After several months of trying to trade Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan called the All-Star center Wednesday night to see if he'd reconsider giving Hennigan and the Magic's new regime a chance to keep Howard in Orlando, a source close to Howard said.
It's still unclear what will become of Howard, but the last-ditch effort to convince the franchise player to stay with the team that drafted him in 2004 did make one thing abundantly clear: Howard is anything but "invested" in the Orlando Magic.
That leaves the Magic with the one and only option they've had along. They either trade Howard for the best-available package or lose him to free agency in the summer of 2013, a scenario in which the organization would leave empty-handed.
With that kind of failure out of the question, what are Orlando's best remaining options?