Dan Fegan, the agent for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, dismissed reports his client had illegal contact with the New Jersey Nets, saying Howard had received permission to explore potential trades.
Magic general manager Otis Smith confirmed to ESPN The Magazine on Friday night that he granted permission to Fegan to speak to the Nets about a deal involving Howard, who has asked twice in the past week to be traded, according to sources.
Fegan read the following prepared statement over the phone to The Magazine: “I read reports today of a meeting between Dwight Howard, his representatives and the New Jersey Nets which claimed, according to the story’s anonymous sources, that such a meeting violated the NBA’s tampering policies. This story is clearly inaccurate with respect to tampering claims and other facts. Tampering doesn’t apply once a team grants permission for a player and/or his representatives to make contact with another team. The Magic have given us permission to have contact with several teams in order for Dwight to explore his options. I most definitely had contact with the teams I was granted permission to speak with. Since we had permission to have contact with several teams the report of possible tampering is undeniably false.”
Magic spokesman Joel Glass says the team has granted New Jersey, Dallas and the L.A. Lakers permission to talk to Fegan to discuss possible trades.
So you guys would seriously prefer a guy who has struggled to stay healthy his entire career over a guy who has never missed a quarter and averages 10 more points? Seriously?
@JFranks4Real The number of points Bynum scored are irrelevant since he was on a championship team and was often the fourth option. Whereas Brook Lopez is on a bottom feeder team and has much more opportunities to score. Jerry Stackhouse, a borderline all star player, once averaged 29 points per game by being a shamless ball hog. Points scored per game is the most overrated stat in my opinion. Your criticism of Bynum health is a valid one though and he is much more of a injury risk than Lopez. However his upside is much, much higher than Lopez. If you look at both of the players PER Bynum actually has a higher one despite scoring less points than Lopez. Their respective PER's are: Bynum-21, Lopez-19.
Not to mention that despite being chronically injured Bynum is more athletic than Lopez and a better defender and rebounder than Lopez. It's not unprecedented for a center to have chronic injury problems early on in their career but then stay relatively healthy later on. For example Big Z has had career threatening foot injuries early on in his career but then later went on to have a productive and relatively injury free career.
Brook Lopez has had a chance to be a focal point of a team's offensive and is almost 24. I think for the most part he is what he is. A good finesse center with limited defensive and rebounding skills. Whereas Bynum has never really had a chance to be the man and the focal point of a team's offensive and is just about the same age as Lopez. I rather take Bynum's considerable upside and shaky health then Lopez limited upside and solid health.
@EricFarrell@JFranks4Real Look at what happen to Oden and Roy. Their knees gave out. This can and might happen to Bynum. Also Bynum has major character issues, I do not want a player that will miss games due to injure and suspensions. Also Lopez had was recovering from mono all last season. Bynum is not more athletic than Lopez. Lopez is much quicker than Bynum. And he is a mentally stronger player than Bynum.