On Wednesday night, it began to leak that Dwight Howard had in fact asked Orlando’s front office to make a splash before the trade deadline in attempt to turn the Magic into a legitimate contender. The names Steve Nash and Monta Ellis were immediately brought to the forefront.
Dwight Howard has been involved in the decision-making process, which wasn’t the case until now. That always bothered Dwight in the past.
Sources tell Howard the Dunk that should the Magic acquire Nash, Howard will not exercise his Early Termination Option (ETO) and remain with the Magic for at least one more season.
It’s unclear if the acquisition of Ellis would give Orlando the same guarantee, but with earlier reports of Howard’s desire to play with Ellis, one would assume that is the case.
Obviously acquiring Ellis won’t be easy – Chris Broussard of ESPN.com says the Warriors are willing to listen to the Magic, but notes the two sides are far apart:
Golden State is willing to listen to the Magic about a potential trade for its shooting guard, but there is little on Orlando’s roster that appeals to the Warriors, according to sources.
Thus, the sides are not close to having the parameters of a deal in place. Instead, Orlando will begin looking for other clubs to get involved in a three-or four-team deal that would satisfy the Warriors and bring Ellis to Orlando.
The Warriors desperately want to add a big man – they signed Clippers center DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet before the season began, but the Clippers matched the offer. Like Broussard says, the Magic would probably have to find a third and perhaps even a fourth team to send a big man Golden State’s way to complete any kind of deal for Ellis.
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