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At this point, everyone knows that Howard wants out of Orlando. He has made it known that he wants to play in Dallas, Los Angeles or New Jersey.
If the Hawks were to acquire Howard now, then they may not be able to re-sign him to a long-term deal after the season ends.
The Hawks would undoubtedly love to bring Howard into Atlanta, but he could decide to leave as soon as he becomes a free agent.
Howard wants to be a Laker, Maverick or Net, and not many other teams have interested him thus far. In years past, players have not had much control in trades, but since Howard's contract ends after this year, he can somewhat decide where he goes.
Teams obviously will not be interested in a player that could be gone after this season, and the Hawks would be smart to join that group.