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Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:10 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 12:11 pm
Howard says he would consider playing for Boston. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore

OK, so now all of a sudden Dwight's OK with Boston. This is getting hard to keep track of. For months, it's been assumed that Howard would not consider Boston on his list of teams to go to. Multiple reports have indicated he's expressed that he will not re-sign there if traded to the Green Team. But now there's different information... from Howard's own mouth.  
And if Howard is still available — if the Magic don’t blink and move him before the March deadline — C’s president Danny Ainge will undoubtedly put in a call to Team Dwight.

The question is whether he’ll answer.

“Always. Always,” Howard told the Herald. “I’d always listen to a team like that.

“My thing is I want to win. It’s not something like I’m doing this for money. I win. I want to do it my way.”

There may be two problems for the Celtics in that last paragraph. Howard may question whether the club can win with him, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, a collection of minimum salary veterans and a few children. And his “way” likely means a bigger stage.
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This does not mean that Boston is at the top of, or near the top of the list for Howard. He's made his choices pretty clear. But Boston has continually dogged him in the playoffs. Joining them would be joining an organization all about winning, who he knows will be able to build around him. He'd likely have Rajon Rondo as well, since the trade package would probably include the Big 3. The Magic have reportedly been looking for veteran players who can help them win now instead of younger players. If they want old guys, Boston's got them.

(Side note: Please try and imagine Rajon Rondo's surliness next to Dwight Howard's effusive jolliness. Unintentionally funniest duo ever.)

But Howard hasn't been all about winning. He's not targeting Chicago, which gives him the best chance to win a title. He clearly wants the money and fame that comes with Los Angeles or New York. If winning is what matters, you don't put the Nets at the top, no matter how good Deron Williams is. The Celtics are a long shot, but Howard would listen to the offer. From there it would come down to Danny Ainge and if he could pull off the sales job of his life.


Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:31 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics


Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:13 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

To heck with trading just Howard to Boston, how about just trading complete teams!!!  After all, they have beaten our Magic the last two meetings.  Once by holding us to a franchise record low 56 points!!!  Last night, they came back from 27 points down late in the 2nd quarter.  They did it both times without Rondo and Allen!!!!
I don't know about the rest of Orlando, but I am sick of hearing all of the "trade me" from Dwight Howard.  If he is so concerned about winning why doesn't he shoot free throws at least 20 - 25% better!!!!  He needs to accept a large share of the blame.  Not only does he shoot free throws badly, but he whines way too much.  He makes stupid fouls and gets stupid technicals. 
My last comment is Orlando is supposed to be a pro team, but they could not handle Boston's pressure and that was pressure from an injury depleted team.
Oh yeah, Paul Pierce may be the best player no ones talks about!!!!!

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:58 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

The idea of Howard in Boston would be a wonderful acquisition
with limitless possibilities, but how do you close the deal.

Boston has maybe a couple of years (this year included) with
our current big three and a limited supply of blue chippers on the bench, thus
we would have to trade away future draft picks for Howard along with money.
Although Howard, provides the instant punch that Boston needs to make a run for
the playoffs; but what then?  The
Director of Operations has a serious decision to make, trade away everything
and try to keep the Big Three healthy for a title shot (what a reach at this
point) to a possible drought the following year. In my mind draft picks and
money are two things that Boston needs.

Unless Doc overhauls some of the deadwood on the bench, I
just don’t see the return on investment of acquiring Howard with an aging fleet
of superstars and the cost to acquire his services.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:35 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Red Wings, this post, especially the last two paragraphs, are completely spot-on. Brilliant words, and anyone who can argue these points to the contrary can't admit the league paradigm is shattered.

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:35 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

The only trade the Magic can make is to the Lakers because Bynum is the only real chip out there to get.

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:31 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

Howard and Williams will end up on the Nets regardless if no one makes a trade because they are the only big city team that has adequate cap space to accomodate them both. If the Nets are smart they wait Williams out and then they have Lopez and Howard on the frontline to go with Williams. Don't make the same mistake the Knicks did and get rid of what little depth you have.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:09 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

I have to start putting "one mans opinion" on my messages. Then maybe I wont get blasted every message I post!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:57 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

So under this scenario the Magic would get three washed up veterans that have good nights every 3rd night and the Celtics would get Dwight Howard. Um yeah I could see that happening. I can also see the Magic rebuilding next season.

This is not a good trade on behalf of the Magic. If the General Manager make this trade, then he should be fired.

I am sure the Magic fans would like to see this type chatter squashed and have more play out of Howard.

I am not a Magic fan and I would like to hear less of this talk about Howard and his potential trade to any team, especially to the Los Angeles Lakers. We have our current and future center.


Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:33 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

My opinion of Howard is he will go where the bright lights are.  He doesn't care about winning.  Last I checked Orlando was winning.  What more does he want.  Here is the preposterous statement of the year.  Hey Dwight if you want to win go to the Timberwolves next year and play with Love ane Rubio.  You would make that team something special. 

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:16 pm

Howard would listen to offer from Celtics

In Related news: D. Howard was quoted saying the next time he is in LA he will be sizing his Laker jeresy.....

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