built FOR HIM.



Since: Oct 18, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Magic GM Otis Smith open to trading Dwight Howard

Oh mannnnnnnnnnnnn I HOPE! He comes to LA... Kobe and Dwight will run shit


vicodin
Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:49 pm
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Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Magic GM Otis Smith open to trading Dwight Howard

It seems as if the lockout never happened. Its not even signed off on yet, and here comes all the talk about players forming their own little AAU teams again. Just contract the damn league down to 6 teams and be done with it. At least 2/3 of the teams know they have no shot before they even hit training camp. I was really looking forward to seeing what all of these thugs were gonna do once they started missing multiple paychecks, and all of their posses started clamoring for mo money. Alas, the hookers will still be employed across the country.



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Magic GM Otis Smith open to trading Dwight Howard

 I have been a Magic fan since '93. He has given us some great years, and he truly seems like a genuinely good guy.

We're hearing about New Jersey or the Clippers- they are perennial losers. The Lakers are declining.  And as we saw with he Heat and are seeing with the Philly Eagles, amassing a bunch of talent doesn't equal championships.

I don't think there is any clear-cut option out there for Dwight, and he might never have again a franchise and city who adore him like Orlando does.
I won't begrudge him if he leaves, but while everyone considers him gone, I'm not sure the grass will necessarily be greener on the other side.
  
   



vicodin
Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:32 pm
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Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Magic GM Otis Smith open to trading Dwight Howard

Dwight's Not Leaving! Chris Paul is moving to the Sunshine State! Get on the BlackBerry Dwight, Make it happen! Go Magic!


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