Where Does Dwight Go?
Dwight certainly didn't have a great time at LA.
Where he is going to go, where shooters are so he can learn how to rebound. My suggestions, Golden State or Houston. He will fit in well and has a chance of getting a ring. (If he knows what that is.)
Rockets fan here
I'd like to see him in Houston. We'd be title contenders as soon as he arrives and would also make Omer Asik expendable. Hopefully we'd be able to snag a guy like Josh Smith in a sign-and-trade with Asik, TJones, and picks.
I would say Houston is the best fit as well because they wouldn't have to trade anyone to sign him. The problem is Asik would be expendable but I don't know how many takers there would be considering he is going to make 15 million in 2015. The way Asik's and Lin's contracts are set up makes them very hard to trade in my opinion so while I wouldn't be surprised if Dwight ends up a Rocket I would be surprised if they were able to bring in Josh Smith as well.
I still think LA is the place for him to be but it seems he will do what most critics think he should do and sign with Houston. Glad Lebron didn't listen to the majority of his critics and signed with MIA, but Howard is a totally different bag of nutts and will give in to the pressure. No matter which way he goes within the top 3 choices he can't really go wrong. My guess 1stHouston, 2ndLA, 3rdDallas.......then Hawks
I strongly doubt Josh Smith ends up in Houston, along with Howard. I feel Atlanta is both preparing to tank next season as well as protect its cap space for next Summer. Assuming the Hawks retain Teague for the year, Asik-Horford-Teague could have the Hawks competing for a playoffs spot next year in this weak Eastern conference. Remember, many of the teams currently tanking are also in the East. Add to that, Asik's 15 million cap hit next Summer. The only way I see Smith going to Houston, along with Howard, is in a multi-team trade where Asik goes somewhere else and picks/young players come to Atlanta.
Ex- Smith to Houston, Asik to NO, Rivers/Picks*** to Atl
***-Additional players from Houston will need to be involved to make it work of course.
Not saying this is a great deal, but consider this:
NO- gave up possibly a great pick to Philly. They can use a big like Asik next to Davis to make the playoff contenders.
Houston- Gets Smith
Hawks- get young players like Rivers, a couple of the pfs from Houston possibly, and picks. This allows Atlanta to still "tank" and pick up prospects, w/o messing with their cap space.
to me golden state is an even better fit than Houston, or at least an equal fit. Golden state has a young star, curry, an up and coming SF, in Harrison Barnes (love parsons but I'll take Barnes) David Lee, bogut, and let's not forget Klay. Golden state had a better record last year than the rockets, made it to the second round by knocking off the three seed. dwight to golden state would be bananas..
Dallas just because I'm from the DFW area and Mavs fan but honestly if I'm Dwight I would not choose Dallas over Houston
What about Orlando? Vucevic, Moe Harkless, Tobias Harris, Jameer Nelson, Big Baby, and Victor Olidipo. Great fit for Dwight.
I think Houston is the favorite, Dallas 2nd. Houston is built for Dwight. It's the type of team he needs to be on to be either the 1a or 1b on a championship team. Harden can be a big time scorer, and the supporting 3 point shooting will make them as legit a contender you will see.
I think its a 2 team race between Houston and LA and despite popular opinion i think in a surprise he stays in LA...Now if it were me i would chose GS, i think the possibility of that team with him in the middle are endless...
He would need the Lakers to sign off on a sign and trade to get to LA. So is the risk of losing him great enough to trade him for Barnes and Bogut? I would say yes because you would get a piece that can help you now and a piece that will help you for years to come.
I doubt the Lakers will do that though because they are the Lakers and think everyone should want to play there so they will likely lose him for nothing to Houston. I would say the Lakers probably wouldn't want to help another Cali team take a step towards a potential title as well...same reasoning they wouldn't trade him to the Clippers for Griffin.
On paper Josh Smith and Dwight would seem like an amazing haul for an offseasons work but..
In the fourth quarter of games, will you be able to keep them on the floor? Especially if you have Asik still on the roster, because none of those three can make free throws, and both Smooth and Dwight have poor offensive decision making (eg Josh pulling up for 20 foot jumpers) and im not sure how all these pieces will fall together.