By: DeMarrio Smith
The ripples from Lebron’s Decision created a wave a change in the NBA two years ago. Star players are now leaving smaller market teams for larger, more lucrative opportunities, owners are going millions over the luxury tax, and Dwight Howard’s attempt to leave Orlando still hasn’t been resolved.
Even before Miami’s Big 3 officially assembled, tension began to arise between Howard and the Orlando Magic. Despite having led the Magic to the NBA finals and numerous play-off appearances, Howard felt that the team wasn’t adding enough talent around him. The Magic, were however, adding players. They just weren’t very talented. The Magic were signing an arsenal of mediocre players to really expensive contracts, and trading for players who drastically underperformed. Thus leading to Play-off Purgatory; every year, Orlando would be a top 5 team in the east because they had Howard, they just weren’t ever good enough to win a title.
When Deron Williams existed Utah for New Jersey and Carmelo Anthony left Denver for New York, an opportunity presented itself for Howard. He could leave Orlando, which he saw limited progress for himself partially due to the size of its market, and possibly expand his brand and legacy elsewhere. For weeks, sports media discussed the probability of Howard leaving; where would he play for, and whether or not they could win a championship with him.
At first the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets were the front runners for Howard, but after signing Amare’ Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony to long term extensions, the Knicks would soon bail out of the race for Howard. The Carmelo trade diminished the New York roster of all of its valuable talent, which the Magic would also be highly interested in if trade talks were to progress. A trade to New Jersey seemed almost assured for Howard. Although, the Nets had traded significant pieces for Deron Williams, they still possessed Brook Lopez and 1st round draft picks. Many assumed this would be enough to land the star center in New Jersey.
A few weeks after trade talks opened between New Jersey and Orlando, they were abruptly closed. The Magic decided that they were going to try and convince Howard to stay, and they weren’t going to try and move him until the trade deadline.
Somehow, like Magic, Dwight Howard opts into another contracted year with the Orlando Magic. And what’s more baffling is what Howard does after he signs with Magic.
Howard wrote a statement proclaiming that although he opted into his contract and is staying another year, he will still be testing out the free agent market after the year is over and has no intentions of resigning with the Magic.
Now that the 2012 finals are over and we are well into the free agency period, Howard has got to be signed by now. Right?
To the dismay of all ex-Dwight Howard fans, no it is not.
New Jersey, or the Brooklyn Nets now, had re-entered the Howard trade talks just to drop out of it again. The Rockets would love to trade everyone on their roster for Howard, but Houston isn’t the market Howard is looking for. Atlanta, after moving Joe Johnson to the Nets, are also rumored to be in the trade talks as well. But it is the Los Angeles Lakers who are now leading the Howard trade talks. The proposed trade would send Howard to the Lakers, Bynum to the Cavaliers, and draft picks to the Magic. The acquisition of Howard would make the Lakers the favorite to come out the west, but who really knows where Howard will land.
Round and Round we go on this Merry-go.
As you know the NBA draft is tonight, and everybody know’s that anthony davis from The National Champions Kentucky wild cats will be taken number 1 by New Orleans. The question that remains who is next? Micheal Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats follows with the number 2 pick. Even though this draft isn’t filled with all star players such as that 2003 and historic 1996 which had KG, Iverson, Nash, Kobe and others. The Bobcats find themeves facing a hard decision. Seeing that they had the worst record ever a season ago, personally the pick to go with is Thomas Robinson from Kansas. He is obviously the most NBA ready, coming second to Anthony Davis in the National Player of The Year. 6 foot 9 power forward With Great discipline on offense and defense will do micheal Jordan some good in that front court.
Bradley Beal from Florida is a promising selection, scouts compare him to Ray Allen. Washington will be lucky to grab him at Pick 3, cause I doubt if Charlotte picks him up seeing that they just traded for Ben Gordon. Beal and Wall will be a bad back court to handle in the future.
The sleepers in this draft is a guard from Weber St. Damian Lillard, he average 23 points a game and is a a great decision maker. He is questionable because he didn’t play in a big conference but there’s nothing like a player with a point to prove.
At tonight’s draft don’t be don’t surprise if you see a lot of trades and surprises. Like Houston trying to acquire Dwight Howard. Certain teams needs to question certain moves like drafting not ready players such as Micheal Kidd-Gilchrest from Kentucky or Andrew Drummond from UConn. It should interesting but always remember right now is always better than potential, just hope teams take this in consideration before they call David Stern.
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