SAS: Magic inquire about Dwight to Knicks

January, 23, 2012
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According to ESPN New York's Stephen A. Smith, the Orlando Magic have inquired about acquiring Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire in a trade for Dwight Howard.

Howard can opt to test free agency after the season. The Magic are mulling the option of trading him before the season ends.

Magic GM Otis Smith has reportedly given Howard's agent permission to speak with the Nets, Lakers and Mavericks about possible trades.

But Smith reported on ESPN New York 1050 on Sunday that the Magic have also talked with New York about a possible transaction involving Howard for Stoudemire and Chandler.

"I will preface my statement by telling you that [the Magic] have categorically denied this, but my sources tell me that they have inquired about Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire going to Orlando for Dwight Howard," Smith said.

Trading for Stoudemire would be a risk right now. He has three-plus years remaining on a contract that is uninsured due to his extensive history of knee injuries.

Stoudemire is struggling through the first 16 games of the season, averaging 17.6 points per game and shooting 41 percent from the floor. Last year, he scored 25 points per game on 50 percent shooting.

There is a concern that Stoudemire can't coexist with Carmelo Anthony. Stoudemire's statistics indicate that he is getting fewer attempts near the rim with Anthony on board.

Also, Stoudemire this season is no longer the Knicks' primary screener on pick-and-rolls. This takes away his opportunities to score on the pick and roll.

Center Tyson Chandler now serves as the Knicks' primary screener. He has proved to be a difference maker on defense for the Knicks (6-10). New York signed Chandler to a four-year, $58 million contract in the offseason.

Any deal involving Howard would likely include Chandler as he and Howard would make for a difficult pairing in the starting five.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 9.6
AssistsR. Felton 5.6
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2

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