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Dec 09

Dwight Howard’s agent in contact with Lakers, Nets, and Mavs

Via Ric Bucher of ESPN.com:

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.

19 comments
JFranks4Real
JFranks4Real

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?

Aphillip712
Aphillip712

Plus Dwight only apparently wants to play for NJ, LA, or Dallas

Aphillip712
Aphillip712

Nene won't sign there if he is gonna just be traded right away. Unless he wants to come here.

KchulKK
KchulKK

Also what about Amare' & Chandler for Dwight & Turk?

KchulKK
KchulKK

My idea: If the Nets sign Nene, do you think they'll send him (Nene) & Lopez to Orlando for Dwight & Hedo? And of course some 1st round picks.

Aphillip712
Aphillip712

So who do we want more Bynum or Lopez? Bynum is by far the second best Center in the NBA while Lopez is only above average but Lopez has played more games each year on average.

EricFarrell
EricFarrell

Although I'm disappointed that Howard is leaving the Magic, I'm trying to keep things in perspective. If it wasn't for Howard and that magical finals run we might not have a new state of the art arena. If we didn't get that arena the Magic would of probably relocated somewhere else. So it could be much worse as fans in Seattle can attest to. Honestly in some ways I'm going to enjoy watching the Magic more now. For the past several years I had championship expectations for my teams and was bitterly disappointed when they failed to meet them. Now that those burdens are gone, I can just sit back and enjoy rooting for my hometown team and enjoying the pleasures of professional basketball.

CarloSimone
CarloSimone

This makes no sense to me in any way. If we're thinking of trading Howard why would we get rid of a trade chip like Bass to bring in Glen Davis? My jaw is on the floor at how stupid the Magic organization looks right now.

As for him talking to teams, I'm glad he's finally able. Details need to be discussed at length so we don't make another boneheaded move. This probably means he's gone but then again players have talked to other teams before during free agency and ended up staying with their organizations. Hell I remember just last season D-Wade was without question supposed to end up in Chicago but then Miami pulled off the deal of the century. I'm not saying we can do anything close to that, but it's worth thinking about that Dwight can explore his options and still decided to rejoin the Magic.

Either way, I wish the best to Dwight Howard since he has done more for this organization than any single player ever has by a landslide. Of course I want that to continue and for him to stay, but if not I'd like for him to make the best possible decision for him. He should have as few regrets in life as possible. Also if he could go somewhere where we could get some assets back that'd be nice too.

Mateus Fregonassi
Mateus Fregonassi

Now it makes no sense to trade for Davis.

Why if you're giving permission to Dwight to talk with other teams?

Otis is really stupid.

EricFarrell
EricFarrell

@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
EricFarrell

@NJ4Life Actually Bynum PER is higher than Lopez right now. Although not a perfect stat(tends to undervalue defense), PER is a good indicator of how much a offensive contributor a player is. Plus looking at your tagline of NJ4Life I think your a bit biased lol. I can understand why you would want the trade for Howard to go through.

KchulKK
KchulKK

@Aphillip712 But he's always injured. He's only played 53 games in 3yrs. His gona be a HUGE injury problem. I doubt his look or injury gets better. There's a reason behind his multiple injuries. And Dwight will go where the Magic say so if they offer him to the right team. I doubt Dwight would turn down the chance to play in NY with Melo.

EricFarrell
EricFarrell

@Aphillip712 Bynum by a long shot, when he is healthy he is a dominating center. Right now he is a more skilled offensive player than Dwight, and I can see him averaging 25 and 12 if everything comes together for him. Of course he could also get injured and prove an albatross on our cap space. But I would rather risk greatness than accept mediocrity. Which is what Lopez would guarantee. Also getting Pau in a trade as well as Bynum isn't out of the realm of possibility.

Of course that realm of possibility slams shut if the Lakers manage to push through the Chris Paul trade. Otis smith is by all accounts a nice man and a man of good moral character. However as a GM he is incompetent. Harsh words I knew but the way the organization has been run the past two years I really can't blame Dwight for leaving. And out of all the stupid things he has done in the past two years, not trading for Bynum and Pau or Odom has to be near the top of the list. As of now that is the only trade available for the Magic that would give us cap flexibility and the chance to contend.

A starting lineup of Bynum, Pau, Quinton, Richardson, and Jameer is one of the best in the league. And even with the stupid trade of Bass for Glen we would still have the best front court in the NBA with Ryan as a super sub. And even if things don't work out Pau would be very easy to trade away for young players and picks. It's unbelievable that Otis can't see this. When Dwight leaves I hope somebody finally fires this architect of disaster.

LCMT
LCMT

@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.

Aphillip712
Aphillip712

If you have read the reports... Howard's agent and not Otis are negotiating with those three teams. And would you rather have the best player possible in Orlando and hope he stays healthy? Or would you want a solid Center who will lead this team to 25 wins a season? Bynum hasn't had serious knee injuries like Amare. @KchulKK