Rhom, on 03 July 2012 - 12:38 PM, said:
(Unless they think they have a real shot at convincing LA to give up Andrew Bynum... but they're getting rid of one headache in Howard, don't know why they'd want a second.)
You have to think that's clearly what the Magic would and should want but Howard keeps poisoning the well with his declaration that he'll only re-sign with the Nets. You know at least Lebron went where he did because he wanted a ring...Howard seems only interested in being in New York and hanging with Jay-Z.
Anyway, now that they're out from Joe Johnson's albatross contract Atlanta could also make a better offer than the Nets if they're willing to make Al Horford the centerpiece of the deal and I assume Danny Ferry would.
Orlando has (or should have) no loyalty to anything Howard wants so if either LA or Atlanta were willing to put those offers on the table unconditionally I would be signing the deal before the ink dried.
Trzysztof Trieślowski, on 03 July 2012 - 12:22 PM, said:
Is there now some kind of scenario in which Howard goes to the Nets and Williams does not go to either the Nets or the Mavs? That also seemed impossible a day ago.
It's sounding more and more like Deron Williams is gonna sign with the Nets regardless but everyone is pessimistic that they have enough assets to entice the Magic to trade Howard there. That said, if they are now able and willing to fit them all in with the steep luxury tax then it really only delays things a year (assuming Howard means what he says for once).