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Why They Should Trade Him
Superman is still in the building, but not for long.
The sad reality for Orlando is that there is very little chance that Howard would be willing to stay with a supporting cast led by Ryan Anderson and a washed-up Hedo Turkoglu. Even sadder is the fact that the team is built specifically around the dominant big man, leaving very little pieces for Orlando fans to look forward to for the post-Dwight era.
That is the part Otis Smith can change. He can trade Dwight now and still get some players with potential back. He has only a few more days to act.
Which Teams Would Be Interested?
The Lakers' interest in Superman is very well covered, although they are not willing to give up both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol for the six-time All-Star, leaving the Magic with very few reasons to trade with them.
New Jersey, meanwhile, remain optimistic that the pairing of Howard and Deron Williams will occur in Brooklyn and not Dallas. However, with Brook Lopez sidelined, the chances on them getting a deal done is slim.
Teams such as Golden State have emerged as potential trading partners thanks to their willingness to 'rent' Howard for half a season. However, also due to the fact that Howard is very unlikely to be willing to remain with these teams, the pieces they have offered are mediocre to say the least.
An Example of a Potential Trade
Orlando trade Howard and Hedo Turkoglu to New Jersey for Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams, Anthony Morrow, Kris Humphries and Lopez.
Quite frankly, this is a salary-dumping trade for the Magic which would speed up their inevitable rebuilding process. Other than Morrow, all the other players received by Orlando have expiring contracts and Smith can let all of them leave at the end of the season.
This is quite similar to the Carmelo Anthony trade last season, except instead of the talented players that Denver received, the Magic gets a chance to get talented players elsewhere, whether it is via free agency or the draft.
Nets get their man, although as a result they have to take on Turkoglu's contract. Nonetheless, the pairing of Howard and Deron Williams should give the Nets two cornerstones to build around.
Possibility of Howard Leaving
I'll repeat: Howard is going to leave no matter what. There is very little chance that Orlando would get better after March 15 and they aren't very good right now. Dwight is either going to Dallas, where he would be playing with Dirk Nowitzki and possibly Deron Williams or he is going to play with the latter in Brooklyn.
As mentioned earlier, all Smith can do now is to try and salvage something back for the superstar.
It all comes down to whether he can accept the fact that Howard is going to leave.