It's looking more and more like while Dwight Howard may not have rescinded his trade request, he's come to accept they aren't going to be realized.
In fact, according to Yahoo! Sports:
Howard has not rescinded his trade request, but he told Yahoo! Sports he thinks there’s a “100 percent” chance the Magic won’t trade him before the Feb. 26 All-Star Game at the team’s Amway Center. Team officials still hope to convince Howard to commit to staying with the franchise for the long term.
Now, I'm not trying to overstate things here, but 100 percent is a lot of percent. That sort of leaves a zero percent chance that he's not going to be traded. It's possible Howard is wrong, but I'm guessing he's a little closer to the situation than most of the people who comment on my articles.
In other words, if you disagree, I'm going to take Howard's word over yours.
So if Deron Williams and Dwight Howard want to play together this year, they might have to form Florida's second super team.
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel suggests they do just that:
If Howard finds that the Magic won't gamble on Lopez and accepts the fact he won't be the clear-cut star in either Dallas or L.A…..why doesn't he say, "Deron, come on down to O-Town?!" The tables could turn dramatically. The Magic could try to deal, say, Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick for Williams. Anderson and Redick have increased their value.
Should Orlando make a play for Williams?
Now of course the very reasonable question you might have is, "'Why on earth would the Nets want to do something like that?" The answer is, they might not have a choice.
In essence, it could come down to a game of chicken, and that's a game where New Jersey might be at a disadvantage. They already gave up the future to get Deron Williams. They run the risk of having given up the future and not gotten a present in return if they let Williams walk next summer.
Better to have less than to have nothing.
So why would Williams do it rather than just waiting for free agency and inking a Dallas contract in his hometown? For the simple fact that by approving a trade and signing with Orlando, he could sign for more money.
I don't know if that's the best for everyone, but it might be the least worst.