NBA Podcast: Latest Dwight Howard Trade Rumors, Free Agency Buzz

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorJuly 9, 2012

We all wait with baited breath...
We all wait with baited breath...Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Dwight Howard saga continues to hold the NBA hostage, but it looks like a peaceful resolution is coming soon.

With the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic back at the negotiating table, this time involving at least one other team and numerous other players, it appears Howard may get what he wanted all along.

Yet, is this really the best the Magic could get? Are they surrendering as badly as when they traded Ryan Anderson?

In this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA Featured Columnist Joel C. Cordes and NBA Lead Writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss debate what other options Orlando had, if any.

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Also on tap, where will the Nets rank among the Eastern Conference and NBA elite if they actually pull this trade off?

What about the other supposed "contenders" like the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls who have all sat idly by while the Nets, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics have made splashy moves?

Just how screwed are the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets after their disastrous offseasons?

Additionally, should the Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Hornets let their supposedly "disgruntled" restricted free agents walk? Or, do players like Roy Hibbert, Nicholas Batum and Eric Gordon deserve max contracts simply based on their potential alone?

It's a free agency free-for-all on Bleacher Report's Basketball by Association, your final destination for all things NBA!