NBA Rumors: Hawks Would Be Making Mistake by Offering Trade for Dwight Howard

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIJanuary 1, 2012

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Since the announcement that the 2012 NBA season was on, the rumors and assumptions for the landing spots for key players around the league began.

The two big name players on the trade block that drew in attention were New Orleans' Chris Paul and Orlando's Dwight Howard.

Chris Paul has since been traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Dwight Howard is still sitting on the Magic's roster.

Although he has been removed from the trade block, it's highly unlikely that Howard will remain with Orlando for the rest of the season.

When the year is over he will become a free agent, so it's in the teams best interest to deal him while they still can get something in return.

There has been a lot of speculation on where Howard will end up. The Los Angeles Lakers and New Jersey Nets are the favorites among fans for the presumed landing spot.

That doesn't mean other teams aren't interested.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Atlanta Hawks are a team that has made an attempt to figure out what it would take to get Howard.

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"Sources told ESPN.com that the aforementioned Hawks, meanwhile, engaged Orlando in trade talks for Howard earlier this month with an offer believed to be headlined by $124 million guard Joe Johnson and swingman Josh Smith. You have to figure that the Magic, though, would insist on Al Horford if such discussions ever got serious."

The move seems awfully foolish for the Hawks.

Dwight Howard has already made it very clear that he has an interest in ending up on three different teams. Those teams are the Lakers, the Nets and the Mavericks.

Why would the Hawks offer the best players on their roster to pick up a player who would ultimately walk away at the end of the season regardless?

It just doesn't make any sense.

Maybe they would hope that Howard would resign since Atlanta is his hometown. That's a lot to risk on nothing more than hope.

For now, Howard isn't going anywhere. When he does, Atlanta fans should hope it's not their team making an offer.

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