Update: 05:08 PM ET From Hoopshype:
Steve Kyler: The Magic have decided to try and make it work and see where things are at the deadline and then again in July.
Steve Kyler: Dwight is worth more to Orlando for the next 4 months than anything they can get in trade.. right or wrong that's how they feel.
Steve Kyler: Here is where the thinking is... there is no deal the Magic can make today thats better than the deal they can make in July via sign & trade.
In addition, Howard stated, "I'm just going to go out and continue to do what I can to help the team I'm on now win a chaThat's my only goal."
Could the Nets and Howard possibly be orchestrating together this "Big Picture" plan that we keep hearing about day in and day out at Netsdaily? It seems as if Dwight could have instilled enough confidence in the Magic franchise to maybe keep him beyond the deadline. If that's the case and the Magic lose in the playoffs as expected, he can just join the Nets, their large capspace and a top 5 pick with Deron, MarShon, potentially Mayo and Morrow(if it is Farmar that goes out in a trade) with Lopez in free agency. Could this all be part of the masterplan for the Nets to have all the pieces that they need to make any move they could want to surround Dwight and Deron with what they want this summer? The Nets afterall have spent the past 2 to 3 years shedding salary, acquiring picks, and buidling the Barclays center for the "Big Picture".
Despite losing a fifth year, I'm sure Dwight sees the value of being able to make it to Brooklyn via free agency for not only his aspirations of becoming a potential cultural icon in Brooklyn but also for his aspirations to win with the team that he joins. What better way to ensure the winning pieces in place than to not gut the team that you want to go to of the assets they have. The "Big Picture" could happen if Orlando is really that dead set on going balls to wall with Howard through the playoffs and into free agency. I'd be so surprised if they didnt trade him but knowing that managment, it's a possible scenario. DeShawne and D-Will have talked of the "Big Picture" and they've bought into it for a reason.
This scenario is not an elusive pipe dream like it would have been in the past. The "Big Picture" is a reality within reach and you can't help but think that maybe the Nets would want to maintain their assets and add Dwight as much as we would like to see that happen as fans of the team. Could it be that Dwight is really helping orchestrate the realization of this "Big Picture" to the extent of making the Magic believe they have a chance at keeping him. Are the Magic dumb enough to really not see the writing on the wall of Dwight saying that the trade request stands?What is going on? Hmmmmm...