It’s as clear as a see-through bikini on in Cancun during Spring Break that Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic are headed for a breakup in the near future.
He’s reportedly been trying to get traded since last summer and it became blatantly obvious during this season when he was linked to every team in a big city from Boston to Los Angeles.
Now Stephen A. Smith is reporting that as soon as the Magic season ends, Howard will be trying once again to force the Magic’s hand into trading him and they should just do it and get it over with. In fact, they may already be thinking that way considering the circus Howard caused this season which was taken to another level when head coach Stan Van Gundy revealed that he knew his superstar center wanted him put out with the trash.
If that’s not enough reason, here’s a few more:
3. He Thinks He’s A Closer
All the drama made Howard a bit delusional this season. He must have been drunk off the Kobe Bryant fountain of sweat when he said he thought he should be the Magic’s closer despite glaring reasons why he shouldn’t be. How can you be a closer when you can’t hit free throws consistantly? Teams would just foul him every time he touched the ball, which they do throughout the game at times anyways. Not even Shaquille O’Neal was bold enough to ask for that role. That’s what he had Penny Hardaway, Kobe and Dwayne Wade for.
2. He’s Already Checked Out
Could this be any more obvious? Why would you want someone around who doesn’t want to be there? Imagine your wife wants a divorce and you don’t but she goes as far as to tell everyone you know her top 3 choices for your replacement… how long will it take for you kick that [Insert your most creative expletive here] to the curb? Not long, right? Need I say more?
This could be reason to keep him around as well, but if he’s not willing to stay then this works in the Magic’s favor. For starters, there’s not a team in the league who wouldn’t trade their starting center and a few more pieces for this guy, except the Los Angeles Lakers of course. You can trade for a combination of young developing players, expiring contracts, and high draft picks for one of the league’s premier players and Howard definitely qualifies as such.
All that is really left is to figure out what team the Magic will trade him to. If they can a team willing to take a chance on Howard without him signing an extension, they should take the chance and run with it. If they can’t, it’s going to be tough for them but they’ve got to get it done.