It’s been about a week or so since the last Dwight Howard trade rumor so you know what that means right? It’s time for a new one! The latest rumor about Howard comes via Alex Kennedy. Kennedy stated that if Howard were to reach free-agency next season, assuming with no team holding his birds right, that the Atlanta Hawks would be one of the teams pursuing Howard strongly. The Hawks also feel that they would have a really good chance in landing Howard in free-agency due to his great relationship with current players Anthony Morrow, and Josh Smith. In addition to this, Hawks officials feel that the hometown effect, as Howard grew up in Atlanta, would also be a huge factor in landing him with the Hawks.
At this point Howard’s chances of becoming a free-agent after the 2012-2013 NBA season are probably better than what most people think. Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan is apparentl convinced that he can keep Howard with the Magic, even though he has told him face-to-face that he wants out. After hearing this Henniganhas still not gone deep into talks with any team, as he feels that no deal has come close to what they want for Howard.
At this point Hennigan is just becoming as bothersome as Howard, especially since what he’s been asking for in a trade, picks and cap relief, have been offered to him by the Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers via a trade facilitated by theCleveland Cavaliers, and he has turned down all of them.Hennigan feels that if the teams trying to acquire Howard are truly serious about it, that they will also be around in the next few months to try and acquire him. While this is true the one thing that Hennigan may not be looking at is the fact that some teams may not be willing to part with picks, or take bad contracts when Howard is that much closer to becoming a free-agent. The Rockets would be one of the teams that could sign Howard outright in free-agency, so there deal in February may not be as good as it is now.
The only team that would need to upgrade their deal dramatically come February would be the Lakers, as they would not have the cap space to sign Howard outright in free-agency. But I digress. Getting back to the Hawks and Howard. Kennedy also stated that the Hawks had tried to acquire Howard last off-season, offering up several varying packages, but that the Magic, just like they are now, were not willing to part ways with Howard.
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