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Dwight Howard hasn't withdrawn trade request

Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:35 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 1:38 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

You may have thought the Dwight Howard drama had gone away, but really, we're just stuck in a holding pattern. Because Howard still hasn't withdrawn his request to be traded. Via the Orlando Sentinel:
Dwight Howard's request to be traded still stands, and the Orlando Magic's general manager doesn't feel the team has done much to change the superstar's mind.

"Nothing has changed," Howard said before the Magic faced the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion on Sunday.

Otis Smith confirmed Howard has not taken his trade request off the table and that Howard's agent still has permission to speak with three, and only three, teams: the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Jersey Nets.

"I think his leaving or going has nothing to do with Orlando," Smith said of Howard. "I think he wants a bigger market. I can't do anything about that."
I continue to be confused by this whole situation. The Magic seem to still be of the position to let Howard sign or walk in free agency, but understand that he has requested a deal and Smith even acknowledges it.

But maybe the Magic are just going to wait until the March 15 trade deadline to see what kind of offers roll in. Smith flirted with a few deals during training camp but all that noise has died down mostly since the season started. Or maybe the Magic are going to just let Howard either stay or leave during free agency, which is a philsophpy I'm a fan of.

Howard has said he thinks there's a "zero percent" chance he's dealt before the All-Star break, which of course is in Orlando. He also said he doesn't think he'll be dealt before the trade deadline. The Magic want to use every second they can to win him back and convince him Orlando is a playing worth staying long-term.

Still, Howard is pretty much openly saying that he doesn't really want to be in Orlando, isn't he? Smith realizes it, the fans get it, Howard is saying it -- so are they really just going to continue on like this isn't an issue? The Magic aren't some terrible team that have no chance. That's a playoff team and depending on how the East shakes out, could be a top four seed.

So I guess we'll just stay right where we're at -- wait and see.
Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:06 pm
 

Dwight Howard hasn't withdrawn trade request

Why is this a new story? It must be slow and the writer is reaching for something to write about. We know Dwight asked for a trade prior to the start of the season. If he gets traded, then you have a news story. Just the fact that he still wants to be traded isn't news. Unfortunately, not everyone has a published sports column to blast this out to the public.



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Dwight Howard hasn't withdrawn trade request

Bulls are not on list because Howard doesn't care about WINNING..........
He only wants to be a Celebrity that plays basketball.........
What a WASTE...............
Although
He would be a GREAT....ROBIN.......

WHAT DO YOU THINK?Yell




Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:50 am
 

Dwight Howard hasn't withdrawn trade request

Send him to Golden State for Curry/Ellis and Biedrens and 1-2 1st rd picks for 1/2 the season.  Screw D12 if he doesn't want to be in a Magic jersey.  Even though Otis hasn't done the best trades he tried to get good players around D12.  They just didn't work out. 



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:21 am
 

Dwight Howard hasn't withdrawn trade request

From the Magic team perspective, their is really only one trade out there that makes any sense - Howard for Bynum and Gasol. However, that trade is looking increasingly unlikely, especially with Bynum playing as well as he is the Lakers don't need to sacrafice two big men.

Any other trade leaves the Magic in the position of being right around the 8th seed playoff team. They would be better off not doing such a trade and starting from scratch. So, here's the strategy. Don't trade Dwight, maybe even pull off a midseason trade to bring in an "upgrade" at SF or PG (though who that would be is hard to say). Make a run at the playoffs - as they are currently configured they are probably the 3rd or 4th best team in the East. Who knows what happens. Maybe Turk suddenly reprises is 09 season. Maybe Kevin Love begs to come to Orlando. Maybe one of the top teams looses a significant player to an unfortunate non career threatening injury. Maybe everything goes right and the Magic find themselves in the Finals again. And maybe that's enough to convince Dwight that Orlando is his best chance to win.

Should that not happen, nothing is really lost in comparison to trading him now. The Magic would have next year to suffer through. Maybe they could dump some salary and at the same time enter the lottery chase. The only significant salaries they would have going into the 13/14 season would be Turk's $12 mil and Richardson's $6. This would allow them to start a serious rebuilding effort.

 




Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:30 pm
 

Dwight Howard hasn't withdrawn trade request

Spoiled? Really? How?
 If anything he's doing Orlando a favor by letting them know he is not planning to re-sign. He could say nothing and leave Orlando in the same situation as Cleveland. But I'm sure you already knew that.



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:30 pm
 

Dwight Howard hasn't withdrawn trade request

I think it would be interesting to see the Timberwolves become players in the Dwight sweepstakes.
Yes.  The Timberwolves.
I think if they made an offer that included players like Michael Beasley, Anthony Randolph, Wesley Johnson, and even Darko to supply a center in return, along with draft picks, it would be a convincing offer to Orlando to rent out Howard, giving them some young talent and picks to rebuild.  Bringing in Howard to a young, talented, and exciting Timberwolves team could make a devastating power in the West if not right away very soon, and I think Dwight would be up for it should they start winning, which with a team like that should be no problem.  Now, I'm not exactly a T-Wolves fan, I'm a Knicks fan for life, but as a fan of the NBA I would like to see something like this happen for a team that hasn't seen success in a while.  It just makes sense to me for this to happen.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Dwight Howard hasn't withdrawn trade request

i understand a team doesnt want to pay a guy a hundred million that doent want to play for them. i dont blame howard, he has been spoiled all his life for being tall and athletic. my 3 year old grandson acts just like him.



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:46 pm
 

Dwight Howard hasn't withdrawn trade request

Bulls are not on list because Howard doesn't care about WINNING..........
He only wants to be a Celebrity that plays basketball.........
What a WASTE...............
Although
He would be a GREAT....ROBIN.......

WHAT DO YOU THINK?




Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:59 pm
 

Dwight Howard hasn't withdrawn trade request

here we go again another "star" player deciding he isn't wuite as good as people think so he has to have "help" to win..lol..why not try working on free throws and offenseive moves and stop choking in playoffs and stop worrying about the "market" you are in you buffoon..this guy is the most overrated player in an absurdly overrated league..lol..he wants a bigger market/. why so we can see how bad he really is?



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:19 pm
 

Dwight Howard hasn't withdrawn trade request

What I want to know is what has the Magic done or trying to do to make the team better? NOTHING. Now, that's the first problem. If they fix that, than the problem of keeping Howard is solve. I've yet to hear the Magic trying to acquire any big time players to compliment Howard so why do they expect Howard to stay?

Actually, they have tried to get him players -- even signed players to try to improve the team he pushed for such as Arenas and Big Baby.  Unfortunately for the Magic and Howard those moves have not worked out for one reason or another.  Plus, its not that easy to just "acquire any big time players" -- little things like salary caps get in the way, or the "big time player" you want not being available in a trade for anything you have that his current team wants, etc.


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