BREAKING NEWS: Danny Ainge has officially reached out to the agents of this summer’s biggest free agent to see if Dwight Howard has any interest in signing with the Boston Celtics. The Celtics’ general manager has unloaded the contracts of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets while working on a rebuilding effort that included releasing Doc Rivers from his contract in exchange for a first round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers. Those moves will give Boston nine first round picks over the next five years, which will aid in helping them shape a new era that will hopefully lead to another NBA championship.
When Ainge said that he had a plan the first time the Celtics went through a rebuilding mode, people doubted him. Then, within a matter of days, he acquired Garnett and Ray Allen and the Celtics won the upcoming NBA championship. He said he has a plan again this time around. He let Rivers go. He traded Garnett and Pierce. Is this all to sign Howard, giving the Celtics a new big man to build around as they usher in a new day and age in Boston?
The short answer is no.
The long answer is hell no.
Yes, Ainge did reach out to Howard and his agents, even though the Celtics are not on the free agent center’s wish list. The Golden State Warriors were not on that list either, but that did not preclude them from gauging his interest.
Of course, the difference here is that the Warriors are a legitimate contender with great young talent, led by Steph Curry. The Celtics have just let their top two players and contracts go over the past week. They are rebuilding. They know it. Howard knows it.
That means that as immature – and at times foolish – Howard at least appears to be, he will not be joining the Celtics this offseason. Ainge asked Howard’s representatives if he had any interest in joining the Celtics. It was a courtesy call.
To which, Howard courteously said no.
No story here, folks. The Celtics will not sign Dwight Howard. Who will remains a mystery, although smart money is on one of the teams in Texas, with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks being the favorites. Although, we cannot count out the Los Angeles Lakers or Atlanta Hawks. Of course, with the unpredictability and uncertainty and indecisiveness that always comes with Howard, nothing is impossible.
Except seeing him sign his name on the dotted line with the Celtics. That isn’t happening.