My apologies for putting this in here, I know that the narrative of the thread has changed to Dwight missing the game tonight vs Brooklyn. But I was watching SVP and Russillo and they were discussing the Mitch interview about not trading Dwight. Below is ALMOST word for word Russillo's comment on the situation, and I must admit he almost took the words out of my mouth.
Russillo: "As soon as you trade him you are probably gonna lose the trade. And what if Gasol is moved? And that's the problem they have right now, what if Howard doesn't want to re-sign? Here's the problem, and people can argue as much as they want, "He's not a leader!". You may not like his personality, I haven't loved it all the time, he looks a mess this year physically, his effort has been all over the place. That still equals a max contract in this league, based on who he is and what he has done in the past. And if you don't think he is worth that, then you are saying at 27 Dwight Howard is done and that he is on the decline. And I don't believe that, this year has been a disaster, but I don't look at that, I look at him as a basketball player that I want to be in the business of. If I am running another team and you are actually gonna trade him, I am harassing you all day to try and get him."