NBA Trade Rumors: Otis Smith Still Has Big Dwight Howard Decision

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IFebruary 25, 2012

Dwight Howard.
Dwight Howard.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The month of March is a big one for Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith.

Otis Smith knows that he has a big decision to make regarding All-Star center Dwight Howard. Smith will most likely take the time to soak in all of the festivities over All-Star Weekend, as the city of Orlando can take advantage of all of the eyes surrounding them.

The Magic are coming of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, where they did not have their entire roster available. Additionally, constantly having to deal with all of the Dwight Howard future/trade rumors has taken a toll on the team.

The question is what happens once All-Star Weekend is over? Smith is probably aware of this, and that is why he is in a very tough spot. Would trading Howard help the Magic in the sense that they can finally move on, and focus all of their efforts on winning basketball games? Or, should the Magic take a chance to improve their current roster and try to lure Howard into staying on board for the near future?

One thing that has been happening during all of these trade rumors is that the New Jersey Nets are seeking ways of acquiring Howard from Orlando. According to, New Jersey Nets General Manager Billy King is putting together multiple-team trade scenarios in order to merge Howard with fellow All-Star Deron Williams in New Jersey, or their future home in Brooklyn.

Either way, it appears that the Magic will have to make a call, and make some moves that will help them to become better this season. If they do not trade Howard by the trade deadline, they will have an even shorter time span to somehow convince him to stay for the long-term.

The time has come for the Magic to make a decision regarding Howard, and it will be a franchise changing one.