Rumors sure are flying. It wouldn’t be a sports crazy world if there isn’t at least one ridiculous rumor floating around. Rumor has it, Apple has placed a bid for the rights of English Premier League (EPL). What is EPL? Well for one its known as “football”, but because we, Americans, have to call it something entirely different to be different, soccer is the more common name. Yes, I know. One, this is a basketball blog and for God’s sake, specifically a Golden State Warriors blog. But I just wanted to prove a point that rumors are flying around. BTW, that iPhone in which you are reading this blog on, might have a subscription to that game called soccer. And before you knock down the game of soccer (here at Blue Man Hoop, respect most and all professional athletes, since we can not do those amazing skills at any level), know that it is at least a three billion dollar venture for it’s media rights. Three big bucks of Billions.
But back to rumor central. An “exclusive” article on Yahoo has now stated that the Warriors are emerging as an aggressive neighbor in knocking at Orlando’s door. For a trade to go down, the Warriors will have to swap somebodies for Dwight Howard and absorb Hedo Turkoglu’s massive $34 million contract that is still left (by far one of the most horrible contract extensions ever!). The Warriors will no doubt have to say bye-bye to either Monta Ellis or Stephen Curry. And they will probably also have to give up a draft pick.
It is clear that new Warriors’ owners are finally doing what they were preaching before the lockout. But is it smart to basically destroy your entire team for one player and take a massive contract as well? And, while the article states that both Peter Guber and Joe Lacob are convinced that the Bay Area is an untapped market for Howard to “own”, there is no guarantee that Howard will enjoy his stay here and there is not a great Plan B if Howard leaves after this year. Howard has already mentioned three teams he would be willing to sign an extension and none of them include the Warriors (for interest sake: Lakers, Mavs and Nets).
So a rental player for one shorten season for one of your best young players. This shouldn’t come as a surprise for Warrior fans. The Warriors were aggressive in pursuing Chris Paul only to have trade talks come to a halt because they were unwilling to part with Stephen Curry, whom many believe will be the face of the franchise, either this season or next or whenever they trade Monta Ellis. Paul would have also been a rental player, but for feeling’s sake, I thought that it would have been easier to convince Paul to stay and attract other big name players. But for someone who is as dominate as Howard has been and will continue to be in the future, that may be a risk the worth taking.