Center Dwight Howard will be a free agent this summer and according to Steve Kyler of Hoops World, the San Antonio Spurs (among other teams) are listed as a possible landing spot for him next season.
Sources also say that the field for Howard's free agency has widened considerably... Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Antonio, LA and Brooklyn— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 13, 2013
The much maligned big man had a disappointing first season season with the Lakers. From injuries to a sub-par performance in the first round of the playoffs against San Antonio, Howard hasn't been the dominating player he once was with Orlando.
Add the fact he is viewed as a prima donna, and difficult to coach, one has to wonder how fast he might crumble under the direction of a hard-nosed coach like Gregg Popovich.
Also, the Spurs have eight players under contract next season but will be at 41.8 million in the salary cap. If Howard is serious about playing for a championship team like San Antonio, he would likely have to take a cut in pay.
But aside from money, the real question is if Howard can turn the page and set aside his ego for the betterment of the team?
The way he handled himself in Orlando, the constant act of being a clown, reportedly asking his coach at Orlando to be fired, his reputation of not taking the game seriously, all but adds up to a non-Spurs type player. Moreover, there was the report of Popovich chastising Howard at the 2012 NBA All-Star game for not paying attention during a time out.
From constant injuries to a reputation of not being a professional NBA player (called a "clown" by Kevin Garnett), I just can't see this happening. Yes, he is still one of the better big men in the NBA, able to defend and score, and would give the Spurs a presence in the paint, but is that enough to put up with his antics? And what is to say if he does sign with the Spurs, he won't do the same to the Spurs as he did to the Magic when his free agency was on the horizon.
Howard averaged 17 points, 2.4 blocks, 12.4 rebounds, and shot 57% from the field this season with the Lakers.
What do you think Spurs fans? Should the Spurs go after Dwight or simply not bring in a guy with his type of reputation?
Coach Pop is leaving after Tim retires, which is in about 2-3 seasons. Dwight knows this and is wary about playing with a team that could be in rebuilding mode during his prime. Keep in mind that by rebuilding, I mean with Kawhi and Tony, not like other teams that actually have to restart.
But I Am a San Antonio Spurs Fan I think yes they Will Should Get Dwight Howard For the San Antonio Spurs But We All Need the Superman in San Antonio tx.
Let's give him a chance, everybody deserve a second chance, I'm sure he will be like before, especially, he will be under coach G.P. :-)
I am not a Spurs fan, but having had back and neck surgery and knowing I am definitely know I am not the person
I was before the surgery, I would warn off any buyers for him, as he will never be able to play as he did before the
surgery. Let the clown stay in LA and keep the Lakers down!
I'm on the fences about Dwight Howard. I doubt he'll come here, but we'll see how it plays out during the off-season.
@Emicris I'd welcome him to the Spurs, besides if he can't hack it, I'm sure we could find someone who would be willing to trade for him...
Yes! Would love to have his skills in SA! He's the best Center in the league! But he would have to understand its about the TEAM and not about him and that it's NOT his team. If he would take less money and buy into pops system and be coachable. Than yes! Absolutely. But Dwight take less money. Prolly no truth to him wanting to come to SA.
If Howard says he wants rings then the only teams that should be on his radar is OKC ( cash strapped) Miami ( cash strapped unless then somehow trade Bosh for just draft picks) and San Antonio that's, he shouldn't give time nor day to all other teams.
Howard is an idiot ( which he has proven that he is) if he thinks San Antonio is not the best fit for him, he will have the best front office in the league arguably best in sports) he will have a hall of fame coach, future hall of fame PF in Tim, will have Green and Leonard, lockdown defenfers on the wings and most of all he will have the best point guard in the league in Tony Parker what's there not to like about that.
With all that being said, its almost to perfect that it will not happen because
1. Howard is an idiot and he doesn't know what he wants.
2. He is all about himself and money this man cares about no one and to think that he will put that aside to the betterment of a team , especially a team like the spurs, is crazy.
3. This man plays with no heart to be a spur you need determination, work ethic, be coachable, and most of all you must have heart all of these Dwight Howard has proven that he lacks all these skills.
I would love to Howard on this team, he is perfect for this team and we will win rings with this team the problem is and always will be Dwight Howard himself.
Darla Howard is the most overrated and soft player ever to be billed as 'the next big thing'. Maybe he had his moments in Orlando, but he lacks the class and heart to be on the mighty Spurs. If Pop stays, it's a lock that Darla will end up on a team with new and timid head coach that will bow to him. Pop ain't the guy to be doing that with anyone. Especially a guy that's never lived up to his billing.
@The Exorcist Wow, do you actually watch basketball? Dwight Howard is absolutely the most dominant defensive center the NBA has seen in many many years and seriously knows how to score with the basketball. Yes, he can't make a free throw to save his life, but after coming back from injury he almost single handedly pushed a very old, very slow, Laker team who's coach has never even heard of defense into the playoffs.
Any team that adds Dwight Howard will be a much better team. There is no better all around center in the game today.
@The Exorcist not sure how you can say a 3 time DPOY is soft? a guy who averaged 20.6 ppg 14.5 rebounds with a bad back last year. he carried a team with hedo, rashard lewis, courtney less, and RAFER ALSTON starting to the finals.
this year he got screwed, came back early from back surgery, torn his shoulder, played with MR BALL HOG, and crazy ass ron artest but still put up 17/12 and 2.4 blocks in 35 minutes. just slightly below his career numbers per 36 minutes.
put howard next to duncan and under pop and i will guarantee (barring injury) he is a beast mode, and outside of his FT shooting he will get close to if not his averages. i mean howard is LIGHT YEARS better then splitter, and would make splitter all but expendable. put splitter on the bench and i think he regresses so he would be great trade bait, or in a sign and trade for howard. it moves duncan over to a more natural spot on the floor on offense, and takes so much defensive pressure of tim its not even funny. imagine tim and his 2+ blocks, howard with his 2+ blocks, add them 2 and leonard on the glass, we are talking 1999 defensive efficiency! the only starting weak link on defense is tony, and the other 4 EASILY cover for him. thats a title waiting to happen IF pop can get howard to buy in. tim and tony are not broken kobe or brooding pau. the spurs are not going to walk out and say "this is my team" like kobe did, they are going to welcome howard in with open arms and a stern "this is ALL OF OUR TEAM, AND IF YOU WANT TO WIN, YOU BUY IN"
im a fan of howard coming here no doubt.
@JohnAbney @The Exorcist You make some very valid points. And if Howard can be the player we're still waiting for him to be on a truly competitive team, than I can't argue with any of it. But I happen to live in the L.A. area and have seen many a 'franchise player' lose sight of the bigger picture in the after-hours Hollweird scene. Again, if Pop stays and Howard is willing to accept a reasonable salary to be on best team in the league, and if Pop decides to do it, then there's no better coach to turn him back into a force to be reckoned with. But if Howard goes the L.A. Slippers, or some other team for more money and less chance of getting a ring, then he's right back to being Darla.
@The Exorcist @JohnAbney honestly i dont buy that howard wants a ring, i think he is still in "pay me" mode and will mot likely go to houston. (where i live by the way) which i will HATE to see. houston has IMO the WORST fans in the nba behind dallas and miami of course. putting howard in houston will boost their wins, thus bringing in droves of band wagon rockets fans ill have to listen to all season long about how they are now title contenders. UGH!!
@The Exorcist darla. LMAO!
Agree Howard is overrated but he can be great with a coach like Popovich, however Dwight wants rings handed to him he dosent want to have to work for them this is why he wanted to go to Brooklyn so bad so he could pair with Deron.
The only defense I can give to Howard is that during his stint at Orlando he had crappy PGs and a player with his skill set he needs an elite PG to help him create his shot ...could be why he wanted to pair with Deron so badly......well the Spurs have the best and most accomplished PG in the league in Tony Parker so if Howard wants to win then he will sign with San Antonio otherwise he dosent want to win
@jezzyman05 If anyone can transform Howard into a solid contributor that puts the team before himself, it's Pop. Now let's see if Darla Howard wants to win rings or just make the most he can make by bouncing around from one non-contender to the next for what's left of his career. He's still young, 27, but he's entering his 10th year in the league and that takes a toll. Just like foregoing college basketball doesn't typically lend itself to a more mature player. In any event, it's only relevant if Pop doesn't retire.
The guy needs to go with Alice first on yellow brick road to find his heart. Why the would we nab him?
@UsernameAlvin Uh, don't you mean Dorothy? Haha. Sorry for correcting you.
@UsernameAlvin because ... He is, when his head in in the game the best big in the NBA. Tim is gonna retire soon and given the fact that SA is a championship caliber team SA won't win the lottery like it did to get Tim.
I'll rather have Cousins. Both guys are somewhat a basket case but what sets DMC apart is his passing ability.
If there is any Coach/Team that could turn Dwight Howard around so he realizes his potential it is the Spurs.
Howard has said it is all about getting rings and playing for a championship team, let him take an offer with no
guarantee's. An acceptable offer based on his performance to date, and let him prove he has the chops to make it as a Spur.
Any player in this league ought to be honored to play for Pop and the Spurs organization, and Howard has, IMO, never
lived up to his potential. He needs to do some growing up, but under the right conditions, with him proving himself,
San Antonio and D Howard could be a great match.
@timmyjster Exactly ... and please Howard is no Derek Anderson. He is, when his head in in the game the best big in the NBA
Horrible idea - I would say 99 % ploy by agents, 1 % realistic. If the Spurs do a due diligence, it would say that he does not fit in the system - remember Derek Anderson, people.
It could work. Here's why: Howard's career is about to become a huge waste unless he can get into a situation with a contender and do it ASAP. The Spurs present the best opportunity for that to happen. Duncan and Manu both have a couple good years left in them. They can restructure their contracts to make less money for 2 years to accommodate Howard. The Spurs and Howard would have an amazing opportunity to win it all those 2 years. Then, Duncan and Manu retire but Parker and Leonard and the supporting cast are still there and there is money to bring in another superstar and they are Western Conference contenders for years to come. Yes, Howard would have to buy into it but if he had any sense at all he would realize that this would present him with his best options to get 2 rings on his hand. Any other option is unlikely to yield a title for several years.
@geigreg This is the logic I follow too. This would be Howard's best career move. Yes, he would have to clean up his act, and that's the point. When you want to get a young bull elephant to act correctly you put him in group of other older bigger bulls. SA is the only team in the NBA in my opinion that has the players and coach to make him conform. Howard at SA would learn how to play the game, possibly win 2 or more rings and get paid too. Hope D12 is listening
Unless Howard is ready to grow up and act like an adult I don't see this as being a benefit to anyone.
I just can't see him as a fit. Now if the Spurs are persuing him that makes me wonder about either Tiago's future. Are they looking for a superior big man to fill in when Duncan hangs his hat? Or is Duncan already considering retirement? The only reason I think Howard would consider S.A. is if he wants to clean up his image. He has to know that his shennigans won't continue with Pop. If the Spurs don't resign Splitter and I'm sure Manu is taking a paycut they may be able to sign him, but I just don't see it happening.