Dwight Howard continues to make serious noise right now on the trade rumor mill. At least a few teams are pursuing him in hopes for either a short-term run at a title or assistance building a bridge to a future championship window.
It goes without saying that there is a tough market out there for Superman's services. But Howard's reluctance to commit to any long-term extension has been a major roadblock between the Magic and potential trade partners, however.
The Orlando Magic center told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports that he'd only re-sign with one team. Still, even that "one team" (believed to be the Brooklyn Nets) shouldn't make any concrete plans for building around Howard in light of the indecision and attitude he's displayed over the past year.
He could simply decide to sit and entertain the many offers that come his way during the 2013 offseason. The 26-year-old center isn't the only marquee player who will hit the free-agent market next season. Andrew Bynum will likely be on the market after playing his option year with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Blake Griffin will become a restricted free agent.
Teams will need to manage wisely if they want to make any serious bid for these free agents next year. Following is a list of teams that should already be looking ahead to next year's free-agency period.