D-Day For D12? Anticipation Grows

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 13: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic smiles during the game against the Miami Heat at Amway Center on March 13, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

There's anger in Orlando, anticipation in New Jersey --and Brooklyn-- and confusion just about everywhere else (why the Nets?) as the Magic's options narrow. The Magic and their fans now feel they've been played by Dwight Howard and his powerful agent, Dan Fegan, while Nets fans are divided about whether they want Howard now or in July.

As Brian Schmitz, the long time Magic writer wrote Tuesday night, some in Orlando believe that while Howard plays for the Magic, he works for the Nets. The question now is what do Magic ownership and management do. They essentially have three choices: trade him to the Nets, which by now everyone knows is his first and increasingly only choice; do nothing and hope for the best come July, or make a stunning, last minute bolt from the blue trade with a team willing to "rent" him ... teams like the Lakers, Knicks or whatever dark horse emerges.

Two veteran Nets writers, Dave D'Alessandro and Fred Kerber write that the key player in all of this, beyond Howard, is Fegan. D'Alessandro writes "Nothing has changed since Dan Fegan decided he really needs a client in Brooklyn, or since Adidas decided it needs a poster boy in the New York market." And Kerber quotes the every-present "league source" this way: "If he wants Brooklyn, he’ll be in Brooklyn, and he wants Brooklyn."

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