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The Magic have told other teams that they might not trade Dwight Howard before the season starts. Are they bluffing?

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The Rockets and Lakers have joined the Nets as possible trade destinations for Dwight Howard. Which team would be the best fit for the Magic center?

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The Nets may be in the middle of building a squad to rival the NBA's best. After acquiring Joe Johnson from the Hawks (a move that makes Deron Williams more likely to come back), the team is discussing a trade that would bring Dwight Howard on board. The move would immediately make the Nets a team to be reckoned with, although the asking price for Howard is incredibly steep. Still, it'd be worth it for a team in its first year in a new location to have multiple superstars already in place to greet fans.


Championship contenders?

Howard is one of the most dominant defensive players in the league, and alongside Williams and Johnson could really step up his offensive game.

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A steep price?

The Nets could be mortgaging their future with this trade -- Brook Lopez has proven himself a skilled scorer, and losing three first-round picks could severely limit the team's flexibility.

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Which team would get the better end of this theoretical trade?

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Better trio?

The Heat's Big Three have already proven their championship chops, but would they be overtaken by the theoretical Nets trio?

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Which Big Three would be better?

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Shaquille O'Neal is apparently discussing a general manager position with the Orlando Magic. Would Shaq be a good GM?

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On Tuesday, "First Take" debated the proper people to blame for the mess that is the Orlando Magic. Skip Bayless thinks the Magic got rid of their primary problem in coach Stan Van Gundy, while Stephen A. Smith places the blame above Van Gundy's pay grade. What's your take?

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