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Howard more likely to leave Orlando?

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11:15 AM ET 05.01 | Thursday night may have been the worst night in Magic history since the final day of the 1995-96 season when Shaquille O'Neal played his last game with them. Orlando was soundly eliminated by the Hawks in the first round, and there's speculation that center Dwight Howard may be on the move. His contract has an opt-out clause after the 2011-12 season, and he can't be encouraged by the future of the franchise. Howard is rumored to be looking at other places to continue his career, such as Los Angeles, where Shaq headed 15 years ago. Howard wants to capitalize on his celebrity and marketing potential, and the chances of winning a championship in Orlando appear bleak.

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May 1, 2011  11:26 AM ET

Gone.

May 1, 2011  11:28 AM ET

The "Favre" carrot of the NBA threads... now that AI is irrelevant.

May 1, 2011  11:36 AM ET

LA baby

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May 1, 2011  11:43 AM ET

<------ NETS

May 1, 2011  11:43 AM ET

Yes.

May 1, 2011  11:43 AM ET

Knicks.

A'mare and a 1st rounder.

May 1, 2011  11:44 AM ET
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LA baby

I wish.

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May 1, 2011  11:54 AM ET
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Knicks.A'mare and a 1st rounder.

Something along those lines is equitable. Though, equitable doesn't always make the trade. Some teams will not want Amare's guaranteed contract on their books.

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May 1, 2011  12:05 PM ET
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Something along those lines is equitable. Though, equitable doesn't always make the trade. Some teams will not want Amare's guaranteed contract on their books.

They could get a 3rd team involved.

May 1, 2011  12:06 PM ET
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The magic would really be a no defense team without Howard.

They would something in return. They do not want to risk get LeBron'ed and will settle for something like Denver did.

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May 1, 2011  12:12 PM ET

I would love Howard on the Lakers but with Bynum developing well, I don't see the Lakers very interested in him. We need a PG more than a center.
With that said Orlando needs to make bold moves to appease DH. IMO fire SVG now and bring another AS player to complement Howard's game. If not he's gone!

May 1, 2011  12:19 PM ET

I see Orlando fans are in denial, much the same way Cleveland fans were. Look, why would Howard stay? The team has no way to improve, no trade assists and they have over paid for to many players. Howard has two choices. One, stay in Orlando and never win or two, go to a major market like Ny, Chicago or LA and compete for a title. That doesn't seem like a tough choice to make.

Having said that. Noah, Gibson and four, first round draft picks over the next two year's including the Charlotte pick would give Orlando adequate compensation. And would give the Bulls, the team with the best record this season, coach of the year and the youngest MVP in the history of basketball... the best team in the NBA the next five seasons.

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May 1, 2011  12:20 PM ET
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Knicks.A'mare and a 1st rounder.

They already have Gilbert and his broken down body and blotted contract, why would Orlando repeat that mistake?

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