Apr 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after a turnover during the fourth quarter at Amway Center. New York defeated Orlando, 96-80. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
According to league sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Orlando brass got fed up with Howard’s yes-no-maybe posturing and threatened to trade him to the Lakers, not his desired location, if he did not sign an agreement to waive the opt-out clause for the final season of his contract. Howard eventually signed the papers, but only after he was told "he would be a Laker by the end of the day," according to one source.
That's almost enough to make me like him more, except when you factor in all the other crazy stuff he's been up to lately. And about that; many writers are counting down the days till the big breakup in Orlando.
The dysfunctional pursuit of eternal happiness is backfiring on the Orlando Magic. It is becoming impossible to like Dwight Howard, who wants so desperately to be liked. The Magic desperately want to keep him, but now he must leave. It's as if no one on either side of the table thought this mess through all the way to the end. The outcome is inevitable. Howard cannot stay in Orlando, because, A) he appears to hold power over the franchise, and B) more threatening, he doesn't know what to do with the power.
So, I guess the questions still have to be asked:
1) Would you still want Dwight Howard on the Celtics?
2) Is there any reasonable chance we could get him here in the offseason?