Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  3 responses

Adam Silver Says Dwight Howard Leaving Orlando Was ‘Unfortunate Circumstance’

The future commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, told the media that the whole Dwightmare was an “unfortunate circumstance” for the Orlando Magic and their fans. Which is putting it lightly, to say the least. Per the Orlando Sentinel: “Prior to the Magic’s game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, Silver was asked what he would say to Magic fans in the wake of Howard’s request to be traded to a bigger market and the subsequent blockbuster trade that sent Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. ‘It’s an unfortunate circumstance,’ Silver answered. ‘I don’t want to sugarcoat it. It’s been that way since the beginning of time, certainly since the beginning of this league. In this league in particular, superstar players have enormous leverage. We talked about, in the collective bargaining negotiations, how we can put teams in an optimal position where that doesn’t happen, and that is by giving teams the opportunity to offer longer-term contracts and greater amounts of money per year. But, ultimately, players do have the right to become free agents and to move. Dwight did have several good years in Orlando. [The Magic] played at the highest level, obviously in The Finals. And it’s not the way we like to see it happen, but on the other hand, there were negotiations with powerful players’ unions and both sides have positions. I think at this point the Magic are making the best of the situation and are in rebuilding mode. That’s something that teams around the league have had to face.’”

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  • Redd

    The villain in the next Star Wars movie.

  • Drig’r

    Well, if “Basketball Reasons” never happened and CP3 helped elevate Bynum, we might’ve been spared this “unfortunate circumstances”……………../Am just sour because CP3′s making the Clips look good……..

  • Ugh

    That’s some spin. The players haven’t had that much leverage since the beginning of the league – they didn’t have any leverage until the mid-seventies. Players who managed to be traded in the fifties or sixties did so my threatening to retire as their only bargaining chip (which is what Wilt did). It wasn’t until Robertson vs NBA was settled in 1976 – after six years in court – that players won the right to become free agents at the end of their draft contract, which gave them any leverage at all. Some players the ’60s referred to the old system as ‘indentured labour’, which is what Silver seems to be indicating the NBA should return to with teams being in “an optimal position”. Watch for this at the next CBA lockout.