Of all the rumors, perhaps none carries more weight than the one linking the Magic to the Hawks, who are listening to offers for forward Josh Smith, Howard's childhood friend and former AAU teammate.

The 25-year-old Atlanta forward would make Orlando more athletic, and pairing him with Howard would give the Magic the NBA's best tandem defensively at the power forward and center positions.

Asked whether there's a potential trade to be made for the Hawks forward, the Magic's general manager said he would not discuss trade scenarios — real or imagined — involving specific players on other teams.