Listening to the sports news in the last couple days has involved a heavy dose of Penn State and a full on bombardment of Dwight Howard. I think most fans can agree that at this point, the world would be happy for Howard to go anywhere so we can simply move on. If we simple sports spectators feel that way, imagine how the Magic feel. They’ve been forced to degrade themselves over and over, pleading with Howard to give them a second chance. Imagine the sheer embarrassment that Rob Hennigan felt when he called Howard to convince him to try Orlando again…Howard obviously said no.
It really is an impossible situation for the Magic. Trading him to the Nets keeps him in the Eastern conference. It also sends a message that if a player holds out, the organization will cave into his demands. So here they are, with a top five player in the NBA on their roster, praying to get rid of him., and just when you thought they’d be forced to settle, the Rockets entered the scenario offering a significant amount of hope.
Not only would Houston take on the contracts the Magic are looking to get rid of, but they’d also give the Magic a group of young players and picks that would improve a grim future. For Orlando, the sooner they get this deal done the better. The team has lost its identity completely now that Howard’s whining has earned him a potential trade. Sure, the Magic screwed up last season with how they handled the Howard/Van Gundy situation, but the last thing they deserved was a summer of waiting and frustration. They got it, and the only way out is to send Dwight to Houston and start with a fresh slate.