While the Magic would love to make a splashy move before March 15, the general consensus around the league is that they don’t have the trade chips to acquire a second star. The Magic have backed themselves into a corner after making poor personnel decisions and overpaying for players.
Their most attractive assets are Ryan Anderson, J.J. Redick, Jameer Nelson and Earl Clark, but those aren’t pieces that will yield a star player like Nash or Ellis in a trade. Unless they’re able to involve a third team, it’ll be difficult for them to add a significant piece prior to the deadline.
Kennedy has held that stance throughout the season and honestly, he probably has a point. He goes to question whether or not Anderson would have the same kind of impact on another team.
Still, rival teams believe no one in the organization wants to tell the Magic’s 85-year-old owner, Rich DeVos, that they recommend trading him. Several sources who’ve known Howard for years believe his hesitancy with Orlando management has helped validate Martins’ hope of re-signing him. As one of those sources said, “Don’t underestimate how much it means to Dwight to be a pillar in that community. Everyone else wants to pull him out of there, but I’m not so sure that’s where his heart is.”
What makes it harder for Howard to be emphatic with Martins and his teammates that he absolutely wants out is that he disdains confrontation. He doesn’t want to be unpopular – not in that city, not in that locker room. “Dysfunctional” is the word one locker-room source uses to describe the Magic this season, and yet as Martins told Yahoo! Sports: “This team has competed incredibly well with that cloud hanging over it.”
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