Apr 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Magic defeated the Sixers 88-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Dwight Howard Won’t Re-Sign With the Lakers If Traded To LA, Because He’s A Douche


As our man Chris Shellcroft already told you, the Dwight Howard-Andrew Bynum trade talks resumed between the L.A. Lakers and the Orlando Magic as a result of Dwight Howard being a total douchebag and wanting out of Orlando after opting-in for the 2012-13 season, which came after trade requests, which came after denials and intention to opt-in, and now you’re confused.

But don’t be, Laker fans. Because now, Dwight Howard has confirmed to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski that he won’t re-sign with the Lakers if the Magic trade him to L.A. for Andrew Bynum. From Woj:

As the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and other teams prepare possible trade offers for him, Howard told Yahoo! by phone that, “There’s only one team on my list and if I don’t get traded there, I’ll play the season out and explore my free agency after that.”

Howard wouldn’t specify the team, but multiple league sources believe that it is the Brooklyn Nets.

This pretty much confirms what we all knew: Dwight Howard won’t stay in Los Angeles to play his career out in the purple and gold and win championships. He’d rather go to a crappy organization known primarily for losing in the NBA Finals a pair of times (and once to the L.A. Lakers).

Regardless, it’s fair to say that Andrew Bynum isn’t that much better in the “not douchebag” category, but the difference is that Bynum wants to be a Laker — or so we assume — and Dwight Howard does not.

It’s also fair to note that Andrew Bynum is in a contract year himself, but the odds of re-signing Bynum — which will wind up being a max contract, with the Portland Trailblazers setting the market price for solid starting big men — is a lot greater, giving us a major piece to build around moving forward.

We have our gripes with Bynum, but in one less year in the NBA, ‘Drew has wanted nothing to do with the Lakers many times less than Dwight Howard has. Sure, Howard’s been a perennial All-Star and Bynum barely made his first appearance as a starter in 2012, but it isn’t as if Bynum has been a legitimate and consistent second option as much as Howard has been a legit and consistent first option in Orlando.

But now that Howard has, once again, turned a blind eye to the Lakers’ organization? Despite the fact that we may have issues in terms of being a premier destination? This is still pretty treacherous and douche-y of Howard, even if his big mouth saves us from giving up Andrew Bynum and other assets.

I’m sure I speak for 99 percent of Lakers fans when I say this: F*ck you, Dwight Howard.

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  • BigErn

    I disagree.
    Bynum can leave after 1 year and so can Howard. This is business not a feel-good contest.
    I’d rather have a chance to give Howard a max contract than Bynum.
    Howard is a defensive  “superstar’, Bynum is’nt.
    If Howard plays a year in L.A., and decides to leave, he’s stupid! I don’t believe it would happen.

  • Chris Shellcroft

    Howard isn’t Lakers material. He isn’t fit to be the next great Laker big. There is no way he’ll be able to handle the pressure that comes with wearing purple and gold. There is no way he is going to be comfortable playing with an alpha dog like Kobe. There is, however, a 1000% chance he wants to be more Hollywood than botox. This dude is out to get his ego stroked, not to win titles.

  • J Taylor

    Bynum and Howard both poisoned the wells in which they drink.
     
    I’d trade for howard in a heart beat. why?
    Let him taste success and fame of hollywood. Grow the fanbase and support of the NBA. Let the situation settle, and the reality that if he opts out, he’ll be hated. Bring in Josh Smith and let him betray his own friend by leaving.
     
    Create a situation where he can’t leave without being despised, hated, and revered. Also, put him in a situation where he sees that the Lakers are committed to winning, whereas 25 of the 32 other teams aren’t as close to winning a championship and may never provide him one in the next 4-5 years of his prime.
     
    Being a “girlie man” and abandoning a team like the Magic (or Cavaliers) isnt the same as abandoning the Lakers for an upstart called the Nets.

  • carlosatUCLA

     @Chris Shellcroft That’s all Howard’s ever been about, it looks like. He’s doing this all for an ego boost. Laker fans have no problem asking for Howard’s ouster if titles don’t come rolling in, and all Howard does is try to go out of his way to not seem like a jerk. Pretty bad fit.

  • carlosatUCLA

     @BigErn It very well could. Andrew Bynum hasn’t been the first option on offense (hell, he barely became a second option this season, and it wasn’t all that clear-cut most times), and when he was the first option defensively (remember when Phil just told the guards to funnel the ball-handlers to the paint for Bynum to obliterate?), he was a superstar. 
     
    Bynum checks out, but I’m convinced that Dwight checked out too in Orlando at times (especially this last year), and he’s the *first option* on his team. Checking out when you aren’t getting the ball, and checking out when you’re unhappy with your team are totally different, and the latter is the worst kind.