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If one thing could characterize the next year for the Orlando Magic, it would be desperation.
Dwight Howard's impending free agency, waters that he will test, will hang over everything that Orlando does, and the Magic need to bring talent in that will lead the league's top center to believe the franchise is willing to do whatever it takes to bring a championship to town.
There have been rumors all week about the Magic looking to make a deal for Atlanta's Josh Smith.
However, there are significant drawbacks to this plan.
Per the Orlando Sentinel:
Left unsaid is that, besides Howard, the Magic have only four tradable assets on their current roster: power forwards Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass, point guard Jameer Nelson and shooting guard J.J. Redick.
And even if the Hawks do want to unload their talented young forward, it's difficult to see Atlanta trading him to a division rival for any combination of Anderson, Bass, Nelson and Redick.
That is the big problem here, Orlando doesn't have the horses needed to get a deal done, meaning a third team would have to get involved, and that's when things always get messy and tend fo tall apart.
It would be hard to sell such a move to the fans, and I doubt it ever goes down.
However, the Timberwolves have emerged as suitors for Smith, as the Hawks have dangled him for the second pick according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
This could be another smokescreen or a legit attempt to get up and take Enes Kanter, something that could shift the entire first round. It is certainly something to keep your eyes on.