NBA Trades: Why Dwight Howard/Andrew Bynum Swap Makes Sense for All Parties

Hunter KonsensCorrespondent IIDecember 31, 2011

Andrew Bynum (left) and Dwight Howard (right)
Andrew Bynum (left) and Dwight Howard (right)Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Dwight Howard is inevitably going to leave the Orlando Magic in the near future. He has voiced his desire time and time again to play for a contender and the Magic roster just doesn't have the pieces in place to make a run at a championship.

Instead of pulling a "Cleveland" and losing their superstar for absolutely nothing, the Magic absolutely need to trade the irreplaceable Howard to help build for the future.

One of the ways they can accomplish this task is to trade for arguably the second best center in the NBA, Andrew Bynum.

Sure, Bynum has been injury-prone in the past, but he has proven to be a dominant center when healthy. He is a fantastic one-on-one defender, aggressive rebounder and possesses one of the most refined post-games in the NBA.

If a deal does actually come to fruition between these two organizations, the Lakers will probably have to deal a package consisting of Bynum, talented small forward Devin Ebanks and a few first round picks.

In the end, this deal works out for all parties and here is why:


Why it Works for the Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers organization is in complete disarray. Their team has taken a huge leap back in terms of level of play, they lost the Chris Paul sweepstakes and they gave up the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year for relatively nothing. 

However, with the addition of Howard the Lakers thrust themselves back into championship contention and the public eye. The trio of Dwight "Superman" Howard, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol would be absolutely unstoppable.

Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard
Andrew Bynum and Dwight HowardRonald Martinez/Getty Images

Why it Works for the Orlando Magic

Orlando has made it publicly known that they are searching for established veterans in exchange for the services of Howard. Bynum has certainly shown that he can be a dominant force in the paint when fully healthy.

Adding the monstrous Bynum and young Ebanks would not just keep the Magic in contention in the present, but they set themselves up for a rebuilding process if they choose to go down that road.


Why it Works for Andrew Bynum

The past few years Bynum has been nothing more than the fifth option on offense and his 10.5 points per game career average is a testament to that. He has a significant, but small role currently with the Lakers despite the fact that he is a tremendous low-block scorer and defender.

With the Magic, Bynum would automatically become the top dog. Not only would this transaction increase his stats considerably, but he will finally be able to compete for his first All-Star game appearance.


Why it Works for Dwight Howard

For the past few weeks, Howard has been extremely vocal on his decision to ask the Magic to trade him either to the New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers.

However, the Nets and Mavs are definitely not contenders in the Howard sweepstakes right now. New Jersey just lost their main trading chip, Brook Lopez, to injury and Dallas has no valuable pieces to give.

This leaves Los Angeles as the only other preferred destination for "Superman."

It is hard to imagine that the bright lights of Los Angeles are not enticing to the 26-year-old center. I wouldn't be shocked to see him sign a long-term deal there.

Plus, he would team up with one of the greatest competitors of all-time, Kobe Bryant, and the most skilled big man in the NBA, Pau Gasol. The trio would be downright frightening.