NBA Trade Rumors: Dwight Howard to the Golden State Warriors?

Peter OwenCorrespondent IIJanuary 5, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - DECEMBER 25:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic looks to have a foul called during the NBA season opening game against the Oklahoma City Thunder December 25, 2011 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma City defeated Orlando 97-89. 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 Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Yahoo Sports' NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski has the Golden State Warriors leaping head first into the Dwight Howard trade arena:

"Y! Sources: Golden State determined to be bidders for Dwight Howard as a rental, willing to sell him on long-term."

The Warriors had tried to sell the same deal to the New Orleans Hornets in an effort to get Chris Paul for the 2011-12 season and failed.

What makes this deal much more suitable in the Howard trade is the Warriors' ability to offer Orlando a point guard to re-build around, with a choice of Stephen Curry or Monta Ellis. The Warriors can also absorb Hedo Turkoglu's three-year, $34 million contract and still have cap room.

The plan in Oakland would be to try to prove to Dwight that the team would be perennial title challengers if he stuck around longer than one season.

Whether Orlando have taken him off the market for good or have "taken him off the market" until the right offer comes in remains to be seen, but the prospect of Curry-to-Dwight or Ellis-to-Dwight alley-oops is highly enticing.