So in a follow-up article to the previous one I wrote about why the Celtics should get Dwight Howard, I want to take the time discuss the difficult part, which is getting him to agree to come here. So far the only confirmed teams that have gotten meetings booked with Howard are the Celtics along with the Atlanta Hawks. Just making the shortlist for a player of Howard's caliber is a great victory for the Celtics and shows how far they have come recently. However, actually signing him will be no simple task and will require some persuasion for a guy who has struggled to find a long-term home since bolting from Orlando in 2012.
The critique on Howard is his maturity level and that his game is declining. If I were him I would certainly be sick of the pundits beating these issues to death. Howard believes that he still has the ability to be a number one option on a championship caliber team. In Houston he was second fiddle offensively to James Harden. This could play right into the Celtics hands during their pitch and both Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens could assure Howard that he would be the number one option offensively and the new face of the franchise. Stevens could talk x's and o's with Howard on what his role specifically would be in the offensive scheme and that could be a strong selling point.
In addition to assuring Howard that he would be the number one option, obviously a guy like Howard wants as much money as possible. Sadly, this isn't baseball where the Celtics could simply outbid other teams for Howard, but offering Howard a max contract with the most years possible and give him the security of a no-trade clause as well as some opt out's could be enough to move the needle.
It certainly won't be an easy pitch, but the combination of a pitch that centers around Howard as the featured, number one option and the highest-paying most flexible contract possible could be enough to land Howard in green.
By Spencer Roush