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Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:10 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 10:23 am
By Matt Moore 

Andrew Bynum has had the same noose hanging over his head that Pau Gasol has for the past few months. The more the Lakers don't look like a Finals contender, the greater the chances are that the team will do what it has always done, reload with the best parts available, in this case, Dwight Howard. That would mean Bynum would be headed out of town, despite being the prized possession of new ower-in-charge, Jim Buss. 

But for Bynum's part? He told the Orlando Sentinel he's not concerned about it, and doesn't think he's going anywhere. From the Sentinel: 
"It doesn't matter to me; I don't read the headlines," he said. "There's a bank in every city, and I'm going to play hard basketball wherever I go, so I'm good."

Bynum believes he'll be a Laker after the trade deadline, although he ought not take that to any bank.

Until then, Bynum isn't going to allow it affect him the way its bothered Lakers PF Pau Gasol.

"I really don't care about it, man," he said. "You've just got to play basketball, just have fun. A lot of people lose that … it's a business and this and that. You're playing a game, and it's something you've been doing since you were a kid. If you just get back to that and just play, nothing matters."
via Orlando Magic: Glen "Big Baby" Davis speaks his mind in Magic team meeting - Page 2 -

Typical stuff in terms of "I don't let trade talk bother me," but the fact he thinks he's not going anywhere either shows a youthful ignorance of how disposable any player is to teams, or an indication from ownership that they don't think Howard is going to fit with L.A..

Meanwhile, Magic ownership shot down a rumor over the weekend of a potential trade with the Lakers for Dwight Howard.  
Orlando Magic continue to say they have made no decisions about what they'll do with Dwight Howard as the NBA trade deadline approaches on March 15.

And they are saying that a rumor making its way around Orlando that they've reached a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and a third team is totally false.

The scuttlebutt is that the Magic would send Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson to the Lakers and the Magic would receive Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. A third team, the Toronto Raptors, could be part of the deal or in a separate trade with the Magic, sending point guard José Calderon to Orlando.

Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Sentinel the rumor is wrong.
via Dwight Howard trade rumor: Orlando Magic deny Dwight Howard trade to the Los Angeles Lakers rumor -

The next step is for the Magic to offer Dwight Howard an extension, again, on March 1st, in the hopes his wonderful experience over All-Star Weekend will entice him to stay.  When that fails, and it will fail, the Magic will have fourteen days to review offers from Howard before the March 15th trade deadline and decide to move him or keep him and risk his entering free agency. There continues to be doubt from those in the league that the Magic will actually leave open the possibility of his abandoning the fanchise in free agency with their having nothing to show for it. But with the stubborn, yet admirable dedication to not losing Howard lingering, it's impossible to tell how this whole saga ends. 

For the time being, Bynum's not going to Orlando, and Orlando's not shopping Howard.  

All's quiet on the Superman Front.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:24 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

Orlando will not risk getting nothing for their stud center, they will make a deal with someone, probably the lakers, with help from the Rockets.  The Rockets were agressive in their pursuit of Gasol and still would bite at it if the offer was revisited.  A potential blow-up could follow this: Rockets end up with Gasol and JJ Redick, Lakers get Howard, Turkoglu, Scola, Thabeet and Dragic, and Orlando with Bynum, Kenyon Martin, Blake and Walton (buy-out with some $ furnished by LA).  Add in one or two 1st round picks for Orlando and everybody gets something they want & need.  Orlando would shed Hedo's salary, get a return for Howard, a stud center, a scorer in Martin and some 1st rounders.  Houston would get Gasol and a decent long range shooter.  LA get's its future star in Howard, a couple servicable pieces in Dragic and Scola, a shooter at SF in Hedo (overpriced) and a backup big.  LA can then amnesty Artest and end up with a starting five of Kobe, Howard, Dragic (pursue Sessions with Odom excemption), Scola and Hedo.  The numbers work and all three teams would look better

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:36 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

Howard and Reddick to the Knicks for Amare, Landry Fields, Toney Douglas and 1st rd draft pick.
Hey Don't Laugh - It Could Happen!!!!
Orlando will def deal Howard by the trade deadline - who are they kidding?
The Magic Execs are whistling while walking thru a Cemetery!!!
Lin! Melo! Reddick! D12! and use Tyson Chandler as additional trade bait!!!
The ONLY Absolutes are Death, Taxes and Golddiggers!!!!!

Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:28 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

How does getting Howard for Gasol and Bynum help Los Angeles? It doesn't.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:45 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

TDaison a Milwaukee Bucks fan writes:Bynum is one of the 5 top centers!?????  LMAO LMAO!  He sucks and when he retires or no longer playing, I would have forgotten him in few weeks.  For those who thinks he is top 5 are smoking crack! 
I don't do drugs but I do think Bynum is a top 5 center.   I am sure you think Andrew Bogut (injured)  is better. Perhaps Al Jefferson. So who do you rate over Bynum in centers?  I am talking true centers.   Please enlighten us.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:22 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

I don't much care for Kobe and the Lakers, but how does losing Gasol AND Bynum to get Howard help Kobe get a championship. The Chis Paul deal made much more sense since the Lakers kept the Big Man Bynum and got an electric point guard to allow Kobe to focus on scoring and defense, not having to run the offense himself. Fisher is done as a starter. He should be providing veteran leadership and minutes off the bench.

That deal doesn't make sense unless the Lakers have another deal to pick up a point guard.  I see Steve Nash in a lot of rumored trades, but does that really make sense to pick up another aging point guard, albeit one that appears to have more left in the tank than the current point guard.

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:48 pm

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

I would prefer the Lakers keep Gasol and Bynum.  

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:02 am

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

I would love to see Howard go to LA and give Kobe a shot at another title.  Besides, Kobe "owes one" to Dwayne Wade,  What better place to pay him back for his classless foul in the All Star Game than the NBA Finals?  

The Heat are now prohibitive favorites to win the NBA Championship.  It would be nice if someone "over there" in the West could at least put together a team that would make it interesting.  Besides, the NFL can get along without a franchise in LA, but the NBA needs the LA market to drive what little bit of ratings they do get.  

If I was David Stern, I would be working hard behind the scenes to ensure that if Howard goes anywhere, it is either LA or New York.  Stern knows what markets drive his sport and his ratings.  LA has a better chance of getting the job done now, so it is the preferable choice of the two cities.  I won't count out NY, though. 

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:57 am

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

Part of the reason this trade makes little sense is because Dwight wants to play with a good PG...He wants nothing to do with Jameer Nelson anymore. Which is really sad because after the loss to the Lakers in the Finals the Magic were reportedly looking to unload Jameer and backed off when Dwight got upset. Now just a few years later he relizes what a mistake that was and now is forcing his way out of town. There's a reason the Nets are his #1 choice....Derron Williams. He wants to play with a premier PG. He doesn't want to go to a new team and see that Jameer Nelson is still his starting PG.

Dwight is just plain lying when he says the team has not listened to him regarding personnel moves. They kept Nelson at his request, he approved of the Vince Carter deal, he approved of the Gilbert Arenas deal, and he specifically requested the Brandon Bass for Big Baby trade. The Magic are learning what happens when you allow a spoiled prima donna to run your franchise. You get worse each year. You end up against the salary cap. And the same spoiled prima donna demands a trade.

As a Magic fan my #1 fear is that they trade him for a handful of magic beans, get a handful of mediocre players and some low draft picks. And this allows them to consistantly be fighting for the 7-8th seed in the east for the next 6 years. I'd rather see them let Dwight walk for nothing, send a message to the rest of the leauge and let him lose $30 million. Then just playout the garbage contracts they have for the next few years. In about 3 years they could be sitting with 3 high lottery picks and capspace to go after free agents.

Unless they can get a good haul of proven players and picks I'd rather they just let him walk and rebuild the right way.     

Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:47 am

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

He's going to Brooklyn...period.  Whether the Magic want something back or not is up to them.  It has been what he's been saying all along, and would alreay be there if Lopez didn't get hurt. All this nonsense is wasting everyone's time.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:22 am

Howard update and Bynum thinks he's staying

things are bad in LA town.....the moron son of Jerry Buss is killing this team. There wont be a trade.

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