Imagine Dwight Howard leaving the Orlando Magic
This is scary for the Orlando Magic organization. Some diehard Magic fans are already discussing this. Don’t write this off by saying, “No. He’s not going anywhere.” General manager Otis Smith has made bad moves leading the team to regress. This does not look good. The trade at the deadline was desperation, wasn’t it? I have to pull a John Lennon and try to imagine a scenario where Howard leaves. As I thought about it, the chances of this actually happening increased. Wow.
Let’s explore the obstacles for him not to stay.
Reasons why he might stay –
The Orlando Magic once reached the Finals. Then they got to the Eastern Conference Finals. Now, the team looks like second round fodder. Orlando fans are confident that he is staying. Cleveland fans were confident once about LeBron, too. Don’t get so cocky. If you do not win and do not show any potential of winning in the future, superstars leave in this era. That’s how it is. The Utah Jazz was not so cocky and traded Deron Williams quick style. That is how it should be done. Otis Smith recently said that he will not trade Dwight Howard. Why mention this? Odd timing. Why even say anything? “No comment” would have sufficed.
Here is one ultimate way to prevent D-12 from leaving: The new CBA has a franchise player tag.
Yes. Force him to stay. Smith is making Howard look like the bad guy with that no trade comment if Howard leaves. Trade offers will come streaming in and he is going to say “no” to all of them? Wow. Not even some consideration on some of the offers? What is Otis Smith doing?