Tired of hearing about the Dwightmare that seems to take a new turn every day? Yeah, me too. With the latest turn of events we see that Dwight Howard reportedly has said that he plans to play in Brooklyn next season. This coming from a source close to ESPN basketball insider, Stephen A. Smith. Here’s what the source said via BleacherReport:
D12 allegedly went on to say that the swingman “should have waited” until next year, when the two stars could have wound up in Brooklyn together.”
Notice the fact that the report says that Dwight spoke to Rudy Gay “on the court” regarding Brooklyn. The Lakers haven’t played either The Grizzlies or The Raptors since the trade that sent Gay to Toronto went down. This leads to questions of credibility about the source that gave out this kind of information. Is it just another story to fire up the rumor mill? Does it have any clout in the sports world whatsoever? These are questions that lead me to believe that these reports are highly exaggerated or fabricated entirely.
This was also taken from the BleacherReport article regarding Howard wanting to go to The Nets:
Ryan Ruocco, Smith’s co-host on the radio program, asked if Dwight was “delusional” by thinking he is still going to wind up in Brooklyn. Smith confirmed that D12 truly believes he will be a Net and that the star center thinks he can make something happen to get there in the near future.
It’s because of stories like this that make me nervous about where Dwight will be at the start of next season. Whether or not the report is true about Dwight speaking to Gay on the court, it doesn’t cover up the fact that Dwight may very well have his sights set on Brooklyn and not Los Angeles.
That February 21st trade deadline is coming in hot, and who knows what moves (if any) Mitch Kupchak is going to make. I feel if the Los Angeles front office isn’t at least 80% sure Dwight Howard will resign with The Lakers we need to trade him. The worst possible scenario would be Dwight leaving to free agency and Los Angeles getting absolutely nothing but the door shutting behind Dwight as he leaves Staples Center. However, it’s still unlikely that Mitch will make a move even if Dwight wants to leave due to the foot injury to Pau Gasol. Gasol is still up to 7 weeks from returning to the lineup, and LA can’t afford to be without a big man until then. The Lakers front office would have to trade Dwight for another big man such as Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets in order for a trade to work without leaving The Lakers in a situation where they lack a front court entirely.
Personally, I hope Dwight Howard stays with Los Angeles; sure he’s not been the power house Dwight Howard we all knew, but he has the potential to be. Once all this hype over The Lakers dissipates and Dwight continues to heal and move forward from his back injury last April, he’ll come back to being more of his former dominating self. One thing Dwight needs to know is that when Kobe Bryant retires (unfortunately, he has to at some point), Dwight will become the centerpiece of
Los Angeles, it will become his team. Kobe could play a few more years should he so choose, but if The Mamba sticks to his guns he plans on calling it quits at age 35. His 35th birthday would land right before the start of the next and possibly final season for Kobe Bryant.
Can Dwight wait that long? Does he even want to be King in LA? More questions about the Dwightmare continue to circulate and won’t likely cease until Dwight lands somewhere and inks a long-term contract. I want to hear what you think, where do you think Dwight will end up after this season? I suppose only time can truly tell.