Try this on for size Magic fans, see how it tastes.
For those too lazy:
Why Orlando does it: Obvious. Dwight wants out, fine. Take Hedo with you. Bring in legit Center, best scoring 2 guard since T-Mac, and solid PF in Scola. Draft picks out the butt.
Why LA does it: They covet Howard more than anything and will do whatever it takes to get him. This would be a no-brainer for them. Plus, they’re now in a bidding war with NJ for Howard and must meet Orlando’s demands because they can’t sign Dwight outright this summer.
Why Houston does it: Have already agreed to send everything mentioned above to NOLA in the fallen-apart (again) Paul deal. They get the big man they wanted from the beginning.
Everyone wins (except us, who lose Dwight) but hey, we get a pretty nice parting gift.
I can’t see a plausible scenario where any of the teams combined say no. What does it mean for our short-term future? Keeps us in contention in the East. We get a ton of flexibility in this year’s draft (most talented draft since ’03) which will give us plenty of options to move up/acquire pieces to build around for the future.
Long term: We now will have a glut of PF guys (if Big Baby deal is still on) with Scola, Baby, Anderson and Harper. Thats never a bad thing. Each can be easily moved to help improve draft position this year while the rest stay on for relatively cheap deals. SG spot is also loaded (if J-Rich is still here, which, as long as the deal is actually done, will be true. J-Rich, Martin, JJ and Liggins. Glut of wing guys isn’t ever a bad thing either.
Weak spots: PG and SF.
Answer: Trade our depth, use draft to fill voids at PG and SF.
Editor's Note: As MagicFaninTN astutely pointed out to me on Twitter, why not make LA take back Chris Duhon and Houston send us Goran Dragic as well? I like it.