Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 3:00 pm  |  22 responses

Report: Atlanta Hawks Offered Joe Johnson and Josh Smith for Dwight Howard

According to ESPN, the Orlando Magic aren’t interested in acquiring young talent (and a combination of valuable draft picks) should they trade Dwight Howard. Nope, they want established vets instead, which the Atlanta Hawks offered them (but they were turned down): “Orlando has moved into a new arena last season and has a 85-year-old owner in Rich De Vos. Sources say De Vos has little interest in starting over/rebuilding, as evidenced by the recent decisions to trade for Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis and re-sign Jason Richardson even though Howard’s future is so murky. The trade proposal for Howard that advanced the farthest to date — before Magic GM Otis Smith publicly announced that he’s not ready to part with his 26-year-old star — would have delivered Nets center Brook Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers swingman Gerald Wallace and at least one first-round pick to Orlando while also seeing the Nets absorb the long-term contracts of Hedo Turkoglu and Chris Duhon for the right to take Dwight with them to Brooklyn. Sources told ESPN.com that the aforementioned Hawks, meanwhile, engaged Orlando in trade talks for Howard earlier this month with an offer believed to be headlined by $124 million guard Joe Johnson and swingman Josh Smith. You have to figure that the Magic, though, would insist on Al Horford if such discussions ever got serious. The Hawks are not on Howard’s short list of preferred trade destinations alongside the Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, even though Atlanta is his hometown.”

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  • Shifty

    Ha! This Dwight trade rumors are getting BORING. Just trade him already.

  • Heals

    and the plot thickens or is inches along more accurate…

  • the truth

    how does lebron garner more hate than this clown dwight? dude’s not even tryin

  • Gametimeweezy

    I’ve said it before I think Dwights best fit will be home in Atlanta… imagine him on that team? forget a trade I’m talking about signing as a free agent.

  • Hart

    Wait what about Horford? I guess they would move him to PF but i like Smith and D12 much better. Too bad it wont happen

  • fruizm

    SLAM…please dont update us with every single rumor regarding Dwight’s trade like you did with Melo…just post a story when hes actually traded.

  • http://www.crappyrappers.com Simon Caine

    Good for Atlanta not making this trade/Orlando not accepting it. It doesn’t make either team better. Hawks have a stronger, veteran team this year. They’ll make more noise than usual.

  • Jake

    He’s not going to be in Orlando. There’s no way. Considering his salary, it’s really hard to put a package deal together for him. ANY of the teams considering picking him up are way better off just waiting until he becomes a free agent. One season isn’t too long to wait to get the best Center in the league. Why sacrifice two or three of your top players to get one player when you can wait 63 games and sign him for 4-5 years?


    that will be nightmare at pf Horford and at C Dwight. damn pack your bags jonhson and Jslim

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Horford and Johnson for Howard, Turkoglu & Reddick is not that terrible of a trade. And although Atlanta isn’t on Howard’s short list, he’s from there, and Josh Smith was one of the players he asked Orlando to trade for.

  • http://www.opendoorsports.net Aliya

    ” The “NO ” was the BEST thing that could have happened to Atlanta ” says David at Open Door Sports.
    Open Door Sports

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    If Orlando could get Horford, Smith and a number one pick. They have to take it.


    Watchin the Miami vs Bobcats game. It’s pretty ill. MJ’s lovin it.


    Not no more. :-) After some Big Plays from Bron , Chris & Wade . Miami took it nicely. 11 points in the 4th – LIKE A BOSH !! JEAH !

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Open Door Sports

  • Shem

    You aren’t going to get a better offer of established players than that, especially to a team he might not even decide to stay with.

  • bull22

    @the seed, exactly… because that atlanta offer is a laugher, its like trading bynum for howard straightup and thinking its a fair trade.. only a fool would fall for that.

  • http://www.iowsports.com/ Blue

    The Magic would be idiots to take on Joe Johnson’s huge contract while they still have Arenas’ massive deal on the books…definitely counter productive

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    They don’t have Arenas’ deal on the books.

  • R Jones

    I thought signing arenas was retarded from the start. why would u pick that idiot over Allen “the answer” Iverson who still has plenty left to contribute and who is by far better than agent zero. Somebody sign A.I. a true superstar and the greatest little man to ever play the game. Wake up Miami. Wake up Lakers. WAKE UP!

  • http://lionmessiah UltimaCarta

    So that leaves the Hawks with Teague, Williams, Horford, and Dwight.

    Brilliant. Try again.

  • Rev

    Bosh for Howard straight up! Best deal right now.