Orlando Magic: Predicting the Rest of the Dwight Howard Fiasco
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What a day the Orlando Magic had?
The first breaking news came today at around one o'clock in the morning when Chris Broussard tweeted:
Nets have emerged as No. 1 choice for Dwight Howard, multiple sources say. D12 is expected to ask Magic to trade him to NJ.
This took the city of Orlando by surprise, as many thought Dwight would give Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith a chance to build a better team around him this offseason. This was a rough start to a cloudy day in Orlando, but, if you thought that was the only big news that came out of today then you are sadly mistaken.
The next big news came around noon when many reports around the league, most notably from David Aldridge of NBA.com, came out saying that the Magic were ready to file tampering charges against the New Jersey Nets. Supposedly, New Jersey Nets GM Billy King and owner Mikhail Prokhorov met with Dwight in Miami Thursday night.
However, it is too early to tell if these claims are true.
Only an hour and a half later, a new story was reported by the Orlando Sentinel that said Magic GM Otis Smith dealt fan favorite Brandon Bass to the Celtics for Glen "Big Baby" Davis. I actually think that this was a great trade, as Davis has a lot more upside than Bass.
The next story brought a smile to all Magic fans. GM Smith took full advantage of the Amnesty clause and cut the old, over-paid Gilbert Arenas. This move may be the transaction that keeps Dwight in Orlando, as the Magic have a lot more wiggle room to go out and get another star.
The last breaking news reported today was the signing of rookies DeAndre Liggins and Justin Harper.
And that concluded a busy day for the Orlando Magic. However, we should not expect the Magic to stand pat, as there are still many questions not answered, including D12. In the following slides I will make my predictions on what the Magic are going to accomplish in the next few weeks.
Magic Trade for Josh Smith
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Out of all these players, I think Smith will be the easiest to pry away. He has never really fit in with the Hawks, as he has had run-ins with management, players and coaches.
The Magic would have to send former All-Star Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson and a few picks for the talented Smith. This trade makes sense for both teams, as Howard gets his second star and the Hawks acquire the point guard they have needed for years.
The best thing about this deal is that Howard has been friends with Smith since their AAU days in Atlanta. There is no way he abandons his friend.
The Magic File Charges Against the Nets
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News broke today that Nets GM Billy King and owner Mikhail Prokhorov supposedly met with Dwight Thursday night in Miami and talked to him about the possibility of joining forces with Deron Williams. The big word in the previous sentence is supposedly, as nobody really knows if this meeting took place.
However, the rumor around the league is that this meeting did take place, and the Magic are ready to pounce.
Chris Paul Rumors Surface
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Before the Magic make a trade to acquire Josh Smith, I see rumors flying from all over the place that Paul is heading to Orlando. After the trade that would have sent him to Los Angeles was cancelled, many people are wondering if Paul is going to be allowed to go to a big market team.
In the end, I see the Magic missing on Paul, as they don't have the trading assets to compete with the Lakers. This disappoints many fans, but the addition of Josh Smith eases the pain.
Dwight Stays in Orlando
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In the end, I see Dwight Howard staying with the Magic. There are just too many obstacles that are hampering his ability to get out of his situation. From the New Jersey Nets supposedly talking with Dwight to Chris Paul's trade getting axed, it doesn't seem likely that he can find a better situation than he has in Orlando.
Obviously the NBA wants to end this creation of Super Teams craze and is going to do anything in its power to succeed. After all, they did just have a lockout where one of the main issues was the small-market team owners not wanting any more of these All-Star teams.
Plus, his preferred destination, New Jersey, is probably not a likely suitor for Howard's services, as a lawsuit is probably heading the Net's way.
So by default, the Magic keep Dwight and have many more successful seasons with his new sidekick Josh Smith.