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Report: Magic seek package similar to ‘Melo deal for Howard

Mar 9, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

Dwight Howard;  Jerryd Bayless ; Chris Duhon AP

Orlando still has not decided that they are going to trade Dwight Howard — in fact, they seem to be leaning toward keeping him through the trade deadline and the end of the season — but if they do move him they are letting teams know what they want:

A haul like Denver got last year for Carmelo Anthony.

I would like to drive a Maserati Spyder. The odds are about the same as Orlando getting that kind of package, but that’s what they want, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.

What Orlando is seeking if it makes a deal for the All-Star center is a package similar to what the Nuggets received for Anthony at the 2011 trade deadline: multiple good, young players and draft picks. Orlando executives view the Denver model as a middle ground between blowing up a contender and starting over with draft picks and reaching for veteran All-Stars whose contracts ultimately could hinder the recovery from a Howard trade.

Representatives of three teams in the mix for Howard – either on his list (Nets, Lakers and Mavericks) or among teams willing to gamble on trading for him in the hopes that he can be persuaded to stay beyond this season – told CBSSports.com Thursday that the Magic have not decided which path to pursue (to keep him or trade him).

Remember that Denver was holding out for a good deal last year, trying to create a bidding war as Anthony worked to force his way to New York. As the pressure built on the Knicks then GM Donnie Walsh remained calm but owner James Dolan stepped in and set up a deal that sent Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov one first-round pick and two second-round picks to Denver. (New York also got Chauncey Billups in that deal.) The Knicks are still trying to rebuild their group of role players around their stars enough to win after shipping them all away.

Orlando isn’t getting a deal like that. And not just because the Nets aren’t owned by Dolan. Berger explains.

The Mavericks and Lakers, teams loaded with high-priced veterans, do not have the kind of assets the Magic want for Howard. The Nets, with 24-year-old 7-footer Brook Lopez and promising rookie guard MarShon Brooks, come closer – though two people familiar with the Orlando strategy told CBSSports.com Thursday that none of the three teams has assets that would entice the Magic to part with Howard. Perhaps this is why Orlando officials have been more forthcoming in recent days about what they’d want in a package for Howard, and why at least one rival GM interpreted this shift in posture as an indication that Orlando understands it needs to create competition and prime the pump on the bidding war.

Something that is happening out there is teams are contacting the Nets and other potential trade partners with the Magic trying to work their way into a three-team deal for Howard.

One interesting potential trade for Howard could be with the Atlanta Hawks, where Josh Smith has asked to be traded. Berger suggests it would be a deal of Smith and Al Horford for Howard (with other pieces around the sides). The Magic may like those plans, but the Hawks are already committed to one oversized deal in Joe Johnson and may no have the financial standing to take on Howard, too. Plus, there are questions of if Howard would want to play there — the Hawks could not make that deal without assurances from Howard he would stay.

Much to the disgust of Derrick Rose there will be a lot of other Howard trade talk — Rockets, Warriors — in the next week but at the end of the day, the Magic may well keep him.

  1. therealhtj - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    At least the Maserati exists. A bunch of could-be all-stars and Draft picks for Howard? Not so much.

  2. loungefly74 - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    (I’m a Laker fan)…part of me wishes Howard would just stay at Orlando, let them rebuild/add pieces around him and do their best to win a title. It’s fair to the city of Orlando and it would give him a solid legacy.
    I think all “transcendent” players (there are only a handful in the league) need to take that approach. Let’s face it, the flak/criticism LeBron received going to Miami will forever “tarnish” his legacy. I even think even if the Heat do win multiple titles, he will never be looked at with the same regards as guys like MJ, Kobe, Bird, Magic, etc…
    IMO…there’s an unspoken rule about these transcendent players, is that they all need to pave their own path, to avoid critcism. Sure, if a team ends up with 2 at one time, it can work (Shaq/Kobe or MJ/Pippen…no one really knew how good Kobe was going to be…and the same can be said for Pippen when he got drafted by the Bulls) but the Heat situation seemed so “forced” or faked or whatever…
    I guess my rant is that the league would be better off if the transcendent guys lead their own teams…with that said, Dwight, just stay in Orlando…they want to win down there.

    • darealrandolph - Mar 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      Dwight Howard wants to be in Brooklyn playing with Deron Williams cuz he feel its gives him best chance to win a title maybe not dis year of course but next year he believe the city of Brooklyn will attract free agents if he and d-will sign long term,big market,more endorsement,a gm like billy king that will allow him and d-will involved in team personal discussion (like which players go get in trades )d-will and d12 will be co gm to billy king and nets organization,cap space in the summer of 2012 unlike like the lakers and mavs d12 wants to be the man in a big city like new york(d-will will take a back seat like amare did when melo join the Knicks. even tho knicks are #1 team in nyc d12 and dwill believe they can turn the nets into Giants vs Jets rivalry or LA Clippers east(cp3 and Blake change da F**kin clippers into championship caliber team that why I believe d12 will end up playing with nets weather he traded there or signing with them through free agency

  3. rushbacker - Mar 10, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Hey Orlando– talk Dwight into signing an extension with Denver, and you can have most of the Melo trade package. . . plus Nene.

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