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Old 02-07-2011, 06:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If D12 leaves Orlando, he wants to be a Knick or a Laker?

Nobody stays with one team anymore? Nobody should point to Toronto as a team nobody stays on. Nuggets, Cleveland, Orlando all have had playoff success compared to Toronto and if D12 leaves, all their players will have left their respective teams. Add to that the possible exiting of CP3 in NO...

What do you think, we he stay or will he go?

f he does leave, Howard has his eyes on two teams -- the Lakers and Knicks -- as the big-market destinations where he'll chase down his championships and marketing opportunities if things don't work out in the Sunshine State. The Nets, who are supposed to be in Brooklyn by then, also are in the mix, the person said.

So the Magic are on the clock -- the way the Cavs were with LeBron and the Raptors with Chris Bosh, and the way the bill has come due for the Nuggets and Carmelo Anthony. But if you ask Magic GM Otis Smith -- and I did -- there isn't some knee-jerk plan to deal with Howard's future. Smith has been planning for the next year and a half for the past seven years.
What else could they have done? Like the Cavs with LeBron, there'd be no surviving the public outrage of trading Howard now -- a year before this becomes a real issue -- in an attempt to get close to equal value. Think about it, though: If Ferry had traded LeBron in February 2010 instead of imperiling the payroll with Antawn Jamison's contract and watching James leave anyway, what would've happened? The Cavs still wouldn't have won a championship, but they wouldn't be one of the worst teams in the history of basketball now, either.

Realistically, that couldn't have happened in Cleveland, and it won't happen in Orlando or New Orleans. There is no explaining that to season-ticket holders or sponsors, and if that's what it takes to head off disaster in the NBA, then maybe the league really does need a lockout to fix it.

Instead, Smith followed the Cavs' preemptive approach to superstar wanderlust.
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