Atlanta Hawks have reportedly engaged Orlando in trade talks for Dwight Howard

With each passing day and each report, it seems that we are getting closer and closer to Dwight Howard being traded to the Brooklyn Nets. And while it seems that the Mavericks and Lakers have come to the realization that they probably won’t get a deal done, Atlanta’s Danny Ferry has decided to see if he can swoop in and make a deal.

According to the AJC’s Michael Cunningham, Ferry has reached out the Magic in hopes to swing a deal that would bring Dwight Howard back to his hometown of Atlanta.

The Hawks have engaged the Magic in trade talks involving Howard, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. That person did not want to be identified because the teams involved have not discussed the negotiations publicly.

The Hawks could offer Orlando better players than the Nets. But Atlanta could run the risk of trading away valuable assets only to lose Howard in free agency when his contract expires after next season.

Howard has given no indication he’s willing to commit beyond next season to any team other than Brooklyn. He recently told Yahoo Sports that if a team other than the Nets acquired him, he planned to play out his contract and become a free agent next summer.

Truth be told, this is probably the best trade partner Orlando will find. And if we want to completely tell the truth, it’s probably the best place for Howard to land.

He would be able to team up with Al Horford or Josh Smith, whichever doesn’t get shipped to Orlando, and he can spend all next season convincing Chris Paul to join him. All the while, he’d be the biggest star in a growing Atlanta market. Win-win for both Orlando and Atlanta.

But of course, Howard won’t realize this and will squash any chance of this happening by threatening not to re-sign in Atlanta.

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