Rumors: Dwight Howard to the Golden State Warriors?

FancloudContributor IIIJanuary 5, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic in action against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on December 5, 2009 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images's NBA Chatter Page revealed that Dwight Howard could be going to the Golden State Warriors as a rental. 

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported these developments, writing "Golden State management is willing to take Howard as a one-season “rental,” with the hope of selling him on signing a long-term deal before he enters free agency this summer.

"Like most teams, Golden State has inquired with Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith, but the Magic have yet to commit to aggressively pursuing a trade of Howard. 

"For the Magic to become intrigued with package, two things would likely have to appeal to them: rebuilding around young point guard Stephen Curry; and the Warriors’ salary-cap space to absorb the three years and $34 million left on Hedo Turkoglu’s contract."

If the Warriors are able to acquire Dwight Howard, they will become an instant contender in the West. Their championship odds, which are currently 90-to-1, would likely jump to 10 to 1 upon the news of a Howard acquisition. 

The Los Angeles Lakers and the rest of the Western Conference will wait anxiously as the Warriors make their moves to acquire Howard.