Knicks Rumors: 5 Reasons New York Must Avoid Dwight Howard at All Costs
Even though Howard declined to exercise his early termination option that would have made him a free agent this offseason, Chris Sheridan of Sheridanhoops.com is reporting that Howard wants to be traded away from Orlando immediately and the Knicks may be looking to acquire him.
This would be a huge risk for New York as Howard has caused major destruction during his time with the Magic.
Here are five reasons why the Knicks must avoid Dwight Howard at all costs.
They Just Signed Mike Woodson to a Three-Year Extension
If we learned anything about Dwight Howard over the past two seasons, it’s that he isn’t easy for head coaches to get along with.
Howard was successfully able to run both head coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith out of Orlando, even though Van Gundy had an excellent record of 259-135 with the Magic.
Howard denies having anything to do with Van Gundy’s firing, but it became pretty obvious that he influenced this decision in some way, especially after Van Gundy came out and publicly stated that he was told by upper management of Howard’s request for his dismissal.
The Knicks just re-signed Mike Woodson to a three-year extension, a decision that most of the Knicks players approved of. If Howard joins the Knicks and doesn’t approve of Coach Woodson, this could cause a rift between him and the coaching staff or even worse, him and the other players on the team.
They Already Have an Excellent Center
There’s no arguing that Dwight Howard is the best center in the entire league, but the one the Knicks currently have already brings everything the team needs from their center position.
In only one shortened season with no training camp, Chandler became the Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-NBA team for the first time in his career. He even led the league in field-goal percentage by a huge margin.
With Chandler playing so excellent last season, the Knicks should build the team around him rather than break up the team to replace him.
They Will Need to Give Up Too Much for Him
In order to trade for the best center in the league, the Knicks must give up multiple assets that they recently worked so hard to acquire.
For the Magic to even take a trade offer from the Knicks seriously, Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire or Carmelo Anthony must be included, most likely Anthony.
I believe trading two superstars for one would really set the Knicks back from where they were this season.
The Magic Will Insist on Trading a Bad Contract with Howard
In any trade for Dwight Howard, you can rightfully assume that the Magic will also want to dump one of their bad contracts on the other team.
The two worst contracts they have are Hedo Turkoglu, who is owed $23.6 million over two years and Glen Davis, who is owed $19.6 million over three years.
If the Knicks took back either of these players, they would not have any salary-cap room to go after any free agents.
The Knicks worked so hard to rid themselves of all their terrible contracts, so it would be a shame to see them take one on again.
The Team Was Finally Playing Well Together
During the seven games this season when Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler were all on the floor together under coach Mike Woodson, the Knicks went 6-1.
Add a full training camp where the team has time to gel and learn Woodson’s system and who knows how good they can become.
At full strength this team has the potential to make it to an NBA championship. Breaking up the team to acquire Dwight Howard would only be a setback.