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Mar 12

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “After eight seasons of being tied to one franchise, you can understand why Howard relishes the prospect of becoming a free agent. He loves the spotlight and loves being courted, as everyone saw when the Magic beat the New Jersey Nets in Newark, N.J., on Feb. 22. Howard and his advisers view free agency as an opportunity that a player will have only once, maybe twice, when he is in his prime. So why not make the most of it? Why not listen to as many sales pitches as possible? Why not enjoy free agency and the spotlight?”
  • In that link, Robbins provides plenty of insight. He explains whether or not Dwight Howard-to-Miami, the latest rumor to pop up, is an actual possibility.
  • With games against the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, and Dallas Mavericks coming up in the next few weeks, the Magic are going to be tested. Whether or not Dwight will be there to help them, with the trade deadline on Thursday, remains to be seen.
  • David Aldridge of NBA.com believes that the Magic, fearing what happened with Shaquille O’Neal in 1996 and not wanting to lose their franchise center for nothing (again), will trade Dwight by the deadline. There’s also the matter of filling the seats at Amway Center with a competitive team on display. Rebuilding is likely not an option for Orlando, which may determine what they receive in a deal if they decide to move Dwight.
  • This week, with regards to figuring out what to do with Dwight, is one of the most important in franchise history for Orlando.
  • Did you know that the Magic are one of only five teams (the Chicago Bulls, Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, and Oklahoma City Thunder are the others) in the NBA to post a winning record in each month of the regular season so far? Now you do.
  • At Orlando Pinstriped Post, Evan Dunlap has put together a trade deadline primer (Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV) to examine the Magic’s assets. His roster breakdown is a must-read.
  • Orlando had a vintage performance against the Indiana Pacers in yesterday’s game.
  • Amidst a report from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, in which he said Dwight is interested in the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami, Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk just wants all the rumors to stop.
  • Helin also believes that if the Magic keep Dwight beyond March 15, they’ll invariably get crushed in the second round of the playoffs. I have to slightly disagree with Helin’s sentiment. Orlando may lose in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, perhaps to the Heat or Bulls, but to suggest they’ll get “crushed” is a bit much.
  • Josh Smith comments on Dwight’s future. Smith is a close friend of Dwight’s.
  • Roy Hibbert was at Dwight’s mercy in last night’s game.
  • It remains to be seen if the Magic will get trade offers good enough to make them seriously consider trading Dwight. For now, more rumors will populate the internet.
  • What would a trade between Orlando and Chicago look like? And what would the roster dynamics be for both teams? Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated attempts to answer some of those questions.
  • If it was up to Kenny Smith, he wouldn’t trade LeBron James or Dwyane Wade for Dwight.
  • The Pacers wilted to the Redick-Howard pick-and-roll.
  • Tom Ziller of SB Nation keeps it short and to the point: “These are the Orlando Magic: losing to the Charlotte Bobcats and beating the Chicago Bulls in the very same week. These are the Orlando Magic.”
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