Golden State Warriors: Why a Deal with the Orlando Magic Makes No Sense

March 6th, 2012 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
If there's one thing you can say about the Golden State Warriors front office it's this: you can't say they're not trying.

When the Magic approached the Warriors about the availability of Monta Ellis, Golden State's front office could hardly contain their excitement. Unlike a large portion of the fan base, the Warriors were not enthralled about dumping Ellis and the $22 million he's owed over the next two seasons. Rather, general manager Larry Riley and company were ecstatic because they may have the piece to lure super talented (and headliner of owner Joe Lacob's wish list) Dwight Howard to the Bay Area.

Whether Riley and friends misinterpreted that inquiry or simply ignored everything the Magic said is irrelevant. What is relevant is the fact that the only reason the Magic want Ellis is to help convince Howard to stay in Orlando after this season. Howard has said many times that he'd like to play alongside Ellis, and Orlando General Manager Otis Smith knows that his job is likely on the line if he's unable to convince Howard to stay with the team.

The two sides will likely continue kicking the tires on trade talks up to the March 15 trade deadline ...

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