I just spoke to a source close to the Magic and Dwight Howard trade situation in regards to any Knicks involvement. The answer was blunt.
“Not at all,” the source said when I asked if the Knicks were in engaged in ANY sort of dialogue to try and trade Howard to New York. “There is zero dialogue.”
While it appears that it’s a foregone conclusion Howard is destined to head to Brooklyn, I’m told, the Magic prefer to send Howard to the Western Conference and that stalemate has been going on since before the trade deadline. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, but this does appear to be Carmelo Anthony part two.
As of right now there is zero reason to believe that the Knicks will actively pursue the Magic center in a trade. I did find it interesting that there didn’t appear as if the Magic scoff at the idea of what the Knicks can offer, which could include Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire, Anthony and Iman Shumpert. It appeared as if it was the Knicks who weren’t inquiring about the possibility of a deal.
As we’ve seen time and time again, things in the NBA move really fast, but for now this is your real time update.
Via NY Post
A move to add “Superman’’ for Chandler and Stoudemire is risky. But standing pat with Lin as the starting point guard is risky, too. Nash would change everything, and the Knicks are trying to add more salary to their sign-and-trade with the Suns to compete with the Raptors’ potential bid of more than $10 million per year.
Without Nash, the Knicks look no stronger than a first- or second-round playoff team, not on the same level of the champion Heat. They could become the newest version of the Hawks, with their former coach on the bench.
Howard, with his low-post game and monstrous defense, makes for a more traditional lineup and creates real possibilities of ending the Knicks’ 40-year championship drought, just like if the Zen Master had joined the program.
I agree with Berman. Without Nash the Knicks are at best a 5 seed in the East and won’t have home court in my opinion. Raymond Felton doesn’t make them much better. Jason Kidd will help but he’s a long shot. The Knicks need to think big, and there’s no bigger thought right now than Dwight Howard.
Howard has his faults, but he is a dominating player on both ends and makes the Knicks roster much more balanced. Again, like with Nash we’re talking a long shot, but it’s a call that needs to be made.
Neither do I. Not until I speak to someone who leads me to believe there are any legs to it.
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