Golden State Warriors: The Dwight Howard Dilemma, Again


Mar 30, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after the Sacramento Kings made a basket in the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Lakers defeated the Kings 103-98. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Uh oh, here we go again!

The Golden State Warriors are likely to meet with top free agent Dwight Howard, in hopes to make him a member of the Warriors. The deal would be a sign-and-trade, and the Warriors would be getting rid of some of their best core players such as Andrew Bogut, possibly Klay Thompson, and Brandon Rush (maybe).

I’ll say it before, and I’ll say it again. This is not a good idea.

The Warriors went down this road already when Howard created that fiasco last year with the Magic. He had absolutely no interest of heading to Oakland to help the Warriors in their quest to the championship.

Obviously, they did just fine without him, but could he have helped the Warriors make a deeper postseason run? We’ll never know because he wanted to play with Kobe, and we all know how that worked out.

In the 2013 playoffs, Howard was trusted to the lead the Lakers deep into the playoffs, like he did with basically no team in Orlando. That didn’t work out so well, as we saw the Lakers get crushed by the Spurs every single game in the first round.

Last season, Howard was completely unmotivated. He was having too much fun, not working hard enough, and was often seen with a smile after getting blown out by 30 points. I’m sure that he’s thinking that getting paid is great, but does he not like winning?

When motivated, as we’ve seen, Howard can easily be one of the best centers we’ve ever seen. Unfortunately for him, he isn’t motivated often, and we see him getting dominated by other players like Andris Biedrins.

So if Howard didn’t want to go to the Warriors before, and they had a winning season without him, why do they want him now? He’s undecided on where he wants to play, and I’m sure he has the Warriors at the back of his head, but he still needs to do some growing up.

The Warriors need to see that they can do just fine without him. There are many more perks of having a healthy Bogut, Curry, and Thompson, rather than just a healthy Howard and Curry. Why do the Warriors continue to chase him?

Many may see Thompson as a danger to the Warriors because of his inconsistency, but I’m sure he’s finding a way to straighten that out, making him a better partner in the backcourt to Curry. Break them apart, and the Warriors cannot stretch the floor as well as they would like to.

Howard is not a good choice for the Warriors, but then again, he could easily be one of the best centers in the NBA.

What do you think? Should the Warriors trade for Howard?