All has been relatively quiet on the trade front lately, but there's a pretty good reason for that. Until the first all-important domino that is Dwight Howard falls, the rest of the league's buyers and sellers will have to take a wait-and-see approach.
If Fox Sports' Sam Amico is correct about the Orlando Magic's time frame, those other organizations might not have to wait much longer. Amico suggests there could be some serious movement early this month:
While some sources said the Magic could possibly hold on to Howard until the February trading deadline, the majority seem to think the team will again try working the phones to see what develops.
Of course, things rarely work out as conventional wisdom suggests they should. That means all those sources could be in for a few surprises.
Howard might start the season with the Magic after all—though he probably wouldn't stick around for too much longer.
He's not the only one who could be in store for an early departure. Here's a look at some big names who could be on the move after the season is underway.