Decisions, decisions: That is what life is all about. Dwight Howard has made it clear he would like to be traded out of Orlando. Otis Smith, Magic General Manager, has the task of trying to find a trade that is of value for a talent, such as Howard.
One would think it would be fairly easy, but when a physical phenom is involved, it is much harder than it seems.
The drop off from the best point guard to the second best is typically not much at all. Not for the center position. There is only one Dwight Howard in the NBA, and no other player comes close.
That is why a deal has not been made, and Howard knows this.
Let's just say, for arguments sake, that Smith decides to play some poker and allows for Howard to walk as an unrestricted free agent. If Howard were to re-sign with the Magic, he can sign a five-year contract for $110 million. If he signs elsewhere, he can ink a four year deal for $80.5 million.
Howard would leave $30 million on the table.
If Smith does roll the dice and lets Howard test the free agency waters, he would eliminate quite a number of teams from offering a max deal. Not every team out there can offer a max deal.
Here is a salary cap breakdown of which teams can financially sign a max deal.