NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Dwight Howard
The 2012 NBA Draft has come to it's conclusion and the attention of the NBA has returned to it's rightful place: the roller coaster ride known as the Dwight Howard saga.
From trade talks to the presence of a new general manager, the Orlando Magic have the world in their hands and indecision as their enemy. Fortunately for those in need of a decision, general manager Rob Hennigan seems poised to get something done.
The question is, what?
Houston Rockets Miss out on Dwight Howard
Much like every other event in the NBA, the first round of the 2012 NBA draft was highlighted by rampant trade rumors surrounding the future of Dwight Howard. At the heart of the commotion was the Houston Rockets, who made any and every move possible to convince the Orlando Magic to send their superstar to Texas.
Unfortunately for those awaiting the arrival of Hakeem Olajuwon 2.0, that dream never came to fruition.
Fortunately for Houston fans, the Rockets had a solid draft in which they landed weapons at multiple positions. One position they didn't select a player at, however, was center. Could a deal still be in the works?
Dwight Howard, GM to Meet
According to John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com, new general manager Rob Hennigan will finally meet with Dwight Howard.
#Magic GM Rob Hennigan will meet face-to-face with Dwight Howard next week."I’m pretty excited about having the chance to speak to Dwight."— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) June 29, 2012
What will come about is yet to be seen, but the meeting could go a long way towards solving the D-12 dilemma. In all likelihood, Hennigan will highlight the conversation with a platter of strategy ideas that Howard will either love or hate; after all, there appears to be no in between with him.
The question is, how likely is it that Howard favors Hennigan's draft-to-win approach? With the Magic superstar wanting to win right away, chances are, he won't.
Could the NBA have a Peyton Manning situation on their hands?
Billy King Dismisses Supposed Trade Talks
After months of speculation, the Brooklyn Nets have finally broken their silence on a potential trade for Dwight Howard. Billy King, the Nets' general manager eloquently mocked the media's evaluation of the non-existent trade discussions.
I don’t think we’ve been involved in what you guys have been writing. I don’t think you’veheard anything from the team. So it’s nothing that I concern myself about. I just get to read and amuse myself.
While King could certainly be offering the media a bit of a rouse to calm the craze, what reason do we have to go against his word? The furthest we've come in the trade speculation is citations of the very journalist who King just responded to.
Nets fans may have to wait until 2013 for their D-Will to D-12 connection.
Magic Hoping to Placate Howard with Josh Smith
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Atlanta Hawks are currently fielding offers for their star power forward Josh Smith. While they're currently "resisting interest" in those potential deals, one of the teams who has called to inquire about a potential deal is the Orlando Magic.
Stein offers insight as to why the deal might get done, as he notes the friendship between Smith and Dwight Howard. While the Magic lack the trade pieces that the other teams involved in trade talks possess, such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets, there is reason for optimism.
After all, where there's a will, there's a way.
Magic Draft Center in Second Round
With the 19th pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Orlando Magic selected power forward Andrew Nicholson out of St. Bonaventure. With the 49th pick in the draft, the Magic selected another front court option; center Kyle O'Quinn out of Norfolk State.
While a second round draft choice is hardly enough to suggest the Magic are ready to move on from Dwight Howard, the addition of depth at the position could stir some controversy. O'Quinn made quite the name for himself in the NCAA Tournament, causing some to believe that he has the potential to start at the NBA level.
If nothing else, O'Quinn will fight for playing time in a way that Daniel Orton never has.
Rob Hennigan Is Well-Aware of Need to Trade D-12
According to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, general manager Rob Hennigan is reportedly "well-aware" of the fact that a Dwight Howard deal needs to be done. Hennigan, however, will not deal the superstar center unless the Magic receive "a laundry list of assets in return."
So who will get it done?
After the Houston Rockets failed to put a deal together, it seems as if no team will be able to organize enough assets to pull it off. Considering the system in which Hennigan emerges from, it will likely come down to which team is willing to offer the most draft picks and young pieces.
Dwight Howard Remains International Favorite
Dwight Howard's turbulent 2012 season, which included trade demands and frustrating indecision, has had little-to-no effect on his international popularity. According to NBA.com, Howard ranked fifth in the world in terms of international jersey sales.
Even if he has become one of the most polarizing figures in the NBA, his popularity remains at an all-time high. Fans love and appreciate his game and, until he pulls a LeBron, it's likely to remain that way. D-12 is a fan favorite.