NBA GM: Magic Would Rather Let Dwight Howard Walk, No One Wants the Lakers’ Old Guys

Any team that decided to trade for a guy like Dwight Howard or Chris Paul would have to be fairly certain they will get the player they acquired to sign an extension. With Howard and Paul becoming free agents after this year, no team wants to give up a huge package just to rent their services for a year. One team that should have no problem signing either to an extension would be the Lakers, for obvious reasons. However, at this point it does not appear that L.A. has offered any type of package that would overwhelm the Magic into dealing Howard.

Amico is an NBA writer for FOX Sports, so his sources are likely trustworthy. With that in mind, we would have to assume the Lakers have not offered Andrew Bynum in exchange for Howard. Perhaps they are intending to use Bynum as the center piece of a deal with New Orleans, and someone like Pau Gasol qualifies as an “old guy” at age 31.

With rumors swirling that the Lakers are interested in adding both Paul and Howard, it is fair to raise the question of whether or not they have enough to offer to acquire both. Neither New Orleans nor Orlando is going to give their franchise superstar up without receiving a truckload in return, and how many first-round draft picks can the Lakers offer?  If L.A. does anything, the more likely scenario would be that they acquire one of the two via trade and the other via free agency next year, assuming he is not traded to another team.  At this point, however, it doesn’t appear that it would be reasonable to assume that about either player.

Deron Williams Says He’ll Re-sign with Nets if They Bring in Dwight Howard

Superstars in the NBA love to pair up.  Over the last several years, we have really had an opportunity to see that.  At the moment, we have no idea where guys like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and Deron Williams are going to end up this year or next.  What we do know is that they won’t be the only superstar on the team they sign a contract extension with.  Paul may sign with the Knicks and play with Carmelo Anthony or he may pair up with Howard and sign elsewhere.  If the Magic acquire CP3, Howard may stay put.  The same can be said for Deron Williams, who insists he would re-sign with the Nets next season if they bring in Superman.

“In a perfect world, we’d get the players that we need for me to stay here,” Williams said according to The Record. “I’m excited about the opportunity to play in the new arena in Brooklyn – the move – I just think it would be a great place to play. So that’s what I’m hoping for. I have a strong feeling that I’ll re-sign here.”

That strong feeling would turn into a certainty if the Nets can pull off a trade with the Magic for Howard.

“That would be enough to convince me,” Williams said. “I’ve talked to (Howard) a lot. We’ve had some conversations. He knows I want to play with him. I don’t think there’s a player in the NBA who doesn’t want to play with Dwight Howard.”

Teams can begin signing free agents on Friday, and if the rumors we have heard so far are any indication it should be an absolute frenzy.  If teams want to add star power, they have to add or retain star power first.

Chris Paul Reportedly Requests Trade to Knicks, Wants to Team with Dwight Howard

It looks like Chris Paul has finally told the Hornets what we’ve known for a long time: he wants to play for the Knicks. Last summer at Carmelo Anthony’s wedding, CP3 reportedly had toasted to him, Amare, and Melo forming a Big Three in New York. Now that Paul’s entering the final year of his contract with New Orleans, he’s reportedly making it clear that this will be his last year playing for them.

Paul’s agent reportedly told the Hornets that his client won’t sign an extension with them, and that he wants to play with the Knicks. Yahoo! Sports also reports that Paul reached out to Dwight Howard, who will also be a free agent, to say they need to figure out a way to play together.

The problem in this scenario is that it would be difficult for the Knicks to add both players, let alone Paul. The Knicks already have nearly $40 million committed to Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire next season, and the price rises the following few years. They wouldn’t be able to offer Paul maximum money, so they’d have to get creative in order to sign him.

If Paul prioritizes playing with Dwight Howard over playing for the Knicks, that might be easier to arrange. For starters, the Lakers reportedly are interested in adding both players, and have the assets to make reasonable trade offers to the Magic and Hornets, respectively.

As we said in February, the Knicks could compete with the Heat if they landed Paul or Deron Williams, the other top point guard who will be available. And if the Lakers got both players, they might be the favorite to win the title.

Lakers Reportedly Interested in Adding Chris Paul and Dwight Howard

With the NBA offseason having been shortened significantly, we can expect the rumor mill to be churning out stories at three times the usual rate. After all, this thing has to be sorted out within a month. Any rumor is a possibility, so writers are going to print it. That being said, the Lakers are reportedly interested in acquiring both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. While that is nothing more than a rumor at this point, they could conceivably pull it off.

As former Lakers beat writer Mark Heisler wrote on SheridanHoops.com Tuesday, making both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol available could put the Lakers in the running to land Paul and Howard via trade. It should also be noted that Howard was asked last season which All-Star he’d most like to play with to which he responded, “Kobe Bryant.” Not that anyone would have to be convinced to go to the Lakers, anyway.

Of course, the Nets and Clippers are both expected to make serious offers for Howard with the rest of the NBA also testing the waters. CP3 is reportedly drawing interest from the Celtics as well, who could offer Rajon Rondo as part of a package. Boston has also been mentioned a few times in the Howard discussion.

For those wondering how the next Big Three of Kobe, Super Man, and CP3 would work out financially, look no further than the Lakers’ new television contract that will kick in next season.  The NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement is particularly harsh with regard to the luxury tax, but L.A.’s profit is expected to skyrocket with the new deal in place.  As Heisler pointed out, when the Lakers begin their 20-year, $3 billion contract with Time Warner they will be making $150 million a year from their television deal as opposed to $30 million before.  Their annual profit, which was $45-60 million, could climb as high as $170 million annually.

In other words if it’s possible, they can afford it.  A core of Bryant, Howard, and Paul would be a nice way to kick off the post-Phil Jackson era.

H/T to CBSSports.com’s Eye on Basketball Blog for the story

Tim Tebow Invites LeBron James, Dwight Howard to Play for Broncos

Twitter nearly exploded late Monday when superstars Tim Tebow, LeBron James, and Dwight Howard all became part of the same conversation. When it comes to polarizing athletes in the world, it doesn’t get much bigger than Tebow or LeBron. Dwight’s not as controversial, but he has a strong presence on Twitter with 2.3 million followers.

Things started when Dwight, who is an active tweeter/social media guy, took a picture of himself Tebowing:

He accompanied the picture by saying “This [is] for Tebow lol. Good game boy.”

Tebow, who tweets infrequently, responded “lol appreciate the love Superman!”

Dwight upped the ante after that, telling Tebow “Keep up the good work. Despite all the haters you work hard you got heart and you got Jesus. You can’t lose.”

Tebow responded “thank you brother, will do! Jesus is above all else!”

It was after that when Tebow invited Dwight and LeBron to play for the Broncos.

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Dwight Howard Frustrated with Magic, Stan Van Gundy’s Coaching

While it has been understandably overshadowed by the NBA lockout, the name Dwight Howard is currently floating around on the NBA free agent list.  Howard has been with the Magic for seven years and could still return to the team, but his latest comments make it appear more likely that he has played his last game in Orlando.

In an interview with Esquire Magazine that Fox Sports Florida shared with us, Howard spoke candidly about how difficult his decision is going to be and also about how life has been playing for the Magic.

“There’s more you can do in a bigger place,” Howard explained. “I’m stuck in a tough position because I feel like right now, where I’m at, I’ve done so much. And I just don’t know what else I can do.

“I can’t live for everybody else. I don’t know what decision I’m gonna make as of right now. It’s been crazy. Everybody wants me to come here, come play here, come to our team, do this. It’s a great feeling, though, to be wanted.”

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Shaq: Dwight Howard Has No Competition, Should Win Three Championships

If you know anything about the relationship between Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal, you know that there is no love lost between the two big men.  Shaq won four NBA championships throughout his career and is considered one of the most dominant centers to ever play the game.  Howard is still in search of his first ring but has already established himself as a premier center at the young age of 25.  While both big men started their careers with the same organization, they just can’t seem to get along.

In a recent interview with The New Orleans Times-Picayune that the Orlando Sentinel passed along on Monday, Shaq decided to throw some more verbal jabs toward the giant they call Superman.  This time, Shaq insisted Dwight is only able to dominate the game because there are no great centers left in the NBA.

“If Dwight doesn’t win two or three championships, I’m going to be disappointed,” Shaq said. “He doesn’t have nobody. When I came in the league, I had to go through Alonzo Mourning, Arvydas Sabonis, Kevin Duckworth, Rik Smits. Now I can’t name any other centers besides Kendrick Perkins and Andrew Bynum. Who else is there? That’s it.”

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