Dwight Howard: Orlando Magic Must Wait to Pull Trigger on Dwight Howard Trade
After a day to sit on the proposed four-team blockbuster that would put an end to the Dwight Howard soap opera by shipping the six-time All-Star to the Brooklyn Nets, new Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan hopefully used that time wisely.
If he did, Hennigan would pull out of this deal immediately.
ESPN.com reports the proposed deal to look like this:
According to sources the Nets would receive Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark in the proposed deal. The Magic would get Brook Lopez, Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson and three first-round picks -- two from the Nets and a lottery-protected first from the Clippers. The Cavs would get Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first-round pick from the Nets and $3 million in cash. The Clippers would receive MarShon Brooks.
From the Magic's perspective, this deal is nice to clear cap space. Getting rid of the contracts of Jason Richardson, Quentin Richardson and Chris Duhon is huge for the future of the franchise. In addition, three of the contracts that the Magic would receive wouldn't be on their books for the 2013-14 season.
Saving that type of money for the future is exactly what Hennigan wants to accomplish.
But the rest of the deal is awful for the Magic.
If Hennigan wants to build through the draft, the three or four first-round picks he will receive won't help that much. Both Brooklyn and the Los Angeles Clippers will be playoff teams, meaning that with those picks, the Magic will be picking late in the draft.
That makes the draft picks almost meaningless.
Then there's the fact that the Magic are getting nothing in return as far as players.
Orlando is getting absolutely nothing in return, and if this is going to be Hennigan's first major move on the job, well, he's going to end up digging himself a hole.
It's one thing to get the cap relief, but he has to get some talent in return as well.
Hennigan is not going to get equal value for Howard, but getting some value should be a priority.
You're not going to build a team around Lopez, and for some reason, he has no interest in Brooks, a player with a lot of promise.
There's no rule that says Hennigan must give into Howard's demands.
By making this deal, that's all he's doing.
He's getting the same return as allowing Howard to walk as a free-agent nothing.
What Hennigan needs to do is to step back and wait on a better deal.
Howard has no leverage. He can't get a max deal with Brooklyn as a free agent. If it is made clear to him that he's not going there, Howard may have to change his tune during the season about who he will accept a trade to.
Hennigan must not worry about what Howard wants and needs to make sure he gets something in return for his franchise player.
Rushing into this deal could mean that the Magic are a lottery team for a long time to come.
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