Every little thing that the Orlando Magic organization does leads to some new rumor regarding All-Star center Dwight Howard.
The latest rumor, this one via the New York Post's Peter Vecsey, is that the Magic's hiring of 30-year-old Rob Hennigan as the team's general manager should signal the end of the Howard era in Orlando,
Vecsey espouses that Howard will be out even sooner than expected because of Hennigan's background. The youngest general manager in the NBA comes from the Oklahoma City Thunder - before that he was with the San Antonio Spurs - and is known for building patiently and prudently through the draft and trades.
The Hoop du Jour columnist believes that Hennigan will follow the steps of his former boss Sam Presti and blow up the Magic roster in favor of building through the draft. Vecsey believes that Howard still desperately wants to go to the Brooklyn Nets to pair up with point guard Deron Williams to compete for a NBA title.
It is certainly possible that Hennigan will look to move Howard soon, but his first move will be to meet with the talented big man.
Personally I look forward to sitting down with Dwight and sharing with him the vision and the direction we're going to go, Hennigan told the Associated Press, and I look forward to listening to what his thought process is and where his head's at. At the end of the day, we'll take it from there.
The Nets have been desperate to acquire Howard in hopes of convincing Williams to sign a long-term deal, but have been repeatedly rebuffed by Orlando. It is possible that the Nets will have better luck making a deal now that general manager Otis Smith is out in favor of Hennigan.
The Nets would likely offer Brook Lopez, multiple first round draft picks, and possibly MarShon Brooks to the Magic.