Its been a roller-coaster season for the Orlando Magic and its taken another dreadful turn.
Magic team officials announced on Friday that Dwight Howard has a herniated disk in his lower back and there is no timetable set for his return. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Howard is unlikely to return for the regular season.
"His return will be determined in how he responds to treatment," team spokesman Joel Glass said.
Howard's condition was diagnosed Friday by spine surgeon Robert Watkins after Howard and Magic physical therapist Ed Manalo went to Southern California for a second medical opinion.
Losers of seven out of their last nine, the Magic currently sit in the sixth-seed in the Eastern Conference and are only three games ahead of the seventh-seeded New York Knicks and eight-seed Philadelphia 76ers.
Howard is averaging 20.6 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.1 blocks in 38.6 minutes per game for the Magic.
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According to a story by Sporting News NBA writer Sean Deveney, the Bulls may be looking for help in the form of one of the NBA’s better two-way players.
In the post, Deveney goes over the most salient points made by brand new New Orleans Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin. This included the fact that Griffin stated that Pels head coach Alvin Gentry will be back and that Jrue Holiday is considered “a franchise building block”.
This could be a bit of gamesmanship from Griffin, hoping to drive up the asking price for an All-Star caliber player such as Holiday.
But Deveney suggests that New Orleans may indeed be serious about their efforts to keep building with Holiday on the roster. Deveney stated, “if the Pelicans don't trade Holiday, it will set up the team for an attempt at a fast turnaround rather than a long, slogging rebuild......It will also frustrate teams looking for a versatile point guard in his prime, hoping that Holiday would be on the block.”
Phoenix was mentioned as the “top contender” for Holiday’s services should he be made available, as the Suns are one of the few teams with an obvious hole at PG. Along with the Suns, Chicago and Orlando were the other teams listed as having interest in Holiday. The Magic completed a low-risk trade during the 2018-19 season that landed them 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, so they may not be inclined to give up solid assets in a deal.
As far as the Bulls are concerned, any serious inquires on Holiday are likely to come after the May 14 NBA Draft lottery.
Depending on where the Bulls lottery pick ends up, the Pelicans could be much more inclined to make a deal with the Chicago front office. The Pelicans ended the season tied with Memphis and Dallas for the 7th spot in the draft lottery odds, and their specific organizational goals could make moving up in the draft order worth losing a valuable player like Jrue Holiday. And for the Bulls, nabbing a player like Holiday helps build onto the positive team culture that Jim Boylen wants to establish and gives the Bulls a perfect guard to pair in the backcourt with Zach LaVine.