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Magic GM says 6 to 8 teams pushing for Dwight Howard

Mar 6, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

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Apparently there are a number of teams in the “rent-a-Howard” market.

The latest news on the Dwight Howard trade front is that while teams are lining up for a shot to get him even if it is for just the rest of this season, right now there is no movement.

We cannot emphasize this enough — the Orlando Magic’s primary goal is to keep Dwight Howard in Orlando. Magic CEO Alex Martins is doing everything short of begging (actually, he’d probably do that, too) to convince Howard to stay. That stems from a real desire to keep him and to show Magic fans that they did try if Howard is traded. Bottom line: Until word comes down from owner Richard DeVos to move Howard — something he is reluctant to do — nothing is going to happen.

But the Magic front office has not been idle on the Howard front, GM Otis Smith told the Orlando Sentinel.

“I’d say everybody in the league has called us. …but this late, it’s six to eight,” Smith said before the Magic faced the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

Smith said there was “nothing new to report” about Howard’s situation….

“We still have a ways to go. It’s early,” he said. “Usually nothing gets done until the 15th.”

Two thoughts from that. One, “nothing new to report” means Howard’s demand that he be traded to either New Jersey, Los Angeles or Dallas stands. The begging has yet to change Howard’s mind.

Second, there are teams willing to rent Howard for this season. Of the teams on his list, Dallas is not going to trade for him; their goal is to get him this summer via free agency (and Deron Williams, too). The Lakers are certainly involved and likely are still offering Andrew Bynum and parts, but reports are both Howard and the Magic have cooled on that plan. That leaves the Brook Lopez-centered offer from the Nets (which will not be impacted by his sprained ankle).

Afte that, there are teams willing to trade for Howard knowing full well he may opt out this summer and they would lose him. Golden State is one team reportedly in that mix, but there are clearly at least four others.

I don’t expect the Howard thing to start moving until next week, but when it does — and if the owner agrees to move him — it will happen fast.

  1. bparmalee - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    They should trade him to Portland. A big man for the Blazers…. what could go wrong???

  2. mlbbal52 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Yes I would like to go from a team that makes the playoffs every year to the Nets…because that will give me a better chance to win a championship

    -Dwight Howard

  3. diablito0402 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    If howard wants to manipulate the situation, then trade him to the hornets and torture him for the rest of the season,,

    • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 6, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      How is saying who he’ll sign with reason for some sor tof punishment in your head? He’s earned the right to be a free agent. Would you rather him not tell teams whether or not he’d resign, have a team ship it’s future to Orlando, and then have him bolt to the team of his choosing at the end of the season?

      He has every right to choose his employer. Orlando had 7 years to ensure it was thema and it seems they’ve failed. If anyone is going to be punished it’s the Magic (rightly so) and Magic fans.

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Dwight…come to Philly! Jrue Holiday is a nice young PG on the rise….and aside from Lebron, Iggy is the best point-forward in the NBA.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      So many teams with better pgs to offer.

    • gcbball3 - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      Your insane iggy the second best point forward wow. He’s got a better one on his own team in turner. They should trade iggy for a center maye a 3 team trade for chris kaman. And Kevin Martin. Its crazy to be that Jodie meeksmstarts over turner give Evan 30 plus mintutes a nigh and watch the triple doubles come in. Just look at his stats In 20 orr less a nigh. Let the kid pay

  5. gatorays - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    howard will probably stay if the magic just go ahead and fire smith.

  6. ihavecomplaints - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    He and D-Will will sign with the Mavs this summer.

  7. palakerfan - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Bynum is the 2nd best C in the league. If ORL doesn’t want to trade the best C for 2nd best and parts, then they’re crazy. No way is he staying beyond this season. He’ll be off to Brooklyn or Dallas for sure.

  8. rotaylla - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    With couple of picks….they cant loose with that or they risk loosing him in free Agency which l believe they dont want..

  9. moondoggcavalier - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I’m going get killed for this statement, but he could play with Kyrie. We will have the cap room in the summer, more than $20 Million available. We have the assets if the Magic want to do a sign-and-trade in the summer. But, I can keep on dreaming. It won’t happen.

  10. rotaylla - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    The nets are the best bet Orlando and Dwight, reason being that Orlando will get another bigman with an upsides (and still growing) in Lopez, famar a better pointguard than jammeer Nelson, shawne Williams couple drafts picks and both sides should be ok not to mention Hedo turgolu contract that would absorbEd by the Nets..

    • mjagosports511 - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Farmar a better PG than Jameer Nelson??? are you watching the same league as the rest of us??

  11. ezmagic - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I say Dwight commits/resigns with Orlando on the 15th.. It’s already his city… The world will love him unlike lebrons “decision”. Then D will signs with magic in off season. Magic trade jameer/j.rich for draft pics to create cap room. Next season starters. D will, JJ, hedo, Anderson, Dwight…. Smells like a championship! much better team than dwights Brooklyn team

    • tsi431 - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      Your realize that is the exact team they had last year.

      • raidmagic - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:59 PM

        they had Deron Williams at pg I wonder why they got rid of him…

  12. rotaylla - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Yeah better than jameer, show me the statistics that proves he,s better than farmer despite being a starting point guard…

  13. knicks4life - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Ny Knicks

  14. drobstad - Mar 6, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Jeremy Linn & Amare or Amare & Shumpert is a better package than anything they will get anywhere else

  15. jimsjam33 - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    The Lakers need him . The Nets want him . The Mavericks covet him . The Magic have him . The Knicks dream about him . The Warriors are begging for him .
    The answer ? Howard’s mama wants him to stay in Orlando . No trade ! Howard stays .

  16. rudster69 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    Lets go to the Clippers and create a Dynasty!

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