More than 48 hours from the NBA trade deadline and the NBA trade mill are heating up, especially those surrounding Orlando and Dwight Howard. Yesterday, it was reported that the Magic were making a final ditch effort to try to appeal to Howard to stay if they could mangle some help for him, namely Monta Ellis.
Things just got a little more fun!
Now it seems, the Milwaukee Bucks have joined in and would send Andrew Bogut to Golden State and Monta Ellis would go to Orlando. Although, via reports, Dwight is still not committing to any deal that the Magic offers, this could possibly sway him to think in the short-term.
Here is a snippet about the proposed trade:
Efforts to engage the Warriors with the Bulls and Lakers in trade talks for Ellis have been unsuccessful, multiple sources said Monday. What the Bucks would receive in a three-team scenario with Golden State and Orlando is still under discussion — as is what the Magic would surrender.
The most difficult aspect of Bogut going to Golden State in the three-team scenario that would send Ellis to Orlando is Howard’s apparent reluctance to commit one way or the other by Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline. Even if Howard decided he wanted to stay in Orlando, it’s likely that he would opt out of his $19.5 million contract for next season anyway and test free agency, when he could get a five-year deal from Orlando as opposed to a four-year deal with one of his top two choices, the Nets or Mavericks.
Needless to say, trade rumors are on hyper speed.