The Magic, in short, believe time is their ally. So far it has worked. Orlando (10-4) is tied for the third-best record in the East and fourth-best in the league. Winning can fix a lot, and Orlando executives believe the analysis of the Howard situation has ignored an important consideration: The Magic can request trades too, and make them.
League sources say Orlando has not ruled out making a play for Steve Nash in the event the Suns decided to trade the point guard to a contender before the March 15 deadline. Nash, even at 37 and even on a rental basis, could push the Magic back to the NBA Finals at a time when the Celtics are faltering and the Heat are showing signs of wear and tear.
The Magic have about a month to make a play to keep Howard or trade him. Would trading for Nash be enough to placate Howard, who recently asked to be traded? Nash, at 37, is averaging 15.1 points per game and leads the league with 10.1 assists so despite his age the guy can still play and help a contender. No word yet from the Suns front office on the rumors and there hasn't been any discussion of what kind of return they'd expect if they were indeed considering trading Nash.