New York Knicks fans are infamous for looking toward the future for reassurance.
But can you blame them?
For the first time in over a decade the Knicks are one of the best teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference, and if they make the right moves they can be at the very top.
Of course, it is unlikely that under the new collective bargaining agreement that the Knicks will be able to sign either player—but it is possible.
The NBA has quickly evolved into a league where there are several super powers and many teams who don't contend at all, and the Knicks are trying to stay ahead of the curve.
With two superstars already in Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, it would be ideal to add a third.
The Miami Heat made history, along with plenty of enemies, last offseason when they combined three of the league's best players.
In their opening season as the most detested franchise in the history of sports, the Heat reached the 2011 NBA Finals and were stunned by the underdog Dallas Mavericks.
Hopefully the Knicks can continue in their effort to keep up with the hated Heat by inserting another outstanding player into the mix.
Howard's future could end up much like another former Magic center, as an incredible talent just waiting to be paired with other star power.
Likewise, Chris Paul is another prominent player that seems to be stuck in NBA limbo.
But who's the better option, Howard or Paul?