NBA Trade Rumors: Magic Wise to Hold out for Right Offer for Dwight Howard

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IIJuly 21, 2012

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The Magic have been getting multiple offers for Dwight Howard and are wise to wait for just the right offer to trade the star center. They need to get the best offer that they can for their rebuilding efforts. 

Dwight Howard has been the subject of many trade rumors over the past year. The Cavaliers and the Lakers are looking into a trade that would send Howard to the Lakers and Bynum to the Cavaliers. As part of the Cavaliers and Lakers trade for Howard, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported that the Magic are waiting for the right offer:

While trade talks have been trudging along among the three teams, with the Lakers taking an aggressive posture in their efforts to land Howard, the discussions have yet to inspire confidence among the Magic brass that it's the best deal the team can get for Howard.

The Magic brass shouldn't be excited about a trade that provides primarily cap space, multiple first round picks and veterans that are average at best. They will be able to get the absolute best offer by continuing to wait. 

However, they have a small obligation to put Howard with a team that will re-sign him long term. Sam Amico of Fox Sports tweeted that the Magic, and not Howard, have been the reason for the trade possibly falling through:

Sources say Magic, not agents, complicating possible deal that would send Dwight Howard to LA and Andrew Bynum to CLE. Link coming.

— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 20, 2012

It's hard to disagree with what they are doing, though. They need to get as much as they can in order to return to relevance again. When a team has arguably the best big man in the league, they have to get the absolute most they can out of trading him.

The Magic are trying to stock pile as much talent as they can as part of their rebuilding efforts. Their tactics can be somewhat grating on their trade partners, though. Fox Sports' Amico expounded on his tweet in a following article:

According to sources, the Magic have frustrated potential trading partners by continuously changing terms at the last minute. 

That is one way to burn bridges. However, the Magic owe it to themselves to maximize the return on every investment they make. By getting as much as they can for the top center, they will do everything they need to set themselves up to be competitive in the future. 

Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek and also runs the NFL Draft Website and the host of Kvetching Draftniks Radio.