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    Ken Berger talks about Dwight to the Knicks and the latest news on Dwight.

    "We endured the Melodrama. We tolerated the CP3 fiasco. History may very well say that neither had anything on the Dwight Dilemma.

    This is a nightmare facing the Orlando Magic, the possible and seemingly inevitable departure of Dwight Howard from central Florida to center stage somewhere else. Whether the Magic try to get a superstar, prospects and draft picks or simply keep Howard and dare him to take less money to leave, it already is shaping up to be a tenuous six weeks for the franchise that still hasn't lived down the loss of Shaquille O'Neal.

    Rival executives say Magic GM Otis Smith has been keeping a low profile lately, and it doesn't appear that Howard is going anywhere soon. Sources said Howard's business and marketing reps engaged in a lengthy conference call this week to plan a party in Howard's honor during All-Star weekend in Orlando. They wouldn't be spending the money or expending the effort on such an extravaganza if Howard wasn't going to be representing the Magic in the All-Star Game in his home arena.

    But here's the thing: The Magic might be able to make it through February with Howard, but not past the March 15 trade deadline. Not unless they're willing and prepared to watch him walk.

    All the superstars in the recent conga line out of town have something in common: They got the team and city they wanted, and they got the max money, too. LeBron James got it in Miami, Carmelo Anthony got it in New York and Chris Paul got something in between; he got out of New Orleans and will have the chance to get max money from the Clippers if he wants to stay. With a new, more restrictive collective bargaining agreement, one of these stars with eyes for greener pastures eventually is going to have to put his money where his wanderlust is. One of them is going to have to stare at a big pile of money -- $25 to $30 million -- and pass it up on the way out of town.

    Is Howard that guy? At 26, the fifth year and 3 percent more in raises that Orlando could offer him as a free agent next summer isn't as crucial as it sounds. This is especially true since, if Howard is still in Orlando the morning after the March 15 trade deadline, he'll know that he won't be able to do what James did to get to Miami. He won't be able to get max money in a sign-and-trade. And he can't do what Anthony did, because max money in an extend-and-trade is no longer an option in the new CBA.

    If Howard wants to go to Dallas or Brooklyn, what difference would it make whether he made that additional $25 million in the last year of a five-year deal with Orlando or the first year of a new deal when he becomes a free agent again in 2016? As long as he stays healthy, the answer is simple: no difference.

    If Howard wants to be a Laker, his only path there would be via trade. Would the Lakers give up Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, who returned this week with three straight double-doubles and the first 20-20 game of his career? The Lakers say no, but that's easy to say in January when the trade deadline is in March. The Lakers very clearly are the wild card in the Howard scenario.

    Rival execs are dubious that a Nets package centered around the injured Brook Lopez and first-round picks will be enough to entice Orlando. In that case, the Nets' bid to get a third team involved will be crucial to their efforts to add the one player who could persuade Deron Williams to embrace the organization and the move to Brooklyn. But with Williams' body language already suffering during the Nets' 1-6 start, observers say to be on the lookout for D-Will to soon lose his will to stay in New Jersey long enough to make it to the New York City boroughs.

    "I don't think he feels it there," said a person who knows Williams and his tendencies well. "I could see him saying, 'I've got all the money. I can go back to Dallas. That's my home.' I don't see any spunk in his game right now. He's going through the motions."

    This is where the Magic's nightmare scenario intersects with doomsday for the Nets. If the Magic elect not to trade Howard -- thus showing their fan base that they did everything in their power to keep him and he still wouldn't stay -- or trade him somewhere besides New Jersey, the Nets would be sunk. Having given up Derrick Favors, two first-round picks and Devin Harris for Williams, the Nets would be devastated if Williams passed up the money for a chance to return home to Dallas -- something those who know Williams say the headstrong point guard might just be bold enough to do.

    Throw into the mix that with a couple of moves -- amnestying Brendan Haywood and buying out Lamar Odom -- the Mavs would have room for both Williams and Howard, and this cruel game of musical chairs could bring two franchises to their knees.

    It's a tangled web, which we'll attempt to unravel in the rest of this week's Howard-heavy Postups:

    • A factor not to be dismissed in the Howard saga is his endorsement deal with Adidas. Top executives with the shoe company have made no secret of the fact that they'd like nothing more than to see Howard in either New York or Los Angeles. With fellow client Derrick Rose in Chicago, Howard would give Adidas a stronghold in two of the country's three biggest markets and the wherewithal to challenge Nike. "They'd love to corner those two markets," said a person connected to the sneaker industry. "They'd be in heaven, I can tell you that."

    • There are also indications that Brooklyn isn't viewed as the only avenue for Howard to give Adidas a foothold in New York. With the Knicks (2-4) off to an abysmal start -- losing at home to Toronto and Charlotte this week on the second night of back-to-backs for both substandard teams -- already there are rumblings of discord on the coaching staff. The confusion and lack of commitment to new defensive assistant Mike Woodson's schemes is painfully evident -- "We're trying to improvise on the fly, and you can't do that," defensive stalwart Tyson Chandler said -- as is the tenuous situation for head coach Mike D'Antoni. If the acquisition of Anthony last February wasn't evidence enough, the addition of Woodson has only underscored how D'Antoni's influence within the organization has waned. D'Antoni is coaching in the final year of his contract without an extension offer forthcoming, an issue that threatens to consume whatever momentum the Knicks built last season.

    If the Knicks keep struggling, the focus will spread from the coaching to the roster, and sources advise not to be surprised if the notion of a possible deal sending Amar'e Stoudemire to Orlando for Howard gains traction. If the Magic opt to convert Howard into a superstar of reasonably comparable stature, they could do a lot worse than selling Stoudemire -- a central Florida native -- to their restless fan base. The biggest issue would be Stoudemire's uninsurable knees, but there is risk involved in every scenario Orlando will be presented with between now and March 15. From the Knicks' standpoint, such an arrangement would break up the ill-fitting offensive combo of Stoudemire and Anthony and allow the versatile Chandler to move to the power forward spot, where he'd be a terror as a weak-side shot blocker and in Stoudemire's spot as the roll man in D'Antoni's pick-and-roll offense. A deeper question exists in whether Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan would sign off on trading Stoudemire, who was the only star willing to commit to the Knicks and embrace the challenges of New York in July 2010. For the aforementioned reasons, sources say it's plausible but unlikely that the Knicks and Orlando would be able to get any such talks off the ground. For one thing, it makes too much sense."

    http://www.cbssports.com/nba/story/1...oward-saga-end

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    Never happening
    Orlando cants be so stupid to Swap Dwight with STAT and tell fans we are competitive.

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    If Otis would trade Dwight for Amare...
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    The Knicks were never this bad of a team. They always have been a 48-50 win team stuck in what was a 21-40 team's body.

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    Not this again.... They like linking us to every player and the other fan base hates the Knicks like it's our fault.

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    Lol this will NEVER happen unless NY gives up Melo.

    I still stay Otis keeps Dwight the whole year, make a run at a ring and just pray he stays.
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    Worthless article. D12 wants no part on Ny and Orlando wants no part of Amare. They could easily sell Bynum who is younger and cheaper to the fan base

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    When the season starts and the blatant homerism subsides, people will realize the 2 biggest flaws on our team. MAYBE??

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    You're talking about the same franchise who had Rashard Lewis, Hedu, and Arenas all on their team. They have made some relatively dumb moves in the past, this would be a rather epic fail on their part, but hey, it's the NBA, crazy stuff happens.

    With that said, it's not really note worthy yet. This is like a one in a million chance. And even then it'll probably involve us taking Hedu and giving them Chandler. It's just another fun idea in about a billion possibilities with player movement in the league.

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    amare is from the orlando area and may be sick and tired of new york citys taxes and not being the number 1 option, which he wants
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    ^But whats the alternative? would you rather trade a ferrari for a lexus? or walk?

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    I can only see this happening if Lakers dont offer a package of Bynum+Gasol for Dwight and if the Knicks offer a package of Amare, Chandler, Shumpert, and other fillers for Howard and Turk

    But I don't think Dolan would ever agree to do that....I still see Dwight going to the Lakers

    And if that piece about Deron Williams is true (that he's losing his interest in Brooklyn), that might mean that Dwight has told him lately that he (Dwight) is also losing interest in being a Net

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    why trade for amare??? Why can't the Knicks trade for Dwight and still have Amare and Carmelo???


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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatcheck View Post
    ^But whats the alternative? would you rather trade a ferrari for a lexus? or walk?
    none of the above. trade a ferrari for young pieces and draft picks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quade36 View Post
    why trade for amare??? Why can't the Knicks trade for Dwight and still have Amare and Carmelo???

    Iman for dwight
    Quote Originally Posted by NYSpirit1 View Post
    The Knicks were never this bad of a team. They always have been a 48-50 win team stuck in what was a 21-40 team's body.

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    It won't happen but if it did im pretty sure every Net fan in the forum would jump off the Brooklyn Bridge
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Kobe24-TJ19- View Post
    Iman for dwight
    trying to rip us off i see



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