Over the course of the regular season and now the NBA playoffs, one really has to wonder if Dwight Howard feels satisfied with the way things are going in Orlando and if not, whether or not he plans to take his talents elsewhere?
The difficult part about making an acquisition of a superstars thought process is simply that it is an acquisition at best, nothing more. Only the player himself knows his own mind. But that doesn't mean we can't take an educated guess, right?
Dwight has been playing out of his mind as of late, averaging 32.3 (PPG) and 17.5 (RPG) in the first four games of the series against the Hawks. On the other hand, the rest of the Magic team has been averaging a mere 55.3 (PPG) and 26.3 (RPG), something that shouldn't happen with any team, let alone the Magic.
According to the NBA, in a recent press conference after Game 4, Dwight said, "Guys gotta' make shots, it's as simple as that. I even thought about shooting a couple threes to boost our percentage." It's obvious that the rest of the Magic team haven't played up to par in this year's playoffs, and Dwight doesn't seemed thrilled.
Watching Dwight up at the podium just didn't look right—he simply looked drained and especially disappointed at the fact that his team is down 3-1.
Will Dwight Howard Leave After This Season?
With the huge 2012 free agency group approaching, Dwight will have some serious thinking to do. If he decides to leave the Magic and join up with a potential contender, it wouldn't be a surprise.
The recent trend of superstars has been to part ways with their former teams in order to win championships. Dwight could easily join LeBron and Carmelo in the pool of superstars wishing to do more with their careers than get knocked out in the early round of playoffs.
But where would Dwight decide to go if he were to leave the Magic? Would it be somewhere in the East, or would he venture as far as the West Coast?
Teams that have been brought up include the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks. Yes, these may seem like a long shot at best, but there are many ways around the salary cap. As we know, most teams are willing to make room for a player who can help with championships, especially if he is a seven-foot giant by the name of Dwight Howard, or should I say, "Superman"?
Many people wouldn't like the idea of Dwight heading to Los Angeles, but it truly would be the easiest place for Dwight to have a legitimate shot at winning a title. The talent and experience are already set. A deal for Andrew Bynum, alongside some other aspects of a signing could be available for the Lakers to set up, if Dwight was serious about joining the Lakers.
All in all, after everything is said and done, Dwight will most likely leave the Magic organization. The chances to win a title have been there numerous times and it simply hasn't happened.
Dwight looks more and more ready to leave the Magic organization as time goes by, and if the Magic get knocked out in the first round, it'll be all the more the reason to leave.
So expect the unexpected, because Dwight, alongside many others, may indeed be headed to other teams in this upcoming free agency period. Time is a horrible thing to waste.
Hopefully Dwight realizes it sooner rather than later.