The disaffected franchise player still doesn't want to play for the Orlando Magic, but his final destination isn't much clearer today than it was before the trade deadline. With talks between the Magic and Brooklyn Nets stalled and perhaps, over for good, the stage is set for other suitors to enter the fray and make their bids.
Don't count the Hawks out just yet, though.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Michael Cunningham, the Hawks have quietly talked to the Magic amidst all the more highly publicized negotiations:
The Hawks have engaged the Magic in trade talks involving Howard, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. That person did not want to be identified because the teams involved have not discussed the negotiations publicly.
Atlanta could offer some combination of center Al Horford, point guard Jeff Teague and the usual combination of cap relief and draft picks.
That means at the very least, Atlanta would have arguably the most athletic and defensively potent frontline in the league.
Additionally, the acquisition of Devin Harris means Atlanta could part with either Harris or Teague while retaining at least one solid point guard.
Howard's supporting cast wouldn't be amazing, but it may be good enough to make some serious noise in the postseason. Whatever role players remained like Anthony Morrow and Ivan Johnson would be helpful, and the Hawks would find other avenues to add talent.
They could absorb players like Jason Richardson and Glen Davis to spare Orlando the cap burden, or they could use their own cap space to sign some help for Howard.
The first season together might not be immaculate, but the organization would be well-positioned to compete immediately and improve quickly thereafter.
Sure, we haven't heard much about the Hawks snagging Dwight just yet, but maybe we should have.
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