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Report: Magic to start shopping Dwight Howard before draft

May 24, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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It sounds more and more like Orlando’s ownership and upper management, after spending a year trying to convince Dwight Howard to stay, are done. They want him, he can sign on and stay, but they are done catering to his whims. Well, now that Stan Van Gundy is gone.

Orlando will start listening to offers for Howard before the NBA Draft (when a number of deals are consummated) and from there on, according to Chris Sheridan at Sheridanhoops.com. He also reported earlier this week that Howard “desperately” wants out.

A plugged-in league source tells SheridanHoops.com that the feeling is mutual, and Orlando is prepared to trade him sooner rather than later.

The source said that when Magic team president traveled to Michigan last weekend to speak in person with owner Rich DeVos, the conclusion was reached that not only was it time for Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith to go, but Howard, too.

This is the smart play. Not that I would trade Howard for a draft pick (although if it is the No. 1 and the rights to Anthony Davis I would consider it, however that’s not going to happen), but picks likely are part of any package coming back to Orlando.

What the Magic — and likely Howard — are hoping is the Nets get one of those top three picks and can pair it with Brook Lopez and other parts to send Howard to Brooklyn to pair with Deron Williams. But whoever gets the top picks could be part of a deal for Howard.

  1. rohlo - May 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    something is cooking down in houston.. you heard it here first the rockets are gonna be in play for howard.3 1st rd picks in draft this year and multiple players to move.howard has trained in houston last 2 off seasons and even though yao ming isnt htere anymore the houston market has the gateway to the china media market still..heck tracy mcgrady just got a new commercial over there and he isnt even a rocket anymore..lots of money out of china,!! anyways whether its a one year rental remains to be seen ,but the rockets will be in play…

  2. ctw3786 - May 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Knicks- Tyson and Amare. Give them up

  3. yougotg - May 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    howard was a fool to sign that no opt out clause… no he has NO leverage.

  4. wlubake - May 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Here’s the homer trade of the year, from a Mavs fan trying to cling to hopes of Dirk, Deron and Dwight in Dallas:

    Mavs get: Dwight Howard
    Magic get: Chris Bosh, Roddy Beaubois, 17th pick
    Heat get: Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom

    This would, of course, be dependent upon the Heat not winning again and deciding that they need to part ways with Bosh and balance out the supporting cast. With Odom, you have the option of keeping him or buying him out for cap space to fill in your team with more quality depth.

    Of course, Miami would never go for this trade, but the other two might. Bosh might be as good of a player as Orlando could hope for in a trade. Now everyone tell me how stupid this is.

  5. ahmiller21 - May 25, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Yeah, your last sentence says it all…

  6. 1historian - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    This is the best week of the year – leading up to the draft. Check Sam Smith – he’s always got the hot skinny.

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