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Magic will do what it takes to extend Howard

Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:31 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 2:41 pm
Magic will do whatever it takes to re-sign Howard, but All-Star Center follows the LeBron formula for keeping leverage.
Posted by Matt Moore

This summer is going to have long-lasting effects on the NBA that go well beyond the careers of the players who actually switched teams. It's going to affect how teams treat their expiring stars, increasing the amount of panic they experience and allowing players to extract every ounce of leverage in the negotiations. Sure, the money is going to be the same. The max is the max (barring some massive changes in the CBA this summer). But there are things that have to do with personnel, direction, and perks that players can squeeze out with the threat of "LeBroning" their team.

Such is the problem the Orlando Magic face. The Orlando Sentinel reports today that Magic General Manager Otis Smith said he has every intention of locking up Howard before he hits free agency , by signing him this summer before his expiring year. In regards to giving Howard the kind of contract he wants?

"Of course we will," said Smith, when asked if he'll approach Howard with a contract of his choosing. "We want Dwight to be in a Magic uniform for as long as he plays basketball."

But Howard, naturally, followed the script for free agents with a contract expiratioin in sight (outside of Derrick Rose, who's apparently just a sweetheart). He said he loved Orlando and that he planned on being there forever. But of course, wouldn't say he'll sign. That one little step short, where you keep the fans happy but let the organization know you expect to be treated the way you want to. That goes for everything from coaching to personnel to team policies. These are the kinds of things Howard can control. He's also giving himself an out if the next two years don't go so well.

Imagine that Vince Carter falls off the production cliff as age catches up with him and Rashard Lewis has another slight downturn. SVG starts to lose the locker room and all of a sudden the Magic have a disappointing season. Howard is going to keep that free agency possibility in his pocket as long as he has to to make sure the Magic continue to put him in a position to contend. Now, sure, the more likely scenario is the Magic have an Eastern Conference Finals run or better in them this season and everything looks up, he may commit. He genuinely loves the team, the city, and the organization. Being that kind of hero probably appeals to his temperament. But he's going to maintain his position, the same position LeBron James and Chris Bosh held at this point in their career. Always saying the right things without saying the thing that locks you in. This summer was all about players getting what they want how they want, when they want. And it sounds like Dwight Howard will be following that formula to a T.

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2010 8:53 am

Magic will do what it takes to extend Howard


You do realize that one of the things that make the Magic so good is their defense? Think about it, how many more points would Kaman score? Regardless of how much he'd score, he would give up more points than Howard ever would. Kaman can not change a game like Howard can. You can not give up a Franchise player such as Howard for peanuts. You better not give him up at all. I'm just glad you're not making decisions in O-Town.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:08 pm

Magic will do what it takes to extend Howard

Hell he is already seven feet much more do they need to extend him?

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:40 pm

Magic will do what it takes to extend Howard

i'd trade howard for a Good big man that can capably score and a good swng man..... If numbers stack well...i'd see if i can work a deal with the clippers send Howard & pietrus to the clips for Kaman /Eric gordon/(insert another player) and a future 1 or 2nd rounder..... 

Magic starting Lineup would be

PG Jameer nelson
SG Eric Gordon(automatic offense(great stroke,great slasher/strong finisher, and no where near the defensive liability that V.C.
SF Rashad Lewis(much better at the 3 than the 4...production goes up
PF/C Kaman(Cosistent highly skilled offensive big man)
C Gortat(great defender as well but obviously not on howards level, but better on ball defense, and a bit more sound offensively)


 Pg. Willias/duhon
 Sg. V.C./Redick
 Sf. Q Rich/Stan Robinson
 PF. Bass(can be a starter on several teams, he's good), Ryan anderson,Malik allen(bench warmer)
C. D Orton....

thats a a damn good team, that is better than the one with howard......

if V.C. doesnt wanna be the 6th man then he can be shopped around 

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 8:15 am

Magic will do what it takes to extend Howard

Well..hey everyone else is doing it why least Howard is doin this in a much more respected way than Queen James, Queen Melo, and Queen Paul..gotta be one King out of the bunch! I do hope Vince can contribute at as high a level he can. And hopefully Rashard shows why he even became a Magic in the first place(see his time as a Supersonic)..if they can play like this with contribution from Jameer and a nice bench contribution from Pietrus and Reddick then they should be in good shape. Besides defense they wont miss too much from Matt Barnes..Pietrus is just as good as he is if not better

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:00 am

Magic will do what it takes to extend Howard

I was thinkin the same thing

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 8:57 pm

Berger says that Howard is going to the Knicks!!!

His sources tell him that people close to the deal, with knowledge of the inside workings of the discussions going on, in and around the said parties, are thinking about ways for the aforementioned to interact and correspond on a level that would be agreeable in such a many for this to be an on going discussion with any resolution in the near or distant future.

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