NBA Rumors: Interested Teams That Should Stay Away from Dwight Howard

Andrew WallockContributor IMay 29, 2012

NBA Rumors: Interested Teams That Should Stay Away from Dwight Howard

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    Even though Otis Smith and Stan Van Gundy have both been ousted from the Orlando Magic in favor of whiny superstar Dwight Howard, it seems the NBA's top center still wants out of Orlando, as reported by Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.

    Unfortunately, the Dwight Howard drama is far from over. For the most part, NBA fans have grown tired of the endless tirade and attention-seeking drama that Dwight has orchestrated this year.

    Somehow, some way, he always seems to be at the forefront of NBA news. 

    Despite all this, there are numerous NBA teams that remain interested in Mr. Howard. While he may be a massive whiner, he still is the NBA's premier center and a number of teams would give away the farm in order to acquire him. 

    While some teams could use him, there are a few that need to steer clear of anything involving Howard. 

Golden State Warriors

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    Currently, the Golden State Warriors seem to have a lot going for them. Recently moving to San Francisco and acquiring Andrew Bogut, owner Joe Lacob appears to be trying to build something in the Bay Area.

    But this team, at one point, was aggressively pursuing Dwight Howard, even if they could only acquire him for a rental period. 

    I can almost guarantee that Dwight Howard would not remain with Golden State for more than one season.

    This isn't to take anything away from Golden State, which is a great market. It just appears that Howard has his eye set on bigger and better markets. Unfortunately, Golden State doesn't fit that mold. 

    Golden State has a young nucleus in Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut (if they can stay healthy) as well as upcoming-star Klay Thompson and a first-round pick in a deep draft this year. 

    They need to stick with what they have. Sticking themselves in the middle of the Howard drama (and potentially prolonging it) would not do them any favors. 

    If Joe Lacob wants to avoid the booing fans, they need to avoid Dwight Howard at all costs. 

Los Angeles Clippers

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    In January, reports surfaced that Howard was also interested in Los Angeles. Not the Lakers, but the Clippers

    The Clippers showed a lot of growth and potential in the 2012 NBA playoffs, making it to the second round before being swept by the San Antonio Spurs

    A trade for Howard would require them to give up a lot of their young assets, most likely either Chris Paul or Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers would be insane to even consider this.

    They finally have a decent fanbase and a young core. Honestly, I think the only thing keeping them from a championship is Griffin's youth (and flopping) and their coach. Once they address those things, they will be right up there with the Thunder.

    They don't need Howard.  

New York Knicks

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    The New York Knicks have been reported to be interested in Dwight Howard. At this point, it seems the New York Knicks are always interested in everybody. They never seem content.

    And they shouldn't be. The Carmelo-Amar'e experiment doesn't seem to be working as well as hoped in the Big Apple and some changes definitely need to be made, but nothing major. 

    Dwight Howard isn't the answer. They have their reigning Defensive Player of the Year in Tyson Chandler, who fills that need for New York. Obviously, Howard would be a better option, but does New York really want that drama? 

    Honestly, I think the Knicks are in the same boat as Golden State. They have a number of solid options and need to stand pat. No huge changes need to be made. The only major change that I can foresee being made is trading away Amar'e Stoudemire. 

    Once Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumpert are healthy, they'll definitely have a solid rotation in Lin, Shumpert, Anthony and Chandler. Factor in a solid bench (J.R. Smith, Landry Fields, Steve Novak, etc) and the Knicks really do look good on paper. 

    No need for Howard here. 

Orlando Magic

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    I continue to remain baffled as to why the Orlando Magic still have Dwight Howard on their roster. He has been nothing but problematic for the team this entire season. Players on the roster even admitted to being distracted by the endless Howard focus.

    It's time for a change in Orlando. Howard doesn't want to be there. Why force him to stay?

    They need to trade him sooner rather than later because we all know that he's not going to stay. If they don't trade him, they won't get anything in return. He'll just leave them with thoughts of what could have been. 

    There are plenty of teams out there with solid assets that could give Orlando some good players in return. The Los Angeles Lakers are the best one on the list. Andrew Bynum would be a great replacement for a now-hated Howard.