Interesting NBA trade rumors about how the Atlanta Hawks tried to pull off a Dwight Howard trade with the Orlando Magic have come out. Apparently, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry made a big push to try and acquire Howard, but got turned down simply because the Hawks and Magic are in the same division.
According to CBS Sports, this took the Hawks out of the running in early July, meaning that the team never really had a shot at acquiring Howard. The rumors out there that Josh Smith could have been part of a package of players heading to Orlando never reached the introductory stage of a negotiation.
Some Hawks fans have been frustrated that it never seemed Ferry or Atlanta made a serious attempt to pull off a Howard trade, but now it seems like he did everything he could. It makes sense that Orlando was worried about trading away their best player to a division rival, even if there are questions about how competitive the Hawks would have been over the next few seasons.
As previously reported on Gather, Howard eventually got traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in part of a four-team trade. He is still set to become a free agent at the end of the season after not coming to terms on an extension, so it also looks like the Hawks would have sent the Magic more than the group of players they received.
What do you think of these NBA trade rumors? Should the Orlando Magic have tried harder to pull off a trade with the Atlanta Hawks rather than the LA Lakers?