Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Orlando Magic Can’t Trade Howard While Contending

January 21st, 2012 by Brian Mazique Leave a reply »
The window of time that would have allowed the Orlando Magic to trade Dwight Howard without public outcry has closed. As one general manager told Yahoo Sports, “Orlando is too good to trade him now.”

No truer statement has been made about this situation. There are three main reasons the Magic should hold on to Howard for the remainder of the season.


Trade Partners Assets Have Lost Their Value

The New Jersey Nets were, at one time, major front runners with Brook Lopez as the major player of value, according to ESPN. With Lopez's injury and the uncertainty around his effectiveness when he returns, the Magic have to be hesitant about pulling the trigger for a big man with a bad wheel.

Even healthy, Lopez pales in comparison to Howard:

Dwight Howard averages 18 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game for his career.

Brook Lopez averages 17 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in his career.

It would take a nice additional piece to land Howard, and possibly a third team. There is too much uncertainty surrounding this deal.

As far as the Los Angeles Lakers go, ...

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