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What will it take for Orlando to keep Howard?

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 9, 2011 at 3:45 AM

The Magic have major issues in the hunt to keep their star Dwight Howard. Two major issues come to mind. The larger contracts of two players that kill the franchises chance to retain Howard in a Magic uniform.

This is from ESPN'S Roundtable:

5. Fact or Fiction: Dwight Howard will stay with Orlando after 2011-12.

Rob Mahoney, The Two-Man Game: Fiction. Howard's bizarre twisting of words and rules surrounding his future in Orlando (and his ability to sign an extension with the Magic) seems to suggest that he'll slink out the back door. It's hard to blame him, too; with Arenas and Turkoglu due over $66 million in the next two seasons, it will be hard for the Magic to make any substantial moves to improve. Other teams will likely offer brighter opportunities.

├?┬áThe Magic pay two players that have seen their better days. Arenas looks like he's ready to cash his check,and split on this team as soon as he can. Hedo hasn't played well since the 2009 Finals. The Magic wanted to relive some magic with Hedo,but like they say you can never go home again. The Celtics will have the money to spend in 2012,and the Celtics have Rondo one of the top point guards in the league if not the best at times,and he's the best passing point in the game.

Do the Magic have enough to keep Howard in Orlando? They need to sign J-Rich,and they need to figure who to play at power forward. Nelson isn't the same player,but he's a solid option,and he can run the team without a lot of mistakes. The hole on this team falls back to the two money sucking players. Arenas,and Hedo take a lot of money,but they don't give enough in return to make the Magic title contenders. The Magic don't seem to be the best in the East or even close right now. I don't think any trades are out there for the Magic. I don't see anyone taking on Hedo,or Arenas.


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Reply paul
1:16 PM on August 9, 2011 
I think he'll come to Boston. I know the Bright Lights of LA are attractive, as is the Fame and Glory of the Big Apple, but I think Howard is someone who appreciates the legacy of Bill Russell, to whom he's been compared over and over again. I think the challenge of stepping into the Great One's shoes would be personally meaningful to him. And then there's Rondo. Everyone saw what happened when you put Shaq, barely still in the league Shaq, on a squad with Rondo. My only question is whether Danny Ainge realizes what a bargaining chip he has.
Reply ronit00se7en
5:01 AM on August 10, 2011 
Not a magic fan here but I think this deal could work:http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4x4ryre

Magic:-get a outside shooting pf,a center to cover dwight but maybe play along side him? and a driving in pg instead of a shooting one.

Cavs:-get a sf that has the finals experience,gets a third string pg and a backup sg if parker leaves....

Of course cavs get some picks to help sweeten this deal,2nd rounders or a 1st pick?
Reply shawn cassidy
10:26 AM on August 10, 2011 
Yeah that deal looks good for Orlando. I don't think Cleveland wants to tack on that lousy contract of Hedo's
Reply paul
11:34 AM on August 10, 2011 
I don't see Cleveland making that deal.