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The Golden State of the Dwight Howard Saga

The Dwight Howard saga is not ending (will it ever end?) — and here’s everything you need to know about all the chatter you’re hearing about the Golden State Warriors and Dwight Howard.

Warriors would trade Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, and a first round pick to the Lakers for Dwight

The Warriors are giving up a lot for an oft-injured, potential nutcase who has serious maturity issues…but who can also be a Top-5 player in the league when his head’s screwed on right.

If you get a mentally focussed Dwight Howard (i.e. Orlando-Dwight), then this deal is probably decent for both teams.

So really, from the Warriors’ perspective, this trade boils down to “can Mark Jackson get Dwight to play like Orlando-Dwight”?  Here’s the thing: the Warriors loved (and I mean, loved) playing for Mark Jackson this year.  The main reason?  Because of how much he bought into the team (just watch this interview).  And I think that Mark Jackson can get Dwight to play to his potential for the same reason — Mark Jackson is as much a nurturing mentor as a head coach (if not more of a mentor than a head coach) and Dwight needs all the mentoring he can get.

In case you forgot, here’s Orlando-Dwight:

Warriors not just clearing space for Dwight

If the Warriors lose out on the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, they are also clearing cap space to sign other potential max-deal free agents like Iguodala.  That’s why their ability to ship Andrew Bogut, Richard Jefferson (good luck trying to trade that contract), and Andris Biedrins, is vital to what the Warriors do this off-season.  Which is why, Golden State-related trade rumors, like this Marc Stein tweet, are essential for the Warriors.

The Warriors aren’t the only ones waiting for Dwight to sign.  Apparently, free agents like Jose Calderon are also seeing where Dwight lands so that they can finalize their plans for next year (a.k.a getting paid).

So Dwight, hurry the f     up, will you?


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