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#121 Majesty

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Posted May 18, 2013 - 08:57 PM

^^ Indiana wouldn't do that. Lol
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And we would be stupid to.

A fully healthy Dwight is better on both ends than Hibbert.


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#122 Majesty

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Posted May 19, 2013 - 01:39 AM

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So not only did he lead the league in rebounds he was 2nd in the league in field goal percentage?

Talk about underappreciated by some.

Also

Pre All-Star: 16.3 ppg on 57.8% FG's and 49.5% FT's, 11.8 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 1.1 spg, 3.0 topg's

Post All-Star: 18.4 ppg on 57.8% FG's and 48.8% FT's, 13.6 rpg, 2.6 bpg, 1.2 spg, 2.9 topg's

Not only that

But Dwight Howard shot 61.9% from the field against the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs when their entire defense was designed to stop him.


Yeah, we REALLY NEED this guy :)    Hope some people stop trying to argue the opposite.

 


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Posted May 19, 2013 - 03:51 PM

Anyone who wants hibbert over Howard needs to start watching another sport

Marc gasol has a career year and so does hibbert (well career averages anyways)

And Howard has a down year on a team with a lot of people wanting the ball

Howard out produces all of them in every statistical category and essentially puts up bynum's career highs as well

All in a down year, what does that tell you? At howards worst he's still better than every other center. At his worst he still significantly out produces every other center
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Posted May 19, 2013 - 03:56 PM

As I wrote last week, Dwight Howard's interest in the Houston Rockets is real. He'll definitely consider them and speak with James Harden.

 

 

Dwight Howard will be weighing all of his options this summer. He's going shopping and considering all teams. Lakers will have competition.

 

 

The Nets will likely pursue Dwight Howard this summer. There's still mutual interest. But will the Lakers be open to a sign-and-trade?

 

If he's to leave us.. rather him go to East.


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Posted May 19, 2013 - 03:57 PM

As I wrote last week, Dwight Howard's interest in the Houston Rockets is real. He'll definitely consider them and speak with James Harden.

 

 

Dwight Howard will be weighing all of his options this summer. He's going shopping and considering all teams. Lakers will have competition.



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 04:00 PM

Though Howard is adamant that his free agency not be marred by the circus-like environment that surrounded his departure from Orlando last summer, word already has spread to multiple levels of his support staff that Howard re-signing with the Lakers is far from a done deal. 

With six weeks to go before Howard becomes an unrestricted free agent, the team that is said to intrigue him the most is the Houston Rockets, according to multiple people briefed on internal conversations surrounding Howard's free-agent decision. The Rockets have a young star, James Harden, who has proved himself worthy of playing the leading role for the franchise; a budding 3-point shooting threat in Chandler Parsons; a defensive-minded coach in Kevin McHale; and Omer Asik, the kind of 7-footer Howard is believed to want next to him in the frontcourt. 

The Rockets are a couple of minor moves away from having room to sign Howard; they have a team option on Francisco Garcia's $6.4 million and Carlos Delfino's $3 million is fully non-guaranteed, for example. If they chose to or needed to make a trade to create room, they have numerous attractive young players on tradable contracts, such as 2012 No. 5 pick Thomas Robinson. Such assets could be moved to a team or teams under the cap to create room or packaged in a possible sign-and-trade with L.A. -- if the Lakers became convinced that Howard would leave and they'd receive nothing in return.
 

The Mavericks represent another franchise that intrigues Howard, and Dallas is a minor transaction or two away from having enough room to sign Howard outright as an unrestricted free agent. Howard plans to explore all such options, and a person briefed on his plans told CBSSports.com that there are "several" teams the free-agent center is "going to take a hard look at." 

The clear advantage for the Lakers in their effort to re-sign Howard is the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, which allows L.A. to give Howard a five-year deal with annual increases based on 7.5 percent of his first-year salary in a new deal -- which will be in excess of $20 million. Another team with cap room to sign Howard could only give him a four-year deal with 4.5 percent annual increases -- the same arrangement Howard would be limited to if he agreed to leave via a sign-and-trade. 

But Howard is only 27, and barring a career-ending injury, he'll clearly get one more max deal after this one. A four-year deal with an opt-out after three years, for example, would in some ways be preferable to Howard because he'd hit the open market again at age 30 and could then secure his five-year max deal. Also, by signing with a team in Texas -- where the Rockets and Mavs obviously reside -- Howard would reap substantial savings by paying no state income tax. According to some early estimates, Howard's tax savings in Texas could approach $10 million over four years. 

Though league sources acknowledge that it would be difficult for Howard to leave L.A. and its off-court branding opportunities, Howard would find himself in somewhat of a dead-end in terms of the talent surrounding him with the Lakers going forward. If the Lakers re-signed Howard, even the bold move of amnestying Pau Gasol and his $19.3 million contract would leave them too far over the luxury-tax line to have access to anything beyond the taxpayer mid-level exception and minimum contracts to improve the roster. Teams that are $4 million or more above the tax line cannot use the full mid-level or bi-annual exceptions to sign free agents. Also, Kobe Bryant, 35, is coming off surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon. 

In the summer of 2014, when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and other stars become free agents, the Lakers would only have Howard and Steve Nash under contract. Among the key questions Howard will be asking himself in the next six weeks is whether he's willing to endure another difficult season in L.A. with the prospect of rebuilding in 2014-15. The Rockets would have Howard, Harden, Asik, Parsons and Jeremy Lin at that point, with flexibility to further upgrade the roster. 

One of the people briefed on Howard's plans stressed that no decision has been made on his impending free agency. But with so many options available and issues in play, Howard doesn't seem to be on track for the kind of quick decision the Lakers were hoping for so they'd have time to plan their offseason. 

In short: Let the Dwightmare begin. Again.

 

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Posted May 19, 2013 - 04:02 PM

I am not sure if this has been brought up before, but how many of you would rather have Dwight walk and have the Lakers go after CP3? What is better to have for the future? A center or a point guard?



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 04:02 PM

"according to multiple people briefed on internal conversations surrounding Howard's free-agent decision."

Clever play on words

But ultimately meaning nothing.  Howard is gonna shop ALL teams but give the Lakers the first opportunity and offer to re-sign him. 

Pretty much that simple and he's earned that right.


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Posted May 19, 2013 - 04:53 PM

I've learned not to listen to a thing that the media says about Dwight, at least not this far from July.

I've come to doubt most of the stuff that Alex Kennedy says. Last season it was him that created most of the Dwightmare rumors. Remember when the Lakers and Magic were "close" to deals with teams like the Wolves and the Cavs, yet later we find out that it was barely discussed?

To make a long story short, Kennedy is like that socially-troubled girl in high school that liked to create unneeded drama.

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Posted May 19, 2013 - 04:59 PM

All these reporters did was report the obvious. Dwight would be stupid to not be intrigued by the Rockets.



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 05:01 PM

I've learned not to listen to a thing that the media says about Dwight, at least not this far from July.

I've come to doubt most of the stuff that Alex Kennedy says. Last season it was him that created most of the Dwightmare rumors. Remember when the Lakers and Magic were "close" to deals with teams like the Wolves and the Cavs, yet later we find out that it was barely discussed?

To make a long story short, Kennedy is like that socially-troubled girl in high school that liked to create unneeded drama.


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Posted May 19, 2013 - 05:07 PM

He said very little that we haven't known. The Lakers still have the advantage, but it's by no means a lock.

 

The Lakers have looked bad all season. That goes back to last off-season. There's no getting around that. They made bad roster moves last off-season, hired an awful head coach, and refused to do anything about a team that was clearly struggling all season.

 

I can certainly see why he would have doubts about the Lakers going forward.


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Posted May 19, 2013 - 05:09 PM

He said very little that we haven't known. The Lakers still have the advantage, but it's by no means a lock.

 

The Lakers have looked bad all season. That goes back to last off-season. There's no getting around that. They made bad roster moves last off-season, hired an awful head coach, and refused to do anything about a team that was clearly struggling all season.

 

I can certainly see why he would have doubts about the Lakers going forward.



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 05:20 PM



biggest and most unfair misconception Laker fans give.

 

Jamison, Meeks, and Nash didn't work out. A number of Nash's problems weren't his fault, but the Lakers clearly didn't plan well around him. His defense became an issue because the Lakers didn't surround him with good defense. In turn, he didn't really help more than he hurt.

 

And obviously, the Lakers made no roster moves until the very end with Goudelock.


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Posted May 19, 2013 - 05:26 PM

I am not sure if this has been brought up before, but how many of you would rather have Dwight walk and have the Lakers go after CP3? What is better to have for the future? A center or a point guard?

A center......no doubt about it.


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Posted May 19, 2013 - 05:56 PM

Dwight Howard will take a good look at his free agency options other than the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason. The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks are two of the teams that could end up wooing the free agent center, CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports.

While the Lakers were hoping for a relatively quick decision from Howard to re-sign with them, sources told Berger that they believe the big man will give his free agency a lot of thought. Although Los Angeles could offer Howard a five-year deal and higher increased pay from year to year compared to a team that signs him away as an unrestricted free agent, there are other, non-monetary advantages if Howard were to leave Lakerland.

 

 

 

 

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Posted May 19, 2013 - 06:03 PM

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You can cross Clippers off list of Dwight suitors, btw. Not happening for multiple reasons, according to sources

 

Btw, in reference to Berger's "new" info, did anyone really think Dwight re-signing was a foregone conclusion? 

 

Of course he was going to take a serious look at other teams, it's ignorant on a whole different level to think he wasn't going to see what was out there. 



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 06:24 PM


And we would be stupid to.

A fully healthy Dwight is better on both ends than Hibbert.

 

at least Hibbert can hit freethrows and won't be a liability during crunchtime.. y'all saw what he did to the knicks?


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Posted May 19, 2013 - 06:25 PM

d12 in red not looking good.


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Posted May 19, 2013 - 06:29 PM

D12's  FG% stat is a joke. Dude scores mostly dunks and needs to be spoon fed. What would you expect.

 

Anyway I think offensively challenged Big Men cannot be the franchise player in this league anymore.

 

If they accept their role (Lopez/Hibbert) then ok ... If they want the ball to come to them all the time on offense - then they will do more harm than good.






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