Dwight Howard Trade
December 9, 2011 by staff
Dwight Howard Trade, A Dwight Howard trade might soon take place if the All-Star center gets his wish. Howard is reportedly preparing to ask for a trade to the New Jersey Nets. That likely isn’t what the Orlando Magic want to hear right now, but the team might not have that much of a choice if Howard decides that he doesn’t want to play there anymore.
Back at the end of November, I wrote about a trade offer that the Nets were reportedly putting on the table for Howard. In that trade offer, the Nets were willing to trade center Brook Lopez and two future first-round picks for Howard and forward Hedo Turkoglu. The reason the Nets offered to take Turkoglu was to help the Magic remove his $35 million contract from the books.
The only problem with that scenario is that the salaries don’t quite match up. A way that it could work though, is if the Nets added players to the deal. One possibility is the Nets sending guard Anthony Morrow, guard Jordan Farmar and center Johan Petro. Those salaries, combined with that of Lopez would offset enough to allow this trade. The Nets are under the salary cap, so all that is necessary is for the incoming salaries to keep the franchise under the cap. In all honesty the players that the Magic get from this trade aren’t very impressive, but Lopez and the drafts picks could help it a bit.
This trade is all predicated on the belief that Howard asks for the deal and that the Magic decide it is the best move for the franchise. If the Magic did make this trade, and then decided to use the NBA amnesty clause on Gilbert Arenas, the franchise would soar under the salary cap. That would even allow the team to take a look at the free agent market if the Howard trade got made rather quickly.
Orlando may have to make a move on Friday (Dec. 9), because that same source that talked to ESPN stated that Howard might not attend the opening of training camp on Friday. That might lower the opinion that some fans have of Howard, but it could also get the superstar dealt out as soon as Orlando can find a package that suits the needs of the franchise.
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