Howard was very specific about which teams he’d like to suit up for when he made preseason trade demands. He has left no hints as to which coach he’d like to play for, either, despite allegations from current Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy that Howard no longer wants to play for him.
We know that Howard wants to win right now. Think of a coach who has won a championship as a player, assistant or head coach. Or a coach as hungry for a title as Howard is.
We know he’s a great defender who wants his teammates to play on both ends of the court. Think of a coach that stresses solid team defense.
We’ve also learned that Dwight has a lot of power and pull with the Magic front office. Think of a coach that is willing to deal with superstars and their egos.
There always a chance that Howard could go to a team that already has his coaching choice in place.
Still, questions remain. Who will be the GM? Will the Magic make some major offseason moves to acquire another All-Star? How much are the Magic willing to spend on a coach?
And of course: How many of these coaches actually want the job?