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NBA Trade Rumors: Atlanta Hawks Scoping Out Dwight Howard Situation

The Hawks' chances of trading for Dwight Howard either in the offseason or during the regular season could become a lot greater if the difficult trade deal the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets are attempting isn't able to go through.

On Monday, there were reports that the deal could include as many as four teams and 14 players, some of whom would even have to renegotiate their contracts. If there is a situation where this deal falls through, the Hawks will be among the few teams still interested in dealing with the Howard saga.

This, from Michael Cunningham at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

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.

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