The Orlando Magic are going to do whatever they can to pacify center Dwight Howard over the next week or so, in an attempt to convince him to stay in town for the foreseeable future. That may include some moves before the NBA’s March 15 trade deadline.
One player the Magic have discussed trading for is Golden State’s Monta Ellis. The 26-year-old guard would certainly create an intriguing inside-outside paring with Howard, as he has shown the ability to be a prolific – albeit streaky – scorer.
Ellis is a guy that Howard has claimed he’d like to play with, and the two years and $22 million that remain on his contract are certainly affordable by today’s NBA standards.
The problem for Orlando would be enticing the Warriors to part with the best player on their roster, after all the Magic aren’t exactly flush with intriguing young talent. In fact, a Golden State source told The Oakland Tribune that the team wouldn’t trade Ellis unless it got an All-Star (or someone of that caliber) in return.
Other than Howard who on Orlando’s roster would be an enticing trade piece? The list of players the Magic could send includes Ryan Anderson, Jameer Nelson, Hedo Turkoglu, Glen Davis and J.J. Redick. Anderson is a free agent after the season, so he is is unlikely to have much value, while of the other players named only Redick has any real value and that comes as a situational shooter.
So while it would be great for Orlando if the team figured out a way to get Ellis to town, it would take some kind of “Magic” for it to happen. See what I did there? Eh? Eh? Oh stop shaking your head in pity, writing this stuff isn’t easy, you know?
Unless the Magic get a third team involved they won’t be getting Ellis.