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One of the hottest topics in NBA trade talk circles is the movement, or lack thereof, of the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard. Otis Smith, the Magic’s general manager, recently told the Orlando Sentinel that there were “six to eight teams” actively looking at trading for Howard.
With the recent injury to the New Jersey Nets’ Brook Lopez, a centerpiece of a potential trade between the two franchises, the possibility of seeing a D12-Deron Williams pairing in Brooklyn seems to have faded a bit. It is not completely off the table, but with the longevity of Lopez now in question, the potential for this trade has taken a serious hit.
The Dallas Mavericks are another team that Howard has expressed interest being traded to, and with Mark Cuban’s decision not to keep their championship roster from last season intact, a trade between Orlando and the defending NBA champions is a possibility.
The dream trade scenario for Mavericks fans would be a combination of Dwight Howard and Deron Williams coming to town (a sentiment expressed by the New Jersey Nets’ faithful as well), but that seems like a mighty tall order to fill.
The Golden State Warriors are also seeking the attention of Dwight Howard, though without any real commitment from Howard to stay beyond the end of this season, this seems like a lot of hoopla for little reward coming out of Oakland.
Of course, Howard may decide to stay in Orlando, but the risk of losing Howard without getting anything in return should prompt Otis Smith to move him before the March 15 trade deadline.