The Magic want to find a way to keep the team competitive in the event the club loses Dwight Howard, and Stein lists a litany of reasons for that. He mentions that Atlanta has recently inquired about Howard's availability, but ultimately any deal for Howard will likely be consummated with more than two teams. Orlando doesn't have much leverage due to Howard's control over where he extends.
Seems like the Magic owner doesnt want to rebuild and wants veterans (sound familiar). Rockets were almost willing to unload their entire starting lineup for Gasol. Sure, he was under contract but Howard is a more dominant player, 4 years younger, and someone you can for sure build around. The trade would include players like Scola, Martin, Dalembert and Lowry. And leave us with all of our young prospects.
Now this can work 2 ways. We get Howard and try and keep him here with the McHale charm everyone talks about. Tell him Morey is a genius and we also have his Bird Rights which equals +$25 Million is his bank account. Keep in mind that if we clear enough cap we can also attract D-Will over.
Or, if he doesnt want to stay, we can sign and trade him at the end of the season. This can also net us something great from the Lakers, the Nets, or another 3rd team that gets involved. BTW Morey is kinda good at that.