So there has been a lot of chatter lately with the Celtics. Currently the team is sitting in 3rd place in the East and is on the verge of moving up even more in a very weak conference. The way I see it, they are one good deal away from being a top 2 team in the East. Pretty unbelievable when you think about it. Dwight Howard's name has come up today in several different reports, but with Danny Ainge, who blows a lot of hot air, this must be taken with a grain of salt. Assuming it is true, lets consider why this scenario may not be following The Art of the Deal and why Danny should stay away and look for better deals.
So look, Dwight Howard is a sexy name, to say the least. He is one of the most iconic figures in the NBA starting with his time in Orlando, the Lakers and now Houston. He has averaged over 20 points per game and over 10 rebounds almost every season of his career, and has been a defensive player of the year multiple times. However, the guy has a major attitude problem.
You look at the way he handled leaving Orlando, and it really says a lot about the kind of guy he is. He totally hung them out to dry and showed no loyalty to the organization that helped make him great and basically got Stan Van Gundy fired and they still have never recovered. You also have to look at what happened with him in LA, and he was causing a lot of problems in that locker room and Kobe Bryant, a true winner pointed out that Dwight Howard does not take the game very seriously. That is not the kind of guy who fits with Celtic pride and who we want as the leader on our team.
Additionally, we have to look at the deal itself and how it would probably play out. Dwight has the option to opt out of his enormous deal and there is no way to guarantee that he would be anything more than a rental and not bolt to another team. The Lakers did the same thing and basically got screwed. Dwight changes his mind like the wind and it is very likely that he would only be a short-term rental. You also have to look at what you would be giving up for him: most likely many of our valued draft picks and maybe even "The Brooklyn Pick" would be up for discussion along with David Lee's deal. This would be a great way to lose all of our future for a guy who we would probably only have for a few months. In the end what good is a rental unless you win a championship? Even with Dwight in the fold this team could not win a championship.
So Danny here is my message to you: In order to Make the Celtics Great Again we need to make a big move at the deadline, however that should not be Dwight Howard, and instead should be Danilo Gallanari or Blake Griffin.
By Spencer Roush