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Dwight Howard: 'I never said I wanted to leave'

Posted on: February 7, 2011 9:08 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 9:09 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

You better get used to this Dwight, because as the ones who have come before can tell you, this is how it will be.

Fresh off Ken Berger's report that if Dwight Howard chooses not to re-sign in Orlando, he'd look toward the Lakers, Knicks or Nets, Howard responded on Twitter saying, "I never said I wanted to leave stop reading the rumors. It's really stupid. And annoying to be honest. They tryna make something outta nothing I have another yr under my contract before I can sign."

Of course Berger's report didn't say that Howard was fully intending to leave. For example, Berger writes, "Howard evidently is willing to be patient. A free agent in 2012 along with the Hornets' Chris Paul, Howard has yet to form a strong opinion one way or the other, according to a person with knowledge of his thinking."

But the way these things work is that someone tells Howard that some writer says he wants to leave. Then of course Howard has to deny the report that doesn't even exist. It's kind of the way it works. We're all used to it.

Orlando knows it's on the clock. General manager Otis Smith knows that his main goal is keeping Howard. That doesn't mean Howard's not going to drop the "I want to look at my options" line when he can opt out in 2012. And it also doesn't mean he won't re-sign in Orlando.

Along with Chris Paul, Howard will be the biggest name on the market in 2012. Everyone will be after him and like the Cavs with LeBron before, the Magic will have to convince Howard to be a part of their team. Howard probably is trying not to think about all that right now, but it's got to be in the back of his mind. If things don't get done in Orlando, the bright lights of Los Angeles or New York might just intrigue him.

But what Howard tweeted is correct. He never did say he wants to leave. But he also has never said he wants to stay.
Category: NBA
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Dwight Howard: 'I never said I wanted to leave'

The Sixers trade Igudola, Young and their # 1 to Orlando for Howard. I like it.

If the Orlando Magic had any brains at all, they would put a contract extension in front of Dwight Howard and tell him to either sign it immediately or a press conference that's scheduled for 2pm that day to announce he's on the trade block won't be cancelled.

Teams would trip over themselves for a chance to have a guy like Howard on their team for a full season before he becomes an UFA and a year to convince him to sign long term and stay.   Orlando would get a nice package of talented players and draft picks to help keep them competitive for years to come.

But they don't have any brains.... just like Cleveland lost Lebron James and Denver is about to lose Carmelo Anthony the Orlando Magic are going to lose Dwight Howard and get NOTHING in return for him.... thus crippling their franchise for years and years to come.

Stupid.  Why in God's name do teams insist on letting these players have all that power?????




Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Dwight Howard: 'I never said I wanted to leave'

I agree with you on Dwight.



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Dwight Howard: 'I never said I wanted to leave'

Dwight Howard: 6-11/265

Tim Duncan: 6-11/255

 

Rumors of Duncan retiring soon...

Rumors of Howard trading soon...

 

Hmmmmmmmm




Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Dwight Howard: 'I never said I wanted to leave'

     Howard cannot carry a team - that has been proved. But he is a great piece for any team searching for a title. A talented big man he is best when playing with a star who can carry a team.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:09 pm
 

@ATKOOL

It's a team sport. Stand by yo Mama instead.




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:27 pm
 

Dwight Howard: 'I never said I wanted to leave'

The Sixers trade Igudola, Young and their # 1 to Orlando for Howard. I like it.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Dwight Howard: 'I never said I wanted to leave'

Where ever my favorite player goes I'll stand by him.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Dwight Howard: 'I never said I wanted to leave'

Boston will keep his seat warm for him ... only 1 1/2 years Dwight ... u can do that "time" in your sleep.  Rajon Rondo's juicy assist will be coming your way in no time!



Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Dwight Howard: 'I never said I wanted to leave'

Unlike the over-rated Bosh, Howard is clearly not interested in "playing with peoples' emotions" when these idiot hacks ask him these stupid questions.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:15 am
 

Dwight Howard: 'I never said I wanted to leave'

If a team can somehow land Dwight Howard and Chris Paul in the same year, that would be bigger than the Heat getting Wade and the Queen or the Celtics getting KG and Ray Allen in the same year. Putting the best center in the league on the same team as one of the top point guards who can shoot and pass would be extremely tough for opposing teams to defend.


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