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Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 1:34 pm  |  73 responses

Report: Dwight Howard Interested in Miami Heat, LA Clippers


The good news is that, very soon, all of these insane Dwight Howard rumors will have to come to an end. Until then … madness! Here’s the latest, via SI: “I’m told Howard prefers going to free agency. Doesn’t want a team he is traded to gutted just to get him. If Howard goes to free agency, throw out the three-team (Dallas, NJ, LAL) list. It’s open season for bidding. LeBron, part II. Howard will have interest in: Clippers and Miami. There are cap issues, but the interest is real.”

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  • Ben

    Send him to Charlotte and be done with it.

  • http://slamonline.com KJ

    Wait… he’s interested in the Heat and Clips but not the Bulls? Seriously?

  • http://slamonline.com Myles Brown

    What a clown

  • http://slamonline.com KJ

    Then again, a CP3 and Dwight pick and roll tandem will be unstoppable.

  • AD

    lmao slam is ******* wit yall.. Cant you see?

  • Luther

    I like Dwight but he’s a clown. Only way for him to be on the Heat in the offseason is if one of the big 3 is traded and as a Heat fan, I wouldn’t want him on my team. It’s clear as day that Dwight is going to Dallas, so is Deron Williams.

  • Sheed

    is Dwight Howard really this stupid?

    actually I can answer that myself: Yes.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Blah blah blah, boiler plate, can of fish.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    KJ said it all. Just wtf Dwight?

  • T-Money

    kj: nobody is interested by the bulls. it’s kinda crazy how a storied franchise in a huge market keeps whiffing on guys, going back to t-mac, duncan and grant hill.

  • Shecky Shabazz

    I really dislike Dwight because of this non sense. This circus needs to stop. How can you be interested in the Heat where you would be the third option and you claim you wanna be the man?

  • jayrose

    There’s no point in trading this guy. He’s going to test free agnecy no matter what.

  • MookieBlaylock

    Tim Duncan is rollin’ over in his grave.
    Bill Russel is rollin’ over in his grave.
    Shaq… Oh, nevermind.

  • Sizzle

    None of these guys are interested in the Bulls because D-Rose is too humble and no fun to hang around with haha

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Why do you people believe this stuff? Seriously??

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    If he went to the Heat everyone should just quit lol

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Heat.
    Period.

  • BoWeezy24

    Haha @Sizzle True!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Really the idea that Drose is no fun at all is started to get a little too big, no I don’t know him personally but neither do any of you. Just because he has a serious mindset when it comes to hoops doesn’t mean he’s no fun off the court. Most, if not all, Bulls fans (and there are quit alot of ‘em) love Drose’s icy demeanor, besides if you’ve watched as many Drose interviews as I have you’ll notice he does laugh and has fun from time to time.

  • KH10

    Drose doesn’t compliment Dwight’s game and vice-versa. He should just be lobbying Deron to come to Orlando.

  • Ldub

    it makes sense to just wait. for any team. you put a team together to compete right? why change all that just for 1 player? any team would be smart to keep their teams in tact and let DH go wherever he wants to go. i wouldnt trade for him, knowing there is a possibility for him not to sign with the team! youve just potentially lost out on some good/great pieces. not worth it

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    IF he wants to go to free agency (and lose out on the extra money) so that a team isn’t gutted, then I like his thinking. It’s hard to imagine giving up that kind of money, but it’s also hare to imagine making the max/near max deal plus endorsements he’ll make by going to LA or NY/NJ or even Chicago. Biggest part is IF he’s willing to take less money, whatever team he goes to can keep their best assets instead of trading them for him. It would be interesting to see him go to a team like NJ who has some early draft picks coming in next draft, they could likely keep Deron Williams and even Lopez (D12 at C and Lopez at PF would be a nice front-court). You just never know, one thing though, I don’t mind him keeping his options open.

  • Sizzle

    @Jahmai – I didn’t mean it as a bad thing, I am just saying Dwight has a larger than life personality ala Shaq which is opposite of Rose. Everyone on the Bulls is serious about winning (and that is how it should be), but that doesn’t mesh with Dwight’s personality. Also, like some of the posters above are saying, their games wouldn’t compliment each other as much as say Dwight and Deron would.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gotgoodtimes?ref=tn_tnmn sean hamid

    free agency will be crazy if he decides that route, and ho way he can go to the bull if he wants to or not. Adidas wont let that happen, two of their biggest NBA stars on one team/one state…no way they need them separate to contribute to growing the market. Exactly like they are doing now..imo dallas looks like a good fit for him. Him and cuban would have lots of fun

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    I kinda feel sorry for the magic.

  • jake

    If people believe that Howard prefers playing with deron over rose because deron’s game compliments his game better you’re fooling yourselves. Deron is his “buddy” and just like the big three in Miami many of these young stars look for the perfect emotional fit over the better basketball fit. You think that kobe and shaqs games complemented each other? In fact you could easily say that penny was a better fit than kobe but winning ultimately chips should be the main objective. There’s not a top executive, scout or any great basketball mind that would fear a deron and dwight Howard led team, but with rose and Howard as well as coach Thibs defense first philosophy the bulls would be scary.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    All we need is some Peter Vecsey rumors and this will be complete.

  • jake

    Its sad that a lot of people don’t realize that the bulls are a top 5 assist team and rose and deron are virtually tied in the assist column. Russell westbrook attempts more shots than rose so the assumption that rose is a ballhog and selfish is insane.

  • dma

    when will the media stop making shit up? it’s always “i hear dwight says this.. dwight says that” but rarely do we actually get a direct quote from him.

  • Bernard

    Dwight Howard is getting on my nerves acting like a prima-donna.

    He keeps lying to Orlando fans saying his heart is in the city & he wants to stay. That is BS if he wants to stay he should sign the extension & get the max deal with the Magic.

    Instead he gave a list of preferred teams he wants to be traded too but then he also says he is not signing an extension with whatever team he is traded too.

    So his sole desire is to enter free agency & then what. Sign with the New Jersey Nets lmao Howard is good, but not enough to turn around the Nets.

    Dwight just shut up & play ball everyone knows your leaving just don’t make The Decision like LBJ did.

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    any good will Howard garnered from his Dunk Contest exploits is slowly/quickly dissipating

  • LA Huey

    Report: Dwight Howard Interested in UCLA, Syracuse

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Co-sign jake, it amazes me how wrong people have been about his game since his rookie year and still are till this day. smh

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    Once again t-money, the Bulls didn’t “wiff” on anyone. If you think Wade, Lebron, and Bosh ever intended on playing anywhere other than Miami, then you naive. And if you think not wanting to match JJ and Amare’s $100M+ contracts was a wiff, then you’re a horrible gm. And if you need to go back over 10 years, and a different front office, and talk about Hill and McGrady, then you have no leg to stand on. McGrady openly begs for the Bulls to sign him now every year. What does that mean? Boozer was a major free agent at the time and the Bulls signed him. What does that mean?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCJwoEHRU_A&feature=related TheKid

    I love DH12. He’s one of my favorite players. But if he’s gonna pull all this free agency shit that LeBron did he’ll lose a fan (me). ESPECIALLY if he goes to the Heat. The league is being ruined because apparently you need atleast 3 super stars on a team to win the Finals.

  • Aizen

    @jake: I agree about folks underestimating Dwight’s skills, but comparing Rose to Westbrook on selfishness doesn’t mean anything, since everyone knows Westbrook is as “ball-hog” as they come.

  • Top$helf

    Amnesty Chris Bosh in the offseason then sign D Howard 82-0

  • VC

    Come to denver! I know you dwight dont like the cold but the nuggets are the only team with lots of young talent that orlando would be interested in plus we have some flexibility. After that the nuggets would still have enough young talent to surround him.

  • T-Money

    Diesel – how convenient. If they dont sign, then why not dismiss it because they never wanted to play there in the 1st place.The Bulls made a pitch to all 3 and were turned down, just like NY. The Bulls wanted them and didn’t get them. They also wanted Joe Johnson but he chose the biggest contract possible. That didnt seem Riley to get his guys at a discounted price. boozer was NOT a coveted FA. He wanted Miami or NY andthey didnt show interest. His choice was between Jersey and Chicago.

  • T-Money

    And for T-Mac , he also begged to play for Miami, Boston, LA and NY. What does that mean?

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    T-Money – once again, DWade had recruited Lebron and Bosh long it advance of free agency. LOTS of teams made pitches to all three of those guys and didn’t get them. The only reason those pitches happened is because all three players needed their egos fed. They had made up their minds before the whole process began. You know this, you’re just playing dumb. So your argument is nobody wants to play for the Bulls because JJ chose to play for Atlanta for $100M instead of the Bulls for $60M? You win then. What a horrible GM Gar Forman is because he doesn’t convince Rose to recruit other superstars during the offseason and he can’t convince sdecent players to leave $40M on the table.

  • LA Huey

    Diesel, I don’t understand why you’re defending the Bulls so hard here. You don’t find it odd that when Chicago has the cap room to sign a targeted, big-time free agent, they’ve been unable to do so? I don’t think it implies anything bad about them. It’s just peculiar. Chicago’s a great market and the Bulls are a marquee franchise in the NBA.

  • ripslam

    Bosh does more things for Miami than he gets credit for. While he was injured last week, Miami lost back-to-back games to the Jazz and Lakers.
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    Also, f*ck Dwight. He can go play for the Pittsburgh Pirates for all I care.

  • Jono

    people always say that the music’s loud…SORRY FOR PARTY ROCKIIIIIIIN!!

  • Jono

    dwight you lil b!tch

  • ClydeSays

    Don’t see what Miami has to trade. Bosh? He can’t carry a franchise. Clips COULD trade Griffin, but at this point, I’d say Griffin projects to be a better team player. At this point, trade him to the Nets for DWill. Why not? They can’t let him walk for nothing & he won’t resign.

  • ripslam

    @ClydeSays: The sole reason he wants to play in NJ is because he wants to play with Williams. So even though that would be hilarious and a huge eff-you, it’s not going to happen.

  • trueballer

    if howard ends up in a heat uniform which i doubt,, i will boycott miami heat forever.. howard is a good centre but hes nothing near the great centres wilt,shaq or bill russell, avg 28 and 12 all season 1st to even be considered special..!

  • trueballer

    trade booozer and noah for howard done!

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    yeah this sounds totaly realistic. If he joins my heat team i can look forward to a lot of new dances by my dude lebron and howard. Drose would probably be bummed as hell that he is such a crappy dancer. Seeing howard and lebron dancing it to the finals every year. But come on both teams are the last teams howard could possibly be going to. Would love to see future all star game introduction with rose extra crancky because off the extreme chemistry between howard and lebrons crazy dance moves.

  • j

    if howard goes to the heat, why even have a season anymore? why not just trade every good player too two teams and just watch them play every day?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He’s not going to the Heat. Everyone can just chill on that fear.

  • robb

    Financially there’s no way he can go to either team so whatever. I don’t like Dwight’s attitude at all he only cares about the damn weather. He should go to Chicago, he’d win a championship there without a doubt. Saying his game and DRose’s game don’t compliment each other is stupid, I would work no doubt.

  • Yep

    @j, it would almost be as if the best players from around the league assembled into two teams from opposite sides of the country and squared off in a battle of the superstars… they could host contests to see which of these superstars are best at certain aspects of the game… they could make a big fanfare out of it.. players could dance with their favorite reality-tv dance squad…

  • Diesel

    @la, I’m defending them because the bulls have had significant cap space exactly twice. Once was ten years ago under a different regime and they wiffed. The second time they missed out on three players that had already decided to play together in Miami. The bulls also made the right decision and passed on two overpaid players. They used what money they did have to sign a big name free agent in boozer. And great role players. This team got them to the conference finals. What’s the problem? T money is talking out of his ass. Just because other teams don’t recruit players like dwade doesn’t mean no one wants to go there

  • LA Huey

    Though I disagree about what you said, I understand your train of thought.

  • Trimble

    Trade KG and Ray Allen for Dwight. Rondo, Pierce and him would be an awesome fit together and Orlando doesn’t get totally screwed over.

  • DMC14

    He’ll become a free agent and sign with the suns somehow. cause he stated he wants to play with Nash, but nash ain’t leaving the suns according to rumours.

  • DMC14

    Gortat will move to PF.

  • DMC14

    Gortat will play PF.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Well since everyone else wants to make their unrealistic sales pitch for the team they root for, here goes mine : HEY DWIGHT, COME TO DETROIT!! YOU WILL BE THE UNQUESTIONED ALPHA DOG, DUMARS WILL FOLLOW YOU AROUND WITH A PORTABLE HEATER AND YOU CAN IMPREGNATE ANY CHEERLEADER YOU CHOOSE!!!

  • pacmac

    Dwill to Orlando, book it!

  • SikhWitIt

    Report: Dwight Howard wants to play for the Supersonics

  • RunNGun

    Dwight’s going to China. Book it!

  • LA Clipplakers

    Clippers need a center and dwight howard is the best center out there andre jordan and ? trade maybe PG paul SG williams F griffin F k mart C howard its a new championship team contender !

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Trade LeBron for Howard, straight up. That’d work well for the Heat and the Magic would be willing to take LeBron for the ticket and merch sales alone. Problem solved.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/tb/bfAT6?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nba zagan

    Dwight , dont wana play with rose, just like lbj didnt, rose sucks and is over rated so get over it

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    trade wade , cole and bosh!!

  • marc

    He’s not going to the heat and he’s not getting traded. I have a feeling dwight is doing the same thing kobe did to get a better team.

  • Yesse

    I feel bad for Deandre Jordan already.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    Dwight Howard knows Miami no longer wants Bosh. He knows.

  • Scarface

    Go Dwight Howard! That is equal to 10 champ. rings!

  • Alec

    u kno what will make the nba so interesting…evry team put there two best players in free angency and wait for the off season

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