Who's interested in another Dwight Howard update? Yes, really. Another one.
There are likely to be 26 more updates before tonight's games start, but for now we'll roll with Ken Berger, who is reporting that the Magic are coming to terms with the fact that Howard will be walking when the season ends if he isn't traded by Thursday's deadline.
The team they are most likely to make a deal with?
All signs continue to point to Howard, 26, wanting to land in Brooklyn next season with Deron Williams. "I think he wants that big market," said a person apprised of Howard's plans. Teams inquiring about Howard in recent days have been told, yet again, that his No. 1 choice is the Nets, who will open a new arena in Brooklyn next season.
In terms of global marketing and exposure, Howard is said to have been convinced by his representation that "there's no place in the world he can do it like New York," according to a person briefed on his strategy. Part of the end game would be a contract renewal with Adidas -- a deal that, if Howard were in the New York market, is expected to exceed the approximately $200 million arrangement Derrick Rose recently signed with the shoe company.
I've had a hard time processing this Howard situation since the news came out that he didn't have any interest in going to Chicago. I get that players are going to want to have some say in where they're going. I just don't understand his endgame here. I suppose there's an agenda besides winning and I guess that's cool, but it's not my style.
If Howard wants to play in Brooklyn and appear in Jay-Z lyrics and make lots of money to sell shoes, cool. If the Magic can get the pieces in return that make them happy, fantastic. It's pretty obvious that Howard is leaving Orlando as soon as he can. As someone who has watched a franchise player walk away in Toronto, my advice is always going to be to get what you can in return and bid him good riddance.
Who would have guessed the fun-loving joker could cause so many eye-rolls? I'll be a happier human when Howard has a new home and this story is out of my news cycle.
So, to recap: right now, on Tuesday afternoon, it sounds like the Magic will be moving Howard. Before Thursday rolls around though, they will probably flip flop seven times, decide that they want to hang onto him until the end of the season and then pull the trigger on a last-minute deal sending him to the Nets. Yes. That sounds about right.