Since the announcement that the 2012 NBA season was on, the rumors and assumptions for the landing spots for key players around the league began.
Chris Paul has since been traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Dwight Howard is still sitting on the Magic's roster.
Although he has been removed from the trade block, it's highly unlikely that Howard will remain with Orlando for the rest of the season.
When the year is over he will become a free agent, so it's in the teams best interest to deal him while they still can get something in return.
That doesn't mean other teams aren't interested.
"Sources told ESPN.com that the aforementioned Hawks, meanwhile, engaged Orlando in trade talks for Howard earlier this month with an offer believed to be headlined by $124 million guard Joe Johnson and swingman Josh Smith. You have to figure that the Magic, though, would insist on Al Horford if such discussions ever got serious."
Should Atlanta make a move for Howard?
The move seems awfully foolish for the Hawks.
Dwight Howard has already made it very clear that he has an interest in ending up on three different teams. Those teams are the Lakers, the Nets and the Mavericks.
Why would the Hawks offer the best players on their roster to pick up a player who would ultimately walk away at the end of the season regardless?
It just doesn't make any sense.
Maybe they would hope that Howard would resign since Atlanta is his hometown. That's a lot to risk on nothing more than hope.
For now, Howard isn't going anywhere. When he does, Atlanta fans should hope it's not their team making an offer.