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Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:49 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

The clock is ticking on Dwight Howard.

The March 15 trade deadline is coming and the Magic don't yet appear ready to make a decision on their superstar center. Keep him and you run the risk of watching him walk away for nothing. Trade him and you give up on any chance you had of ever keeping him.

But the Magic kind of are handcuffed. Howard has four teams he's interested in signing an extension with: the Nets, Lakers, Mavericks and Magic. Which means general manager Otis Smith is limited to negotiating with three teams, two of which don't exactly have a plethora of enticing trade assets.

You might think that rules out 26 other teams from competing for Howard at the deadline, but one team, the Golden State Warriors, are willing to consider renting Howard. Via Yahoo! Sports:
Golden State management is willing to take Howard as a one-season “rental,” with the hope of selling him on signing a long-term deal before he enters free agency this summer. Like most teams, Golden State has inquired with Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith, but the Magic have yet to commit to aggressively pursuing a trade of Howard.
The Warriors also pursued Chris Paul, but had the same issues of not being able to be certain he'd commit long-term. But they're willing to risk it with Howard. They have quality young assets in Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis that they can dangle, plus would probably be willing and able to absorb Hedo Turkoglu's remaining $34 million contract.

The Warriors thinking is that if they could just get Howard into the Bay Area with marketing and money opportunities aplenty, that they would be able to convince him to stay long-term. Issue is with Howard, he wants a situation he can win and probably play with a fellow star. And is Golden State that type of place?

But owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are determined to alter the culture and perception of the Warriors and if they have to take a chance on giving up a lot to get Howard for three months, so be it. It's an honorable approach by owners committed to their passionate, rabid fanbase. Hard not to appreciate that.

The Warriors probably could put together the best package outside of the Lakers offering Andrew Bynum. Curry or Ellis are terrific young talents and something the Magic would be happy to get back. The big question is the status of Curry's surgically repaired ankle though, which could hold things up.

As March 15 approaches, the more teams are going to get into the mix. The Magic haven't even decided on trading Howard yet, but if they do, the Warriors will be waiting for a phone call.
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Comments

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Saying Howard only cares about being a celebrity is insane.  He cares about the dollars.   In New york or LA he can get an adidas contract worth over 10 million a year. Not to mention he could make another 10 million in other types of endorsements.  There is a reason why he wants LA or New York.



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:08 pm
 

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

I am a die hard Magic fan and want Howard 2 stay but i would rather trade him then lose him 4 nothing in return.. Curry and Ellis would be ideal then maybe they can sign or draft a good big man and in a couple of years be even better then they r now!! Still mixed tho!



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Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:20 am
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:34 am
 

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Wow...such hate from woody...he must be a big time Clippers fan. I bet he is really loving having Baron Davis on the team. 



Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:22 am
 

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Otis needs to be fired. How did he even get this job to begin with? He played 6 seasons with an average of 10 points a game and he is suddenly Manager material?



Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:32 pm
 

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

I have one word, one query: Why?



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:11 pm
 

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

The Warriors wont trade for him. They will be so far from the playoff hunt, that it wont be worth taking that chance. Management will be smart about it. Wait! we are talking about the Warriors. Enjoy him for 2-3 weeks. 



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:47 pm
 

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

I AGREE.....................




Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:44 pm
 

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

The Bulls can put the best deal together......
BUT Howard is to much of a baby because he wouldn't be the MAN.......to accept



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:36 pm
 

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

go niners...make it 6 for 6 in super bowls


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