NBA Trade Rumors: Teams Should Wait for Dwight Howard to Hit Free Agency in 2013

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIJuly 29, 2012

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Trusting Dwight Howard is like trusting a political figure running for office. Why do it? You only look like a fool for falling for it after election time.

With Howard's constant back-and-forth in Orlando, teams around the NBA should just wait until 2013 free agency before pursuing the big man's services via trade this season.

We have seen it all from Howard—wanting to be traded to a contender, wanting to be traded to a big market, just wanting out of Orlando, wanting to be aligned with other superstars and just because he can.

Howard loves the attention; he loves to take up front page headlines. He enjoys making a scene out of something so little.

To me, this is equal to what LeBron James did to Cleveland. Howard is playing with the emotions, making a complete mockery out of the NBA system and eating up national headlines every other day.

It's unacceptable.

Who would be silly enough to believe anything this man or his agent says? Who would be willing to give up franchise players to acquire Howard's talents? Why not wait until 2013 when Howard's time for taking up attention finally ends?

Teams wouldn't have to give up top-end talent, they would receive a sincere, loyal commitment and they can enjoy a Howard who's heart is in the right place.

Would you want Howard eating up headlines, causing a distraction for your franchise? ESPN's Chris Broussard reported that Howard would commit to the Los Angeles Lakers if traded last week.

And why should we believe this? Have we not learned our lesson? His head and heart changes every other day as we are force-fed another serving of Dwight Howard speculation and rumors.

Enough with the rumors. Enough with the tireless speculation. Enough with the constant flip-flopping.

Enough is enough.

Teams need to forget about Howard existing on the basketball court until 2013 because you can't trust his actions.

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. In Howard's case, fool me a hundred times, forget about least until 2013 free agency.