After months and months of a fiasco that rivals "The Decision" stunt that LeBron James pulled off in July 2010, Magic brass have not yet had their fill.
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
If this is indeed true, somebody needs to get in touch with the Magic front office and ask if they realize what they are doing.
Of course, if it was up to general manager Rob Hennigan, he probably wouldn't want to trade Howard for anything. Technically, it is up to him. However, it would be completely irresponsible for Hennigan to let Howard play next season out in Orlando and then bolt for greener pastures and leave the team with nothing to show for it.
If Howard is traded now, the team would at least receive some kind of package to show for the loss of the organization's biggest draw. They wouldn't be trading their star center for a different one, but they would get some significant cap relief and possibly some prospects in return.
Either way, no matter what they get out of the deal, Howard needs to be traded. To delay the process any longer is a mistake.
The Magic aren't going to contend for a title next season even with Howard on the floor. If he wants out of Orlando so badly, it's dangerous to keep him in town for another season only to lose him on the free-agent market.
The closer we get to the season, the harder it's going to be for the Magic to make a trade. All of the NBA has seen what Howard can do to an entire organization, and the team isn't going to find many other willing suitors that can send valuable pieces back in return.
It is impossible to evaluate the toll that this situation is taking on the players who will definitely be playing for the team next season. Presumably, by now, most of them have stopped paying attention to this media-driven circus. However, the uncertainty surrounding the best player on a team will get any player thinking.
What are the chances of Dwight Howard wearing an Orlando Magic uniform next season?
So many prospective trades have been brought up and haven't come to fruition. That would make one believe that the Magic would jump on a deal that would help them in any way.
Blaming Hennigan and the rest of the front office for wanting to get the best deal possible may seem a bit harsh, but at the rate negotiations have been going, there might not be many feasible offers in the future.
Processes that are prolonged like the Dwight Howard saga seldom work out for either party. Hennigan and his cohorts surely know how much uglier this can become, which is why Howard must go as soon as possible.