Eagle Eyed Dusty on the case here, doing some investigative reporting work here like you’ve never seen before.
Dwight Howard is an indecisive chap. He couldn’t even decide where he was going to make his decision. (He finally chose Podunk, Colorado, because of course he did.) What follows is an itemization of his decision making process thus far.
UPDATED! See number six.
1. The Lakers are out. ESPN.com reported last night that sources within the Lakers camp expressed concern that Howard might not be re-signing with them. I ran that sentence through the Babelfish translator and it came back: “Howard told Kobe to piss off.” So they are out.
Let me take a second here to say something about that, though. According to the articles I read, during the Lakers pitch to Howard, Kobe basically lectured Howard on how he wasn’t a winner, but Kobe is, and Kobe can teach him how to become a winner by watching him. What amount of bullshit is that? How insulting, first of all. Second of all, this “Dwight is a loser” thing is rubbish. It’s just like Lebron James. He’s a loser until he wins, then he’s a winner.
I don’t think it’s all that far of a branch to go off on to say that Dwight already has to what it takes to carry a team to a championship. He almost did it with the Magic when their next best player was Hedo Turkoglu. If the luxury tax ever breaks up the Heat, Dwight is going to win multiple championships wherever he decides to go. Consider him the modern day Hakeem Olajuwon.
2. The Warriors are out. They managed to get the Jazz to take on the asinine nonsense contracts of Brandon Rush, Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson, thus effectively clearing enough cap room for Howard. So, of course, they immediately turn around and sign Andre Iguodola with that money.
I suppose they could still do a sign-and-trade with the Lakers for Andrew Bogut’s contract and Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes. Only two problems there. One is that the Lakers are not at all interested in doing business with the Warriors, from everything they’ve said or kinda said or not really said but really said. For another, the numbers still don’t work and the Warriors don’t have a fourth guy to throw in, and so logistically I’m not sure it really works at all.
And for a third thing, if that deal does go through, ho man is that a thin team after Howard, Iggy and Stephen Curry. Sheesh. So they’re out.
3. The Mavericks are out. This headline just went up on ESPN.com. This marks the first time I’ve been wrong since ’82, because I totally thought he would go to Dallas to play alongside Dirk Nowitzki. Oh well.
Apparently Dwight’s people informed Mark Cuban that they are out of the running, and Cuban immediately notified the media via email. Howard did not give any inclination as to what team he did decide to go to.
4. So that leaves the Hawks and Rockets. I have been adamant during this whole thing that Howard is not going to the rockets. For one thing, I hate them. For another thing, it’s not really an ideal situation. They already blew their wad on Omer Asik to play center when they failed to get Pau Gasol last offseason. Unless they want to play two centers, they would have to unload Asik and his dumb contract somewhere else, and then all you have is Howard and James Harden and another paper thin team. So that leaves…
5. He’s going to the Hawks. I am going out on a limb and reporting this as fact. You can thank me after the fact. I was wrong, as I initially believed no sane person would ever want to play in Atlanta, but there you go. They are well under the salary cap, so they can basically mold the team around Howard however they see fit, with multiple other free agents coming in. They already have Al Horford and Kyle Korver as well, and Jeff Teague could be coming back. It’s really not a bad situation to fall into.
And it’s the one he’s going to fall into! You can take it to the bank.
(Dusty’s note: In this life, I play two games, and two games only. One is backgammon. The other is the lesser known, just as good, If I’m Wrong I’m Supposed To Be Wrong But If I’m Right I’m A Genius game. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.)
6. He has informed everyone but the Rockets that he will not be going there. So I was wrong about the Hawks. That’s the first time I’ve been wrong since ’82. Interesting to see how this shakes out now, because you gotta believe Asik is going to be all “Uh uh, I ain’t having this.” The Rockets could prove to be a legit championship contender next season if they can get the right package in return for Asik and his Adam’s apple.
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