Dwight Howard has made his intentions known. He wants to be traded from the Magic and has put the Nets, Lakers and Mavericks on his wish list where he would sign an extension.
That hasn’t stopped Orlando and GM Otis Smith from hoping that other teams will get involved in the bidding to have the services of the best big man in the game, even for half a season according to Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel.
The Magic are talking to more teams than the ones on Dwight Howard’s wish list. They will listen to anybody who is willing to take a risk and give up a few good men for Howard if he can lead them to the NBA Finals as a temp.
It’s another reason why they will wait until the March 15 deadline to make a deal for Howard, after he’s played 44 games in Orlando. His new team would land him for 22 games, plus the postseason.
That sounds good but it’s going to be hard to find a team that is willing to give up a real asset to ‘rent-a-Dwight’ for just a portion of the season with no assurance that he will sign long-term with the club.
At the end of the day, the Magic will feel the heat come the trade deadline to move him rather than get nothing in return and the teams on his list – especially the Lakers with Andrew Bynum as the biggest trade piece – will be their best option.