NBA trades make the sports world go round.
Who got Deebo’d and who beat the house always adds a little spice to the season. This year is no different, with the top prize being Dwight Howard. Every team in the league has lusted for the big, but only a few have true honorable intentions for the Orlando Magic center.
We have all heard the stories about the Lakers acquiring Howard. Those screams have been accompanied by the whispers of the New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers obtaining the center. The fact of the matter is few trades ever happen as reported, so the likelihood of Howard rocking the Purple and Gold is slim at best.
Yet, it is likely Howard gets traded, but the question is to where exactly? What team will be able to convince Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith to sell his most valuable stock?
NBA history suggests the destination will either be the Lakers or a team no one has mentioned confidently. It may be a team mentioned by a pundit who, once they uttered said club, was quickly dismissed as if they suggested Good Times was better than Whats Happenin'.
Now, in full disclosure, it would behoove the Magic to keep Howard rather than trade him for a plethora of mediocre players with hideous contracts. These contracts will hamper Orlando and retard their
rebuilding process. The Magic would be a team stuck with players who do not want to be there, but have no other choice. We all know how well those players perform.
However, only a fool would expect Disney’s hoops team to disregard the public pressure and hold on to Howard.
So in an attempt to not sound foolish, here are six teams and four dark horses in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, each with championship dreams and early playoff nightmares. The list includes players who have been named and teams that have been mentioned.