Magic Not Interested in Rebuilding?

PHOENIX, AZ - FILE: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic shoots a free throw shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 13, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. It was reported that the Orlando Magic have taken Dwight Howard off the market citing that none of the offers were worth pursuing December 14, 2011. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Marc Stein reports Wednesday that the Nets may still have the upper hand in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, but don't rule out other teams coming up with better packages that offer stars and not rebuilding assets for the perennial All-NBA center.

Stein writes that the Hawks recently discussed a deal that would send Joe Johnson and Josh Smith to Orlando ... and that Atlanta --and other teams-- might be willing to risk Howard not signing a new contract with them next July.

One reason why the Magic aren't ready to accept young players, picks and cap space in return for Howard is that team owner Rich DeVos is 85 years old and unwilling to start over.

Meanwhile, Dave D'Alessandro poses this question: Would Howard be willing to risk not making the playoffs this season by demanding a trade to the Nets, considering just how bad the Nets might be on March 15?

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