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Magic try to bring in players like Nash not ship Howard out

Mar 1, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

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Orlando is not ready to trade Dwight Howard. They may not be by March 15, but they certainly are not right now.

In fact, multiple reports have them working the phones trying to bring in more talent to put around Howard rather than ship him out. And they know to keep him they can’t just bring in a nice role player, they need a blockbuster.

So they are going after big names like Steve Nash and Monta Ellis.

Here is one report, from Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld.

The Orlando Magic has made offers for Nash in the past and sources close to the situation say that they’ll attempt to acquire the 16-year veteran in the next two weeks. Dwight Howard has asked the front office to pursue Nash and sources close to Howard believe he won’t exercise his early termination option if the team is able to acquire Nash and re-sign him this summer.

The Suns are going to get a lot of calls about Nash, but they have no intention of moving him right now.

Another backup plan is reportedly Monta Ellis, according to a Real GM report. There is only one player on the Magic that the Warriors would give up Ellis for and that is Howard. That’s not going to happen.

But you get the idea, Orlando wants to bring in talent that will entice Howard to stay. The problem is there is nobody on that roster any other team really wants save Howard.

You could argue the Magic had a lot more of that back in 2009 when they went to the finals but they let it go. We’re not going to do that, just keep looking forward Orlando. But that future for the Magic keeping Howard seems bleak considering he gave you a trade demand and a list of teams. Just saying you might want to consider other options.

  1. drunkenjunk - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    what could the suns or warriors possibly want from the magic if Howard isn’t part of the deal. Anderson is the only other decent piece they have trade wise.

  2. stadix093 - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    This is funny. It’s like your model gf saying she wants to see other people, and you try to buy her a Ferrari to keep her around. Only if you get Nash, it’s an older Ferrari that is juuuust about to break down.

  3. acharlot5 - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    So i guess Ryan Anderson and his expiring rookie contract or JJ Redick or maybe even Jameer Nelson and his expiring contract aren’t valuable trade assets. I know they dont have much but they do have some pieces they can work with.

    • kinggw - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Redick and Nelson arent valuable trade assets. Anderson is a valuable big man who can shoot and rebound, the Magic would be fools to trade him. And if you are a GM for the Warriors or Suns do you move Ellis/Nash for the package you discussed? I think the answer would be a resounding no.

  4. lakerluver - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Howard wants to be the man but he APPEARS to be mentally & emotionally soft. He needs a Kobe or a Dirk to do the “heavy lifting” while he does the dirty work. If he goes to the Nets he will NOT win s title. Dwight, stay in Orlando, go to Brooklyn, or sign with Dallas, you don’t DESERVE to wear the PURPLE & GOLD of my beloved LAKERS.

  5. raidmagic - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    “You could argue the Magic had a lot more of that back in 2009 when they went to the finals but they let it go”

    You could argue that but you would be wrong.

  6. phx1311 - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    the only way howard can play with nash is to move to phx because they ARE NOT TRADING HIM

  7. goforthanddie - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    So, if they get Nash, Howard gives them one more year of the same BS. They better demand Howard sign an extension before letting him play GM.

  8. kinggw - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    This is a case of too little, too late. Furthermore, what do the Magic have to trade? The Magic just need to blow it up, this team as constructed isnt going anywhere. They might as well start over again with Lopez, Brooks and the Nets lottery pick.

  9. rotaylla - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    No matter who they brought in, Howard is not staying l am saying this with 100% certainty according to my very reliable source..Take it from me…mark this day on your has spoken…

  10. theonlysaneblazerfan - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    The Magic are mediocre. Nash doesn’t make them a legit contender. Howard doesn’t want to live in Orlando. At best they keep him for one more year and have to deal with all this trade talk again next year. Why don’t they stop being delusional and just move him already?

  11. mcjon22 - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Otis Smith should be fired. Period. He could write a book on how to run a NBA finals team into the ground in less than 3 years. Most educated fans wouldn’t of made the moves this guy has. Why would Howard stay when Smith has proven over and over again that he is not capable of giving him a team talented enough to win a championship, or make the correct decisions and moves when they were on the cusp? Isiah Thomas Wouldn’t of traded for Agent’ packing heat’ Zero or Vince ‘no more hops’ Carter. Fire the clown already.

  12. phx1311 - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    i love otis smith….thx to him i get to watch gortat every other night!!!

    • theonlysaneblazerfan - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      Wow, lucky you. It’s the little things in life I guess.

  13. losangelasbasketball - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    The guy that made the ferrari comment was the best…

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