Turns out, Barnes buys the chatter about Howard’s desire to don purple and gold, because he’s heard the same from a pretty reliable source: Dwight Howard.
“You know, I’ve been hearing [rumors about] Dwight,” acknowledged Barnes. “I’ve been hearing [rumors about] Baron [Davis in the event of getting amnestied]. I’ve been hearing stuff a lot lately. I’ve talked to both of those guys and they wanna be here, so we’ll see what happens.
Exclusive: one of Dwight Howard’s closest confidants wants to make it clear that Dwight does not want to get traded, rather… Otis Smith, “hit a home run” via trade and acquire another superstar, most notably Chris Paul.
Monta Ellis is another player who was mentioned. Magic have some work to do before Christmas.
How he’d help the Magic: Prince’s presence around 3-time DPOY Dwight Howard would make the Magic one of the top defensive teams, improving the perimeter. He would be somebody who can slow LeBron James and Paul Pierce. He’d help cover for J.J. Redick. Hedo Turkoglu would come off the bench as a sixth man.
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