Some teams are desperate to keep their star players and offer money they don't readily have. Other teams offer non-monetary promises to keep their stars.
Then there's the Orlando Magic.
With Dwight Howard expected to fly the coop, the Magic have given him, as Vito Corleone would say, "an offer he can't refuse."
In this proposal, the team is giving Howard the power to decide the fate of both their coach and general manager at the end of the season, provided he signs an extension with the team.
Yes, that's right. Dwight Howard...deciding the fate...of the two most important people...in the Magic organization.
The Magic have really dug themselves into a deep hole.
No, worse, they've practically sold their soul to the devil.
To offer one player, no matter how good he is, that type of control, shows that they know that the player is almost 100% certain that he will leave and that they are extremely desperate and have no other leverage.
I'm not saying that Dwight Howard should turn down the chance to have this power—I think that the Magic should consider that Dwight is not going to stay.
Over the past two seasons, we have seen star players leave the cities they once called their second home:
If they do trade him, they could get a king's ransom for him, which may or may not keep them in the hunt. Denver got a king's ransom for Anthony last year, and they made the playoffs as the 5th seed, despite the loss of their true superstar.
Needless to say, the Magic are not going to help themselves by selling their soul. They may regret their decision if and when Howard plays his cards.