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Howard off the Block


(DOUGLAS JONES, US PRESSWIRE)

After Orlando Magic superstar center Dwight Howard indicated that he would possibly stay in Orlando for the rest of his career yesterday, the Magic have informed the teams pursuing Howard that he is no longer on the trade block. Howard told the media that he loves the city of Orlando and would love to stay there, but he wants to see some improvement on the roster as far as having the right pieces to win multiple championships. If my memory serves me correctly, we have heard this story from LeBron James before in 2010 when he said that he wanted to stay, but he wanted to be surrounded by more talent. The Cavaliers did the best they could to meet his demands by trading for forward Antawn Jamison. However, as well all know, James left the Cavaliers the following summer after losing in the second round of the playoffs. Could we see this happen again, but in Orlando? The Magic have been playoff contenders pretty much since Howard was drafted, but they have never won a title with him. Right now, Howard is the only legitimate superstar on the team and it seems that he wants another superstar in Orlando, or someone close to the superstar level. This could prove to be a daunting task for the Magic because they don’t have much, if anything of value to offer for such a player. Their only real tradable assets at this point are Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson and possibly Ryan Anderson and of course a package of draft picks. We’ve seen this scenario before and if I were the GM of the Magic, Otis Smith, I would trade Howard unless he signs a deal before the trade deadline for fear of what happened to the Cavaliers after losing LeBron. In this case, it is much smarter to play it safe and get as much talent in place of Howard rather than losing him and getting nothing in return.

 

About J.B. Blanchard

I am senior journalism major at DePaul University using this blog as a launching pad hopefully for a career as a sports writer. I am very passionate about all sports and always up to date on the latest sports scores, news and hot topics.

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