No one is sitting on a hotter seat than Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith. Either way, it looks like he's losing Dwight Howard and it'll take a blockbuster trade to satisfy his critics in Orlando.
He traded a $20 million a year contract for another in the Gilbert Arenas for Rashard Lewis trade. And he did dump Arenas and the big contract, but now he's facing losing the best pure center in professional basketball. Funny thing. A few years ago, Smith and the Magic were knocking on the NBA Championship door with Howard, Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu, Brandon Bass and point man Jameer Nelson. But my how things have changed. This talented crew was busted up.
Turkoglu left, Lewis was traded, Bass bolted and Vince Carter has come and gone. Puff!! Smith will get the blame no matter what unless he pulls off the deal of the century for Howard. Andrew Bynum and Paul Gasol for Howard? Sure.
But the Los Angeles Lakers get the better end of the deal with that. Bynum is no Howard and Gasol seems confused and dazed over girlfriend problems and trade rumors. Brooke Lopez? If I'm the Nets I'll personally drive Lopez to Orlando for that deal. Is there a fair deal for Smith and the Magic? Probably not. This won't end pretty. Shades of Shaq. Smith is in a losing position.