What if I told you there was a blockbuster trade on the table that could surpass the Carmelo Anthony trade last season? Of course the trade would be headlined by Dwight Howard. Where would he land you may ask? THE NEW YORK KNICKS!
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith says that the Magic front office has reached out to New York about a trade that would send Superman to the Knicks in exchange for Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. Smith said, "The Orlando Magic, I will preface my statement by telling you that they have categorically denied this, but my sources tell me that they have inquired about Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire going to Orlando for Dwight Howard."
Those are words from, highly credible, Stephen A. Smith. The man has been around for a while now, so I am sure he has developed relationships with numerous sources. Now can we trust that this particular source is credible?
The trade does make sense for both teams, especially at the moment. Orlando knows that the reward for trading Howard is much greater than the risk of losing him for nothing. The Magic also know that New York may be desperate at the moment with their 6-10 record. They are vulnerable and might take the chance at Dwight, even at the risks of losing Stoudemire and Chandler.
Amar'e has been struggling lately, and it is clear that he isn't the player that the Knicks were committed to signing last season. It is also very clear that he cannot coexist on a team with Carmelo Anthony, as evidenced by the benching of one of the superstars so the other can get more touches. Amar'e makes sense for Orlando because he will fill in the seats, especially in his hometown.
The reports suggest that Magic owner Rich DeVos is nagging general manager Otis Smith to gain a valuable return that can compete this year. At 85 years old, DeVos knows that the time is now for his Magic. With an exchange of one big man for two, Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy would have the opportunity to utilize half court plays.
Personally, I think Dwight Howard would be able to successfully coexist with Carmelo Anthony. He is a scorer down low, whereas Melo would be able to set and shoot, or even drive if he chooses. Dwight Howard automatically brings in defense, arguably more than Chandler and Stoudemire combined. Dwight does not need the ball to be successful, whereas Amar'e does. Not only would you have to worry about Anthony's lethal shooting, but on the occasions that he misses you have Dwight grabbing the offensive rebound and scoring.
Looking further into the situation, if the Knicks would agree to this deal, cap space is available to bring in the point guard they so desperately need. Can any of you say Deron Williams? I know I have my hopes up, but imagine Deron running the pick and roll with Dwight in Madison Square Garden? A trio of Williams, Anthony and Howard is looking really good to me.