The Magic have complete say over where Dwight Howard will play in 2012 regardless of what Dwight Howard wants. While this news frustrates Howard, fans, and many others just wanting this Dwightmare to end, it’s true.
It was reported yesterday that Dwight Howard likes the Lakers, and would be willing to resign.
“Dwight’s position has remained unchanged since the end of this past season,” said Dan Fegan of LaGardere Unlimited. “He fully intends to explore free agency at the end of next season, regardless of what team trades for him, including Brooklyn.”
This statement, although sounding very bold, and obviously from the closest thing to the horse’s mouth, doesn’t change anything. It has been said and repeated by myself and others, that an extension for Dwight Howard is NOT an option. Not because he wouldn’t necessarily want to stay, but because financially, with the CBA laid out as is, it doesn’t make sense. Why sign an extension at 3 years-$68 million when you can become a free agent and resign at 5 years-$108 million? Fegan and Dwight both understand that’d be bad business.
And then there is also this. A source close to the Howard camp told FOXSportsWest.com the big man would be happy to play for the Lakers and that Orlando’s front office is holding up the trade.
“Dwight would definitely play for the Lakers, but he has to be traded there first,” said the source, who requested anonymity. “He has no problem with the Lakers at all, and in fact is waiting for the trade to happen. The roadblock is that the (Magic) GM (Rob Hennigan) still thinks he can talk Howard into staying and signing a new contract. That’s not going to happen. Dwight might not sign an extension right away with the Lakers, either, but I’m sure that down the road he will.”
Of course he will. That’s what Jarrod Rudolph’s report was about yesterday. Dwight Howard’s willingness to stay after next season. He basically acknowledges that he could be happy there long-term, and it’s easy to identify that there won’t be many other suitors and that the team that owns him, in this case, Los Angeles would have an upper-hand in negotiations because of owning his Bird rights, and can offer him more money and an extra year.
The Magic control the situation, like it or not though. If Houston gives them a better deal without the Lakers’ involvement, then that’s what they will do. Rob Hennigan won’t win this deal, but he is right to be patient and get the deal that he thinks is best for the Magic. And then we will all judge how he did.