- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “To those who witnessed the Orlando Magic’s scrimmage on Thursday, Dwight Howard was his usual dominant self. Only this time instead of using his considerable muscle, he instead flexed some finesse. Time and again, Howard showed off the growth in his game by anticipating double teams by stepping back and draining several jump shots. But no amount of good news from Howard on the court, it seems, can offset the fact that there’s been no movement in his stance of wanting a trade from the Magic. Orlando still has every intention of trying to retain their franchise center, but Howard said on Thursday that his desire to play elsewhere remains firm. […] Howard, who can opt out of his contract after this season and become an unrestricted free agent, requested a trade last week from the only franchise that he’s ever played for in seven NBA seasons. His agent, Dan Fegan, was given permission to negotiate potential deals with the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks – the three teams that Howard has said he would sign a long-term extension with.”
- Head coach Stan Van Gundy reveals his mindset with regards to the Orlando Magic’s rotation. Earl Clark could have a bigger role this season.
- The latest on the Dwight Howard trade saga.
- Brett Pollakoff of ProBasketballTalk: “It’s unfortunate for Magic fans to hear, but it’s true nonetheless: The best thing for the franchise would be to trade Dwight Howard sooner rather than later, for the most assets it can get in the best possible package. Orlando’s current roster isn’t capable of getting past the second round of the playoffs, and the team doesn’t have many attractive assets of its own to bring in the level of talent it’s going to take to make Howard think it’s worth it to stay.”
- Does Howard want to be a white knight? Or does he want to turn to the dark side?
- Bill Simmons of Grantland: “Put it this way: If I’m Dwight Howard, I’m thinking about titles and titles only. I don’t care about money — that’s coming, regardless. I don’t care about weather — I have to live in whatever city for only eight months a year, and I’m traveling during that entire time, anyway. I don’t care about “building my brand” and all that crap — if I don’t start winning titles soon, my brand is going to be “the center who’s much better than every other center but can’t win a title.” I care only about playing in a big city, finding a team that doesn’t have to demolish itself to acquire me, finding one All-Star teammate who can make my life a little easier (the Duncan to my Robinson), and winning titles. Not title … titles. I want to come out of this decade with more rings than anyone else. I want to be remembered alongside Shaq, Moses and Hakeem, not Robinson and Ewing.”
Simmons is always trolling Dwight, but I think he's one hundred percent right about Chicago. I understand he doesn't want to play second fiddle to Rose but it really does make the most sense from a championship standpoint.
I actually strangely think he's on our side here. He's basically saying that if Dwight doesn't go to Chicago he should just stay in Orlando.