Dwight Howard has been linked to a number of teams during this NBA off-season, but the closest to his heart is Atlanta, Howard's hometown. The Hawks could use the publicity after making the playoffs the last few seasons, but making an early exit.
While teams like the LA Lakers and Houston Rockets have made a move to land the All-Star center, Orlando has balked at deals that could have landed them Andrew Bynum and a host of other young talented players; but dealing with the Hawks, the Magic could get a good group of players and draft picks and Howard could return to his home with a hero's welcome.
The 26-year-old is the most dominating center in basketball and last season he averaged over 20 points and 14 rebounds per game. In his eight years in the NBA, his career numbers of 18 points, 13 rebounds, and two block shots are Hall of Fame numbers, but winning a title is a must on his rÃ©sumÃ© and Orlando lost that shot a couple of years back.
While the media market in Atlanta is not that of other big basketball cities, landing Howard would put the Hawks back into the limelight and create a huge buzz among their fans. While nothing official has happened, look for the Hawks to make a big push to land the 2004 top overall pick and create a media storm that the team hasn't had since the likes of Dominique Wilkins.