Big D to Big D

K.C. Johnson

Chicago Tribune

Mark Cuban has been waaaay too quiet since his Mavericks finally brought him a championship. And while his lockout-shortened season philosophy can't be questioned, he's known for making the big moves.

Thus, even though the Mavericks don't have the most attractive package to land Dwight Howard, look for Cuban to somehow rope in other teams to land The Big D in The Big D. Cuban and Mavericks basketball chief Donnie Nelson did the right thing by letting Tyson Chandler walk and setting the Mavericks up for future moves. Most assumed those would be in free agency. But Cuban and the Mavericks also have been active in the trade market in the past. Look for Dallas to pull the upset.

kcjohnson@tribune.com

Where doesn't matter

Shandel Richardson

Sun Sentinel

If the Magic have learned anything, then Dwight Howard will be gone before the trading deadline.

The Magic brass will not let this become another Shaquille O'Neal situation. Howard has made it clear he wants out. Where doesn't matter. Send him to Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey or anywhere else Howard has hinted he wants to play.

At least this time the Magic can get something in return. O'Neal left for free. By trading Howard, the Magic have a chance to build the franchise. Then maybe, focus can be on basketball and not whether Howard leaves.

The Magic found a replacement for the 1990s Superman. They will find a replacement for the replacement.

srichardson@tribune.com

Lakers need boost

Baxter Holmes

Los Angeles Times

"It's about wherever God wants me to play, wherever He wants me to go." – Dwight Howard

Let's ask Tim Tebow, then. (He and God are best buds.)

Or let's just pick the Lakers because … why not?