GSW Hoops Fan wrote: 32 wrote:
GSW Hoops Fan wrote:The only way I could see this as a positive would be if they were trading Beans and Wright for Howard. Throw in a couple of picks and ok, i'll take him for a year as a backup to Bogut.
You also have to remember that he is coming off back surgery, so no way would I give up any of my starting 5 for him to play half a season. But if he is coming off the bench in the last half, and in the playoffs... I can see that as being a positive. But there has to be another team out there willing to give more then that.
Howard playing behind Bogut, you say?
You must have missed my sarcasm... I don't care if he didn't play at all if we traded Beans and Jeferson (or Dorel), that clears some cap space for us and he "could" play backup Center while his back is recovering. It wouldn't be like it mattered how much he complains, because we know he would be gone the next season. Just no way do we trade any of the starting 5 for a hurt cry-baby center who is gone next year.
Ah, yes. Sorry, I must be a step slow today haha.
Regarding the theme of the thread (which has morphed into the Warriors' willingness to roll the dice on Howard), is there really anybody that can claim that Dwight Howard isn't one of the few, unlimitedly talented individuals in this league that you bet the farm on if given the chance? He's the best center by far, the best defensive player in a landslide, sadistically determined, genetically awe-inspiring, with a combination of size, power, and vertical that NOBODY in the league has displayed possibly ever
. And he will continue to play at that level for a minimum of 5 more years. Barring injury or freak accidents occuring, Howard is an instant-ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals every year for the Orlando Magic. How many players can say that they mean THAT much to a team? Cause, according to this year's bracket, Kobe and Chris Paul can't. So that leaves you with who? LeBron, Durant, Derek Rose, and Dwight Howard? And you guys are claiming you wouldn't give up Andrew Bogut for him? (leave the extension out of this discussion, because Howard will re-sign if he buys into the roster and the front office)
I'm not saying lets go haphazardly mortgage every desirable asset we have for a one-year rental player, but if you can surround Dwight Howard with David Lee and Stephen Curry, that's officially the best team he's ever played for (regardless of however else you fill in the cracks). We surrender Bogut, along with Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, a future 1st, and Andris Biedrins. We get a return deposit of Dwight Howard and, say, Big Baby Davis. The lineup becomes:
PG: Steph Curry / Charles Jenkins
SG: Brandon Rush / Dorell Wright
SF: Richard Jefferson / Dominic McGuire
PF: David Lee / Glen Davis
C: Dwight Howard / Festus Ezeli
You guys are telling me Howard won't resign to play with Curry and Lee? You're saying you doubt we'd be able to find a veteran wing player who will take the MLE to be the 4th gun on that squad? A guy like, say, Ray Allen?
Come on, gentlemen. I'm beyond stoked at the current state of this roster. But Dwight Howard? He's one of 5 guys in this entire league you bet the farm on. If Orlando wants Bogut along with either Curry or Lee, kabosh the deal. But if we can get Dwight Howard for Andrew Bogut and prospects, than I'm sorry. You pull the trigger. The difference between Bogut and Andris Biedrins will be abundant, obvious, and great next year. The difference between Bogut and Howard is an equally impressive leap. We're talking about the only 20, 12, and 3 guy in the league.