Orlando doesn’t like what they are being offered back in trade offers for six-time All Star Dwight Howard, the best center walking the planet.
So new general manager Rob Hennigan made a smart move, he flew out to Los Angeles where Howard is rehabbing his back injury to try and talk the center into staying in Orlando. Howard is good enough that it’s worth the effort. They met on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
How’d that go? Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM has good sources in the Howard camp and wrote this:
Howard was staunch in his stance and again made it clear to Hennigan that he has no desire to return to Orlando. He told the 30-year-old general manager that he would “never sign another contract with the Magic,” sources tell RealGM….
The scenarios Howard was open to during the meeting were: An immediate trade to the Lakers, a January trade to the Brooklyn Nets or a clean break at the end of the 2012-13 season. But he was clear that he would not return to the Magic, choosing to leave as a free agent after the season, sources told RealGM.
Well, Howard learned a lesson from the trade deadline and is being direct now. At least we have that.
But the Magic are not getting the offers they want. Here is a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network.
Orlando officials have repeatedly told people they want the kind of knockout package Denver received for Anthony, but will it present self?
Orlando’s problem is James Dolan doesn’t own the Lakers and isn’t there to overrule his GM and make a much larger offer than had been on the table.
The Lakers are smarter than that. It is no coincidence that on this same day, word leaked out of the Lakers that they have started some level of talks with Andrew Bynum and his agent about an extension or long-term deal with the team. That’s just good poker. Or negotiations. The Lakers don’t need this deal, their fallback is to have Bynum, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol all come to training camp, they are title contenders with that group.
So, we are back to square one. Orlando is looking for a deal it likes.
For the record, the Magic couldn’t give a crap where Howard wants to be traded, if the Rockets can offer the best deal as a rental he’s gone. (And that would put Howard in the awkward spot of having to play for the Rockets, become a free agent and start the circus all over again, creating another PR disaster.)
Can you imagine what a disaster it would be for Orlando to bring Howard into training camp this fall? But if they are insistent on a better offer, they may have to, because one is not about to materialize right now.