Dwight Howard: Orlando Magic Season Will Be Circus If D12 Isn't Traded
The Orlando Magic must trade Dwight Howard before training camp to prevent the dreaded season-long distraction. This team is destined for a post-Howard rebuilding period. The quicker it can get to the inevitable, the better off the team will be.
If you think the Carmelo Anthony saga was wild in the 2010-2011 season, this one will make that look mild.
Dwight's approach to the entire thing is less than transparent, and his lack of forthright comments leaves so much room for speculation.
It's his decision how he wants to handle the attention. In the end, it's all business. But the Magic must consider what's bad for business.
When there is speculation, there are rumors, and rumors beget a circus. No matter how much an organization and its players deny the effects of these situations, they do have an effect on chemistry.
According to Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD, "Howard was sidelined with a back injury at the time, but nearly came to blows with [Jameer] Nelson for unknown reasons, according to sources. The two players had to be separated."
It clearly states that the altercation was for unknown reasons, but it certainly isn't crazy to think the ordeal surrounding Howard contributed to team tension. These two were once very close, but something affected their friendship.
Imagine how Magic fans will react to Howard. He may very well be booed loudly by his own crowd. The entire Magic season will take on a lame-duck status, and that isn't a good environment for rookies like Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O'Quinn. Right now, they represent the future for the Magic, not Howard.
It's understandable that the team won't act desperate and move hastily to a deal. But make no mistake, the Magic must deal Howard before the season for the betterment of their organization.
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