Trades that should've been made

The Nets, Magic and Wolves will regret not making these moves

Originally Published: March 18, 2012
By John Carroll | ESPN Insider
 Deron WilliamsGarrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty ImagesThe Nets should have had a plan that included trading Deron Willams if Dwight Howard stayed in Orlando.

Every year at the NBA trade deadline, inevitably there are those trades that apply to the age-old cliché "the best trades are sometimes the ones you don't do."

However, there are also trades you don't do that you live to regret.

Such is the case with the following three trades that should have happened before the 3 p.m. ET Thursday deadline. Trades made under intense pressure and in a short time frame certainly can lead to a bad case of buyer's remorse. But these trades should have been made, and because they weren't the teams are poorer for it, both in the short term and long term.

Dwight Howard to New Jersey Nets or Los Angeles Lakers

Instead of trading Howard on Thursday, the Orlando Magic now have Howard for another year after the center agreed to waive his early termination option, thus guaranteeing he will be with the Magic for the start of the 2012-13 season.

Dwight Howard
AP Photo/John RaouxMagic CEO Alex Martins could be in for Howard's melodramatics again.

What is troubling is Magic ownership engaging in a very dangerous game of chicken. They run the strong possibility of crushing their franchise for years to come. Howard's indecision already has adversely affected the 2011-12 season. Instead of trading him and starting a quick rebuild, they've signed up for the same behavior from Howard a year from now.

John Carroll

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John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.