We are instantly reminded of another NBA All-Star who dragged a team through and through with trade rumors: LeBron James.
Am I saying that Dwight Howard is as bad as LeBron? No, he is most definitely worse.
These rumors have continued for almost a year and a half. The last offseason and all of this season were filled with rumors upon rumors. At least LeBron only took a summer to make his decision: Dwight Howard is taking almost two years now.
And what if he resigns with the Magic at the end of the year? Would that redeem him?
No, because all the heartache and worry he has caused Magic fans is almost unforgivable at this point. While Magic fans might be glad to have their superhero back, others will remember the strife he has caused.
Dwight Howard could have easily ended the speculation early by telling the media and his team that he planned to stay until his contract was up. However, his indecision has caused many fans sleepless nights over this dilemma.
Plus, if Howard leaves at the end of the year when his contract is up, the Magic will get nothing for all of their worry. That's why it is worse than the LeBron James decision: it only took him a summer to decide to screw over the Cavaliers. It will take Howard almost two years worth of time to decide the same thing.
No matter what Howard does, his legacy is already sullied just as bad as LeBron's is, if not worse. No matter what his "decision," Howard has cemented his place among the least considerate athletes in all of sports.