Orlando Magic still in discussions for Dwight Howard trade
ESPN reported earlier that the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets are looking for a trade package in which the former is willing to depart with Hedo Turkoglu as well as Dwight Howard, in return for three future first-round picks, MarShon Brooks, Brook Lopez and Chris Humphries from the Brooklyn Nets. However, a source claimed that nothing is imminent at this stage since the Orlando magic and Brooklyn Nets weren’t involved in trade talks before Sunday.
For this potential deal to work, the Brooklyn nets will have to adopt a sign-and-trade policy since Chris Humphries is a free agent. Chris Humphries is included in the list of the most in demand free agents up for signing, after he ranked fifth in the league for 11 rebounds per game last season.
Furthermore, the Orlando magic are keeping their options open and are reportedly also looking at the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and even the Dallas Mavericks for an intriguing offer in return for the Dwight Howard trade.
The ESPN offered Los Angeles Lakers’ Andrew Bynum and Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford as well as Jeff Teague as trade possibilities to Dwight Howard. Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have an assortment of assets and draft picks to play for Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard; and the Dallas Mavericks just might derive their own formula for the trade.
The Orlando Magic may have no desire to keep Dwight Howard due to his wavering commitment throughout last season; thus the franchise go in for a trade. Dwight Howard first brought up his desire for a trade in front of the Orlando Magic in December last year. Since then he has reiterated his demands for a trade in front of former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy (who was actually agreed to it and was looking for a new home for the center before being fired) and the new franchise owner Rob Hennigan. The Orlando Magic owner confirmed that Dwight Howard met him to seek a trade on Friday.
However, most league sources believe that Dwight Howard’s chances of landing with the Brooklyn Nets in a trade are very slim. The Brooklyn Nets just acquired guard Joe Johnson through a trade with the Atlanta Hawks by sending Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro and 2013 picks their way. Thus, the Brooklyn Nets may be under a tight cap space situation after paying Joe Johnson the remaining $89.2 million on his contract over a four-year window.
The Brooklyn Nets are also hoping to sign free agent guard Deron Williams, who also has other teams to negotiate on the list. However, many believe that the addition of another guard to the roster will not taint Dwight Howard’s opportunities with the Brooklyn Nets.