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DeVos on Howard: 'I don't want to trade him'

Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:40 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

The Magic's owner said Wednesday that he doesn't want to trade Dwight Howard. (Getty Images)

For whatever reason, before the Magic's game Wednesday against the Heat, owner Rich DeVos made a surprise visit to Orlando's locker room to speak with the media. And put it simply to the reporters there:

"I don't want to trade him," DeVos said of Dwight Howard who could become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

That's not exactly "I won't trade him" but it signals what some are beginning to suspect. The Magic aren't in a hurry to trade Howard and aren't going to just give him away.

According to reports, DeVos was greeted by players like Jason Richardson and Daniel Orton but did not get anything from Howard, who dressed only a couple feet away. Tension? Yeah, probably. Howard has made it pretty clear he'd like to be traded as well as making it painfully clear he doesn't want to remain with the Magic. But Devos still holds on to some optimism.

"We like to think we're making headway," DeVos said of negotiations. "But I don't know. He probably won't know until the end and I won't either."

DeVos wouldn't put a percentage chance on Howard staying.

"I don't gamble on that, I just plan on him staying," he said.

"You never give up," DeVos said. "We've got a great talent, a great young man. He's got to look at his options (and) what's best for him and I have to tell him what I think is best for him. I'm selfish."

DeVos, who is 85 and in a wheelchair, obviously isn't keen on the idea of starting a major rebuild with the team. If his hand is forced, he would prefer to keep his team competitive for as long as possible. DeVos told reporters he wants to keep the teams in the hands of his family for "forever," and certainly doesn't want to pass on a deterioating product.

It sounds like he's not glass-half-full in these Howard talks, but glass-half-full-of-whiskey. He's probably being unreasonable and far too optimistic that Howard stays, but I understand his position. Why give Howard away and not get anything near comparable in return? DeVos is looking at a chance to win now and wants to hang on to that for as long as possible.

DeVos told reporters that if he leaves Orlando for a new city, he might not ever equal that connection he has with the team that drafted him and the fans that watched him grow.

"Listen to the fans tonight, cheering," DeVos said. "He's respected. You have to move in life, but the loyalty you develop in a community is always remembered. But if you leave, you don't pick it up in the next town. It's not an add-on, you know, because you lose what you had. Maybe you gain some new [loyalty], but maybe you don't. Maybe the net gain isn't as good you think. We just talk about stuff."

A quality pitch, but it's probably not enough to sway Howard into staying. Not going to stop DeVos from trying though. Maybe well past the March 15 trade deadline.

Via the Orlando Sentinel

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Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:44 pm
 

DeVos on Howard: 'I don't want to trade him'

Let him lose money if he leaves.  The Heat thing worked only because Wade n Lebron are 2 of the top players in years and they still needed to add pieces and they haven't won anything yet.    He is risking more both on the court and off the court dollars if he goes cause he will be 2nd fiddle to a kobe or have to share the spotlight with some other star.  This isn't baseball with the cap teams have limits so  let him go play with an aging superstar and take that risk. It's a free country but it is so not cool that a franchise can get dumped on after a team beleives in you and is offering you more cash than anyone to stay.....ouch!!!



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:44 pm
 

DeVos on Howard: 'I don't want to trade him'

Let him lose money if he leaves.  The Heat thing worked only because Wade n Lebron are 2 of the top players in years and they still needed to add pieces and they haven't won anything yet.    He is risking more both on the court and off the court dollars if he goes cause he will be 2nd fiddle to a kobe or have to share the spotlight with some other star.  This isn't baseball with the cap teams have limits so  let him go play with an aging superstar and take that risk. It's a free country but it is so not cool that a franchise can get dumped on after a team beleives in you and is offering you more cash than anyone to stay.....ouch!!!



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:40 pm
 

DeVos on Howard: 'I don't want to trade him'

Sad situation. I understand its a business but he will obviousely get a max deal and stil lwants to leave. No loyalty in sports anymore. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:25 pm
 

DeVos on Howard: 'I don't want to trade him'

melo for howard



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:23 pm
 

DeVos on Howard: 'I don't want to trade him'

Neither of those 'signings' was for 'nothing' though.  In the end both Toronto & Cleveland acquiesced to sign & trades whereby the two departing free agents could get full maximum contracts.  Personally, I wish that both teams didn't assist those players in terms of money, but they are in a business I suppose.    

As long as owners agree to trade superstars near the end of their deals, nonesense like this will never end.  Players are greedy enough to stay if they're about to lose 30 million dollars in a 5 year period.  Some would still leave but overall small to mid market teams would hold onto more players.  Yes it's a business, but sometimes sacrificing and letting a guy go makes more sense then trading a player for a mediocre and unfair return.   You're better off finishing in the lottery after a star player leaves with potential to grab another superstar for a few years then you are trading for mediocrity and allowing stars to constantly get their way.

They wanna form their "dream teams"?  They don't want stay where they're at?  Great !!! The players have every right to leave as UFA's, I have no problem with that at all.  BUT... they have no right to even ask a gm or owner to trade them or ask for a sign and trade.

It's called a sacrifice... if a player wants to leave then he makes less money for a better chance at a championship.  End of story.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:31 pm
 

DeVos on Howard: 'I don't want to trade him'

Man this is a tough situation for Orlando.  In this instance I kind of feel bad for the Magic franchise.  They don't want to trade their best player, who is their biggest asset for obvious reasons.  They are competing and have made attempts to better themselves in the past (some of them didnt work out, but they tried).  They are being held hostage by D12.  They cannot get a fair value trade unless it includes Bynum from the Lakers.  He will not re-sign and if they don't trade him...he walks for nothing.  The Magic are put in a position that they have to make up their mind what they want to do financially in the aftermath of this.  Do they take a trade that still makes them competitive, they continue to be a middle rung to good team in the NBA but no superstar appeal?  Do they stand firm and let Howard walk and decide to rebuild which could mean several losing seasons costing a lot of money and fan support?  I would hate to be in their shoes right now.  It took them several years to recover from Shaq.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:45 am
 

DeVos on Howard: 'I don't want to trade him'

It's even more than $30M he'd give up since Florida doesn't have a state income tax.  Call it more like $33M.

I'd go with what Jerry West said. Dont trade him because the parts that you get back merely make you sustainable and a mediocre level. I'd rather hit bottom and get a star draft pick than take someones C and B players. Make him give up the 30mil if he really wants to walk. 



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:45 am
 

DeVos on Howard: 'I don't want to trade him'

They're very competitive right now and have a shot at the finals. Why would Howard want to leave now? Unless they sent him to Chicago or somewhere else that is a top 5 team right now, his best shot to win a championship THIS year is probably with Orlando. If he gets traded more than likely that's one less season with a chance at a title. And then next year he can start over with who ever he wants. If they do trade him they cannot get any less than the Hornets b/c I think Howard is a more important player than Chris Paul to have on your team.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:03 am
 

DeVos on Howard: 'I don't want to trade him'

I'd go with what Jerry West said. Dont trade him because the parts that you get back merely make you sustainable and a mediocre level. I'd rather hit bottom and get a star draft pick than take someones C and B players. Make him give up the 30mil if he really wants to walk.



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:41 am
 

DeVos on Howard: 'I don't want to trade him'

It better be a deal with Chicago, they are the only team worth dealing with. You may actually come away with young talent and not a bunch of old has-beens, and definitely get a first round pick too. He is gone, you have to get something in return.


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