Orlando Magic to Spend The Next 48 Hours Trying to Acquire Potential Dwight Howard Teammates
The Orlando Magic make one last attempt to keep Dwight Howard.
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Orlando Magic To Spend The Next 48 Hours Trying To Acquire Potential Dwight Howard Teammates
Sources close to the Magic have indicated that the Magic front-office will be spending the next 48 hours trying to piece together a deal that will hopefully persuade Dwight Howard to stay with the team long-term. Keeping Howard may be a long shot no matter what the Magic does at this point considering Howard hasn’t backed off of his trade demand.
Newly hired coach Jacque Vaughn has every pundit and GM in the league scratching their heads at the move, which could be the real deal breaker in keeping Howard. Howard is determined to take his skills to a big market franchise.
After being greeted with the news that Brooke Lopez had signed a multi-year extension with the Brooklyn Nets, Howard now may wind up with the Los Angeles Lakers which are trying to acquire the center in a three-team trade involving Cleveland which would send enigmatic Lakers center Andrew Bynum to Cleveland.
Howard initially said he didn’t want to go to L.A. bringing everyone involved to a collective sigh. Few people in NBA circles would’ve predicted Howard’s exhibition of such poor character during the off-season, but it’s come down to Howard needing to stop crying and acting immature. Go ahead pick a team and play ball!
And what is Howard’s problem with L.A.? At first it was I’m not trying to follow in Shaquille O’Neal’s footsteps, then it was his worries over playing alongside Kobe Bryant and his ball-hogging ways. Geez, just pack up and head to your hometown of Atlanta and play for the Hawks, they need a center! Kobe is already on the downside of his career. What young star wouldn’t want to be the face of the Los Angeles Lakers’ franchise for years to come?
The Lakers have a tradition of employing dominate centers for over 50 years. The name George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal ring any bells? It’s certain that the sudden youth infusion going on in Orlando with it’s front office and players won’t be enough to appease the manchild that is Dwight Howard, but perhaps a sitdown with the best owner in all of sports, Jerry Buss, while staring up into the rafters of division titles and NBA championship banners might just persuade Howard that he was destined to be a Los Angeles Laker. Only time will truly tell.
Plus L.A. is the larger market that he is seeking, loaded with unlimited opportunities after he retires from playing basketball. His present rationale is hard to understand.