Last summer, the hottest name in the NBA off-season was Lebron James, this summer, it is Dwight Howard. Although he isn't a free agent this summer, the Orlando Magic are doing what most teams like the Denver Nuggets did to get rid of their superstar before they leave like Lebron James did when it was clear that he couldn't win a title in Cleveland.
It may seem like superstars want to go to a team that will automatically contend for a title but it doesn't seem that way for players like Deron Williams. Williams was traded from the Utah Jazz, who were atop of their conference, to go to the New Jersey Nets, who are among the worst teams in the league. Yet with such a drastic change in the atmosphere, Williams appears to be showing his interest to stay put in New Jersey thanks to the promising young center, Brook Lopez.
The Wizards may seem unlikely to some due to them being a lottery team for the past three years, but I came up with a scenario that would benefit both the Wizards and the Magic.
2012 First Round Draft Pick (lottery protected)