NBA Trade Rumors: Dwight Howard To Atlanta 'Gaining Momentum'

With the four-team deal between the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic that would send Dwight Howard to the Big Apple looking like it's falling apart, speculation about Atlanta being in the mix for the biggest domino in the NBA has increased.

According to a report from CBS Sports Ken Berger, the Hawks are one of three teams who have been talking to the Magic in the wake of the Nets possibly bowing out:

With the Nets' longtime pursuit of Howard complicated by the withdrawal of Cleveland as a third team to facilitate the deal, the Magic's ongoing conversations with the Rockets, Lakers and Hawks gained momentum.

The presence of Josh Smith, Howard's AAU teammate on the legendary Atlanta Celtics squad, is presumably the main carrot Atlanta has in retaining Howard, so any deal with the Magic would likely be built around All-Star PF Al Horford.

Horford isn't on the level of Howard or Bynum as a franchise player, but he's locked into a long-term deal and could be a solid building block for an Orlando franchise that doesn't seem interested in a total rebuild.

For more on the Atlanta Hawks check out Peachtree Hoops. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.