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Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 11:02 am  |  107 responses

Dwight Howard Admits He’s Thinking About Leaving Orlando


Esquire‘s Scott Raab sat down with Dwight Howard for a candid conversation in the magazine’s new issue, and during their talk the Magic big man inferred that he’s been thinking about leaving Orlando once his contract is up. Here’s a sample: “SR: Do you think that the drive to represent, on an iconic level, will be a factor in your free agency? Do you see yourself in a much larger market? DH: There’s more you can do in a bigger place. I’m stuck in a tough position because I feel like right now, where I’m at, I’ve done so much. And I just don’t know what else I can do. I can’t live for everybody else. I don’t know what decision I’m gonna make as of right now. It’s been crazy. Everybody wants me to come here, come play here, come to our team, do this. It’s a great feeling, though, to be wanted. SR: You’re gone. I can feel it. DH: The toughest part for me is the city — the people. They’ve got burgers named after me in Orlando, they’ve got a Web site saying, “Please stay.” I love the people in the city. I’ve literally sat on the bench with a towel on my head crying, because I feel the passion in the stands. I just think about what’s going to be best for what I want to accomplish in my life. And I don’t want that door to close on me, wherever that door is. I don’t want it to close. SR: Just don’t do it as an hour-long ESPN special. Please. DH: That’s not me.”

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  • Al

    …. I think I’m gonna be sick.

  • cramzy

    gone!!! he’s sooooo gone. He shouldn’t feel guilty about it tho. He has to do what’s best for him because these organizations look out for themselves as well. The same people that will dog him for leaving will dog him if he stays and doesn’t win a chip, then tell him he should leave when he’s too over the hill to do it alone.

  • Jeremy

    I guess he decided to stop planking and come up with this gem. Nice Dwight.

  • AD

    dnt be surprised if you see him n brooklyn………..

  • Gman

    if you look closely, Bosh cried.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    This is like music to my ears..

  • vtrobot

    If they have burgers named after you, you should def stay, dude.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    damn its quite obvious he is GONE!! where to…well ofcourse a handful of places we can all njame off the top. Still, he’s gone like the wind. i understand to. DWIGHT IS A BEAST and carries his team and still doesnt get the recognition as other star players do

  • D12FSU

    I’m crying with a towel on my head from reading this

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Bet you the new CBA will have a franchise tag.

  • MLK4Life

    This isn’t news. At all. But Dwight will need a top tier PG or two guard because you can’t give him the ball in clutch moments or at the end of the game because he cannot make his foul shots. All you have to do to take him out of the game is foul him or make him go to the line.

  • BballLH13

    Built a brand new arena for you!?

  • marc

    Watch him not go because of the new CBA

  • NJ4Life

    Where Brooklyn At?

  • HAMMER

    “And I just don’t know what else I can do”. How bout winning a title, Dwight? Instead of being concerned with hamburgers.
    Personally, he seems content with what he’s done in Orlando. Resting on his laurels, maybe? I don’t know. This interview tho doesn’t solve anything. Its still up in the air as what he wants to do.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    HES GOING TO THE SPURS. I KNOW IT. HE WANTS RINGS AND AN ELITE COACH WHO CAN MAKE HIM EVEN BETTER. EVEN WITH OLD TIM AND MANU, ITS A GREAT TEAM. TONY IS STILL YOUNG ENOUGH. THIS HAS TO HAPPEN. ITS THE SMARTEST MOVE FOR DWIGHT.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    15 posts, a few Brooklyns, but no Lakers post year. hmmm. strange for SLAM lol

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    *yet, not year

  • swizzy

    Remember how you feel when you want to leave your girlfriend but don’t know how and when you gonna do it?…right…here you are. Heartbreak Hotel is in Orlando right?

  • Rainman

    in this case u cant blame the guy, he’s really done as much as he can, but the team has been unwilling to make SMART deals, to get him the help he needs. He’s not gonna go and abandon a team that has shown the willingness and the ability to get him the help he needs, and do it in public on a one hour espn special. Im with Dwight on this, he goes? thats best for him, he stays? thats very respectable and Steve Nash-esque.

  • Rainman

    just dont go to the lakers , u WILL be hated lol. And of course, the comparisons to Shaq that u so want to get away from will intensify.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Well, f*ck. Where are all my Magic fans at? D12FSU put it best.

  • truthteller

    Orlando have a knack for having great players and not knowing what to do with them! Shaq, Penny, Grant Hill, T-Mac, Vince Carter and now Dwight

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    truthteller: True, but Vince was a rotting corpse when Orlando got him.

  • MLK4Life

    @truthteller
    Grant Hill caught the injury bug. Can’t blame Orlando for that.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    when will u ppl LEARN! NO ONE HAS TO STAY WITH THE TEAM THAT DRAFTED THEM!!!!! geez

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Hello Brooklyn or LA. I hope Bynum & Lopez both have a bag packed in-case they get whisked off to Orlando. Personally I’d like to see Dwight in Brooklyn w/ Dwill and Kris Kardashian

  • JWG

    “I’ve done so much. And I just don’t know what else I can do.”

    Well, you can actually diversify your post-game so that you’re harder to defend and won’t always have to rely on pure athleticism to get your points. You can work on blocking shots back to your own teammates rather than into the stands, so you gain possession and can initiate fast breaks. You can develop a mid-range jumper to help draw other centers away from the basket and open up more lanes for your teammates. Stuff like that.

  • AD

    idk if u uys know about this but dwill said he wasnted 2 play with dwill and anthony morrow… do ya still need a clue….

  • slamfan4life

    chicago chicago chicago

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Probably Lakers.

  • Thor

    Co-sign JWG, You said it.

  • mgballer

    hes coming to BOSTON!!!. only rondo n pierce under contract in 2012!!!! Rondo throws it up to SUPERMAN for the SLAM!!! GIVE HIM A TOMMY POINT!!!

  • AD

    *dhoward wants to play with dwill and anthony morrow lol

  • paul

    When he talks about going to a big place, well, that sounds like LA.

    But Boston has got to be pretty attractive… tremendous history, not far from New York, and Rajon Rondo…

  • JD

    Miami – wouldn’t that be funny ;D

  • O

    I’d love for him to come to the Knicks, but that ain’t going to happen. I always figured he’d end up with the Lakers, but Boston IS looking pretty attractive as is Brooklyn. They’d have D-Will, Dwight, a Kardashian and money left over to complete a team around them. A Brooklyn team with them looks championship worthy within the next 5 years.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    If anything, I want to see Dwight play with Kevin Durant!

  • jayygee

    warriors warriors warriors

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Co-sign AD; the idea of going to the Nets sounds… well… stupid. He’d leave a bad non-defensive/heart situation for a worse non-defensive/heart situation.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Dwight and Deron Williams + the cast of Power Rangers makes a better team then what he has in Orlando.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Definately going to the Lakers…

  • T-Money

    this should worry magic fans the most: “Stan’s a great guy away from basketball. He’s passionate. He loves the game. I have no problem with him off the court. The only thing I had a real problem with was the way he coached.” / i don’t think dwight is going to l.a. because jim buss is in love with drew bynum. he’s just not getting rid of drew. i think it’s a done deal for dwight in brookly with deron.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Well obviously, I’d love to see him in Chicago, especially if it came with the added bonus of getting rid of Boozer as well.
    But I think he’s likely LA or Brooklyn bound.
    Although, I think I’d rather see him as a Clipper than a Laker.
    Can you imagine Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin on the same squad?
    Opposing front lines would cower in their Nikes nightly.

  • NJ4Life

    Dwight to Brooklyn instantly makes Nets-Knicks one of the best current rivalries, and Xmas game worthy.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Co-sign Engimatic on the Clipps being a good destination. They would have to give up probably half of their team for DHow (EG/DJordan/CKaman/Aminu) but it would be a good trade. The clips could dominate the west for the next decade with a DHow/BGriff frontline but it will never happen with Donald Sterling running things.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    And it squashes any chance the Knicks have at being the best team in their own state. Cuz Dwight w/ any shooter in the world is better then Melo & Stat. Dwight w/ Deron Williams, that’s trouble, even for Chicago & Miami….eventually

  • jdote

    I wish he would go to the Clippers! He can’t want to be in Shaq’s shadow that much to go to LA, and I think it’s stupid to keep building super teams out west, and not realize the east is there for the taking since Kobe is getting older. Shout out to Enigmatic for the Clipper idea.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    JTaylor – Dwight could just ride out the next year of his contract, decline his player option, become an unrestricted free agent and just sign with the Clips as a FA.
    They’ll shed Chris Kaman’s $12 million contract after this year, so if they could just either trade Mo Williams for another expiring contract or convince him to decline his player option and take less money (ha ha yeah right…but then again he might be down to do it to emulate his crush LeBron) then they could just sign Dwight outright and only lose Kaman and potentially Williams.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If you think Orlando is going to let what happened to Cleveland & Toronto happen to them then you are crazy. Especially with the new CBA and the fact that you won’t be getting anywhere near real value to dwight in return, might as well atleast get your money back. They have to trade him. Brooklyn, LA, and Houston are the only teams I see as even possibilities for Dwight.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    But if Dwight did go to the Clippers, they’d seriously need to fire Vinny Del Negro because dude is just NOT a coach that can lead any team to a title.
    Sign Howard, fire Del Negro (replace him with ANYONE – Jim O’Brien, Mike Dunleavy again, James Goldstein, Ralph Lawler, Clipper Darrell!!) find a way to poison Donald Sterling, and the Clips would be set.

  • jdote

    I said the exact opposite of what I meant. Brooklyn, Knicks, Miami are the three super teams out east. Someone should recognize the west is getting weaker and build a team out there. Also, it’s cool if he goes to LA, but not the Lakers, because Shaq went there. Nevertheless, I think Atlanta wouldn’t be a bad place to end up either.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I absolutely believe Orlando would let what happened to Cleveland and Toronto happen to them.
    Cause it’s Orlando.
    They signed Rashard Lewis.
    They traded for Gilbert Arenas and Hedo.
    They actually think they can keep Howard.
    Otis and them are not very smart.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    They sound just like Cleveland. Except Cleveland let LeBron go for nothing, surely Orlando had to have seen that. If Dwight doesn’t sign by the end of January he is going to get traded.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    ^And Dwight will keep leading them on, making it seem like he wants to stay… until he signs elsewhere.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    nbk: “Surely Orlando had to have seen that.”
    Otis Smith: “No we didn’t…and don’t call us Shirley”.
    Ha ha nah, you’re probably right.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lmao if they don’t then Otis Smith should be fired the day Dwight becomes a free agent. And the Owner will probably have to create his own font to express his anger and disappointment.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Bledsoe EG Aminu Blake Dwight sounds scary..
    Westbrook KD Dwight would be even more scarier but that’s not happening.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I got a good chuckle at that Knicks won’t even be the best team in their state comment from the jilted Suns fan. Like the Knicks are going to sit on their hands and not making anymore quality additions to their team, should Dwight end up on the Nets.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Come home Dwight, ATL needs you.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Soop – I have a feeling Rich Devos is way too old and rich to care about what happens to Dwight Howard either way.
    His reaction would probably be something along the lines of “oh, what a shame. He was such a nice young man” and then he’d go right back to sleep. lol
    Nah, I’m sure he’d be upset, he does seem a bit more involved with his team than most owners.
    Not Mark Cuban-involved, but still.
    @IAMORANGE – and what quality additions could they possibly add with Melo and Amare commanding a combined $40 million?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I doesn’t matter if CP somehow ends up in NY, the Knicks aren’t wining a chip until Melo and Amare improve defensively and given that Melo’s in his 9th season and Amare’s in his 10th, that ship has sailed.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    *It*

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    HAHA they can’t make any additions in New York. Unless you can coupe the Hornets into trading Chris Paul for Chauncey Billups and Landry Fields. Which would be the most lopsided trade in NBA history. And I don’t give a damn what happens to the Suns, especially with Robert Sarver running things.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    That’s what impressed me most about Dirk Nowitzki.
    He stayed loyal to the franchise that made him who he is.
    In the end it all payed off.
    It will not be like this for every pro but it’s a road that will have some die hard fans that admire you for what you gave them over the years – chip or no chip.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Dallas is a big market, with a great owner, and the best facilities in the league. Orlando has NONE of those things..

  • B

    Crazy how people constantly knocks the knicks on here… Dirk ain’t got a lick of D n he won… Just surround them with a good cast as with dirk n they would definitely dominate… Haters!!!!

  • zach

    Chauncey and Fields for CP wouldn’t be nearly as lopsided as the Gasol trade. Nothing will ever top that.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Grizzlies got back over $10M in cap space (which netted them Zach Randolph), and Marc Gasol. I can make a pretty good argument that Memphis won that trade in the long run.

  • EtheKnickFan

    DHoward, Stat, Melo, CP3, and that popcorn girl on the mezzinine level at the garden = Chip!

  • zach

    The Lakers got two chips. What can top that for the next 5 seasons?

  • bike

    I wish these so called franchise players would knock this speculative talk about going elsewhere off already. If you want to go Dwight, then make up your mind already and go where you think you can do so much more in a bigger place. All you are doing is acting like a spoiled prima donna who is attempting to retain the love of your fans as you fly the coop. Just keep a towel over your head and cry your eyes out about the passion you are going to abandon.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Three. I’m not saying I personally think Memphis won the trade, but in terms of personnel the argument is their that they did. More flexibility, production, & players. Obviously the two titles LA won are a trump card, but it’s safe to assume Memphis would still be stuck right on the outside of the playoff picture if they hadn’t made that trade. Because they had literally zero assets other then Pau, so in terms of being built to make the playoffs for the foreseeable future, Memphis at least improved. A lopsided trade where Memphis drops their best player and still get worse, that would have been the worst trade of all time. Like the Barkley to Phoenix trade in 92, that was imo, more lopsided then the Memphis deal. Phili had to wait for Iverson before they became relevant again, that’s a 4 year drought.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    My vote for most lopsided trade ever –
    In 1976 the New Orleans Jazz traded their 1977, 1978 and 1979 first round picks to the LA Lakers for their 1977 second round pick and 1978 first round pick.
    ‘Nuff said.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    wth, why did that trade happen? I don’t know about that deal for whatever reason

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    According to Basketball Reference – “This exchange was arranged as compensation for Utah signing veteran free agent Gail Goodrich on 19 July 1976.”
    So I guess in a way a Gail Goodrich for Magic Johnson trade makes it a little less lopsided, but still, you have to wonder, since Goodrich signed as a free agent with Nawlins, were they really obligated to trade those picks to LA?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    And of the two picks the Jazz got in return, neither player lasted more than two season and neither ended up playing a game for the Jazz…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    man I never knew that’s why they got Magic. I just read the story, Goodrich signed in New Orleans (an expansion team) as a Free Agent. Back then, apparently losing a free agent meant compensation, so the Commissioner made new orleans give up their first round draft picks, which in 79 happened to be the #1 overall selection cuz the Hornets were terribly run. That is the most lopsided “trade” of all time.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I meant they were an expansion team that 79 season (when they moved to Utah) and had the worst record in the league*

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    You mean the Jazz.
    The Hornets were but a twinkle in George Shinn’s pocketbook back then.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    haha yeah, this New Orleans, Utah business got me flustered

  • bnets

    Net!

  • ballislove

    I can see D12 in a Chicago Bulls jersey

  • LA Huey

    This must be killing Dwight inside. Gotta do what’s best for you and yours though.

  • bolletrie

    New orleans Jazz makes more sense than utah Jazz. Never knew that’s how it came about.

  • blakos

    Let him go to the Wizards!!!!!! Or the Nets i guess. As long as he doesnt go to the Lakers i am happy

  • matt

    indy needs to pounce. Him and and turk (or agent zero) for Hibbert, Granger + what ever. Indy is so well positioned right with solid young players and a lot of cap room.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    COME 2 THE LAKERS!!

  • Rainman

    @ b: But the Knicks dont HAVE a Dirk Nowitzki…

  • jdote

    i also think golden state would be a great place for him.. that startin five….curry,ellis,wright,lee, and howard is kinda nice. And he’d put up ridiculous stats. Monta is underrated, and Marc Jackson would be a great coach for Dwight.

  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS

    Dwight has actually already had prior meeting with toronto, he said that he would fit perfectly with the new sprouting talent of Demar Derozan. He also states that “Demar is far better than that chump paul pierce”.

  • ballislove

    end the lockout already

  • ballislove
  • Will Lee

    go to Boston, be the Bill Russell of this generation. Team up with Rondo and another young wing man in 2013.

  • Clos1881

    All you that’s saying win a title I would like for you to name me a star that can win a title with that over the hill roster

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    the spurs might be the best place for dwight… them or houston

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    of course any of the top 4-5 teams in the league would be nasty with him but imagine if he went home and teamed up with Josh Smith in tha ATL…

  • bigMvp

    I think Boston would definitely be a good fit for dwight, why pass up the chance to catch oops and lobs from one of the best point guards in the L. It will be hard for boston to make a trade though as there is not much to trade maybe green davis allen west and some draft picks or something but its gonna be tough for boston

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel#2

    FROM: SERGENT AGOSTO, NEITEL U.S ARMY
    TO: DWIGHT HOWARD, CENTER, NBA BALLER.

    PLEASE HOWARD, IF YOU WERE TO LEAVE, WHICH IN NO WAY I AM SAYING YOU SHOULD OR SHOULDN’T, BUT IF ONE DAY YOU WAKE UP, AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU DONT WANT TO STAY IN ORLANDO, PLEASE CONSIDER PLAYING ALONGSIDE D. WILL OF THE BROOKLYN NETS! WE WANT YOU IN BROOKLYN, THIS COULD BE YOUR NEW HOME…COME TO BROOKLYN AND MAKE NEW YORK WHAT THE NEW KNICKS CAN’T.

    RESPECTFULLY, NEITEL#2

  • Shifty

    ZOGS and his rediculous Demar Derozan rants……..dude will never be better than Paul Pierce in anyway, shape or form….funny how you keep making him apart of alomst every post you do. Dwight should come to boston, he should go as a unrestricted free agent and take not as much money and join the legend organisation of the Celtics!

  • The Mougenater

    Come over to Toronto D-Howard

  • magic

    guys i love thr magic but i have to say if he goes to the bulls they will be undefeted so it is his choese an i am fine ith him with bulls

  • magic

    bbbbbbuuuuuuuuuullllllllllsssssssssssssss

  • Magic!

    Dont leave dwight! Orlando better do something and pick up a great player for dwight instead of getting washed up old players. Orlando need a miracle and need to pick up a free agent like cp3, deron williams, brandon jennings, monta, josh smith, rudy gay, iggy. Hoping history does not repeat itself !

  • Niee89

    @ Enigmatic….LMAO…did you say Clipper Darrell???? Ha ha ha … too funny. But for comment sake wish D. Howard the best…. He does what he do well!!!!

  • bullsfan

    did anyone else catch dwight in that bulls jersey….no..well look forward to it…its over bulls are back to take regime over once again!!go bulls

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