Howard To Brooklyn Beginning To Look Unlikely

Howard To Brooklyn Falling Apart Fast

7/10/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

I posted an article including other potential trade partners yesterday, so click here if you want to check that out.

The Hawks are surfacing as one of the favorites to land Howard, and Marc Stein of ESPN has suggested the Hawks moving Al Horford, Jeff Teague, and some picks for the big man. ESPN has also reported that the Magic are now in discussions with the Lakers and the Rockets.

May 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) dunks to score a basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of game two of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIREThe Lakers don't make much sense to me, as Howard has said he won't sign an extension in LA and Bynum (the likely trade piece for Howard) has said he won't sign an extension in Orlando. The Lakers don't have any good draft picks to offer and their team is old besides Bynum, so I don't see a deal getting done unless Bynum agrees to sign long-term in Orlando, which he won't.

I could see the Rockets packaging Kevin Martin (who was reportedly on the trade block not long ago) along with one of the Rockets' recent draft picks, and a future pick or two for Howard.

I think the Magic should contact the Hawks and ask about the availability of Josh Smith, who has reportedly requested a trade. He could be a great centerpiece of a deal that could include a couple picks.
APRIL. 11, 2011; Portland, OR, USA;  Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) puts up a shot over Portland Trail Blazers power forward J.J. Hickson (21) during the first quarter at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE
I also believe the Warriors, who reportedly were willing to "rent" Howard not too long ago, could come into play and offer David Lee along with Andrew Bogut and/or some draft picks.

If you want a more in-depth analysis of those trade scenarios, take a look at the link I posted above.

Trust me, I'm just as sick of this Dwightmare as you are. I really hope he doesn't go to the Nets for two reasons: 1) I'm a Knicks fan and the Nets would be filthy, and 2) I don't want Dwight to get what he wants after all this madness. The chances of Howard wearing a new jersey come opening night remain high, but the chances of it being a Brooklyn Nets jersey are dwindling. This situation should continue to be interesting and annoying simultaneously.
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