Obviously, Howard has voiced his desire to be traded to either the New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers. After seven fantastic seasons in Orlando, the All-Star big man wants to be in a position to win a championship and the current Magic roster is just not attractive enough.
Before we come to the premature conclusion that Dwight "Superman" Howard is a lost cause in Orlando, I believe that there are four reasons Howard might consider staying with the Magic.
If there is one player that is going to break out on the Magic roster this season, it is talented young power forward Glen Davis. After being locked up as a reserve behind future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett, the former LSU Tiger will finally be exposed to a larger amount of minutes.
Whether or not Stan Van Gundy decides to start Davis has yet to be reported, as marksman Ryan Anderson is also a candidate for the starting power forward position.
Even if Davis doesn't receive the opportunity to start, the former Celtic is absolutely thrilled about the transaction that landed him in O-Town.
“My whole career, I was playing behind KG, and I don’t think people really were able to see what I can do. The times that I didn’t have to play behind KG, I did a great job. Now, I’m (with the Magic), and I have an opportunity to be a starter, and I’m just embracing the moment.”
With the increased role, I believe Davis will thrive beside Dwight Howard, and hopefully this acquisition will show Howard that the Orlando Magic Front Office is gunning for a championship.
What an offseason the Los Angeles Lakers have had!
From coming up short in the Chris Paul sweepstakes to trading Lamar Odom (arguably their second most valuable player) for relatively nothing, the Los Angeles Lakers are in a state of peril. Plus, with the injury and divorce of Kobe Bryant, things could get downright ugly in Hollywood this year.
Just a few months ago, the Lakers were favorites to acquire Howard from Orlando. However, I don't see Superman wanting to go to Los Angeles now that their organization is in disarray.
On top of that, the Lakers will have to trade away Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum to acquire the talented big man. I believe a supporting cast of Derek Fisher, an injured Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Josh McRoberts and Matt Barnes, isn't too tempting to the young center.
A few weeks ago, the Orlando Magic caught the whole NBA off guard when rumors spread that the team would consider filing tampering charges against Dwight's preferred destination, the New Jersey Nets.
Supposedly Dwight Howard met up with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and GM Billy King in Miami on December 8th, and the next day Dwight Howard informed the Magic of his desire to be traded.
In a league that has been associated with scandals in the past, I doubt that either Dwight Howard or the New Jersey Nets would want to tarnish their reputations by pairing up together.
Plus, the recent news that the Nets' most valuable trading asset Brook Lopez will need to undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot does not bode well for New Jersey's chances in acquiring Howard.
Dwight Howard and Shaquille O'Neal
The last seven years Dwight Howard has been the face of Orlando. He has given O-Town a reason to be excited about Magic basketball and has put the city and franchise on his humongous, muscular shoulders.
From hilarious impersonations to incredible dunks, Dwight Howard has been a fan-favorite in Orlando from day one.
Howard obviously wants to be considered the "good guy" around the league. Not only has he established a foundation that provides scholarships to kids, but he even appeared on a cover of Sports Illustrated with a Magic fan.
However, if Dwight decides to bolt from Orlando, don't expect fans around the league to reflect on all the great times he had with the Magic. Instead, his legacy will be forever remembered as Shaq 2.0.