Howard reportedly adds a new team to his preferred trade destination list every week, with the most recent, according to ESPN, being the Chicago Bulls. While Howard is the most demanding option if you are looking for a center, there are other players on the market at the position that could help you immediately.
The center position is one of the most important in basketball on both the offensive and defensive ends. However, in today’s league, there is simply a lack of dominating big men. That’s why many teams are stuck with mediocre talent at center while the rest of their lineup may be strong.
For now, there are several guys available for trade. Here is a look at the five best centers on the market that are not named Dwight Howard.
Andrew Bynum is one of the players closely linked with Dwight Howard for several reasons.
He has often been rumored to be traded to Orlando for Howard and is also Howard’s closest competition in the spot for the best center in the league today. Bynum’s size and length on the defensive end are astonishing to watch.
He is having arguably his best season as a pro this year, averaging 16.3 points per game and 12.2 rebounds per game. There have been times where Bynum has shown the dominating game he is capable of producing.
Bynum isn’t necessarily being shopped around, but the Lakers have admitted he is available for the right price. The Lakers certainly are hoping for Howard to come to L.A., but if another team offers a superstar for Bynum, it isn’t doubtful that we could see the big man shipped out of town.
Chris Kaman was traded to the Hornets this offseason when the Clippers acquired Chris Paul.
The Hornets, however, have a strong front line already that is built around youth and the future. Kaman simply does not fit in the plans for the New Orleans long-term future.
They have admitted they are shopping him around currently and looking for a team to trade with.
Kaman is a savvy veteran that could provide a great boost to the appropriate team. The Times-Picayune reports that he seems destined for a contender who is in need of an inside presence. A team like the Atlanta Hawks or Boston Celtics could really use a guy like Kaman to help them bolster their front lines.
Kaman has had a very productive career up to this point and is a player that simply works hard and does what is asked of him. If he goes to the right team, he could be a major factor in this season’s postseason run.
Noah has emerged as one of the emotional leaders for the young Chicago Bulls.
His presence and influence in the locker room goes undoubted. He is the anchor of the front line defensively and brings a passion to the court that is unmatched by many in the league.
However, with Howard recently saying he wouldn’t mind coming to Chicago, it is believed by Yahoo! that Noah would be amongst the first to go. He is the Bull’s top young prospect outside of Derrick Rose and wanted by many in any trade discussion.
Noah may not bring much offensively, but he is a blue-collar worker on the defensive end. He is known for taking charges, getting rebounds and making the hustle plays that most NBA stars aren’t willing to make.
His type of play is key to a championship run.
JaVale McGee has developed a reputation for his emphatic dunks. The big man from Washington, however, has a bit more to his game that he could offer if sent to the right spot.
The Wizards recently declined to give McGee an extension as he is scheduled to become a free agent this summer. That makes many believe that the team could be speculating trades after the center has been questioned about his attitude on some nights and his overall skill set.
The fact is that McGee is much more than a highlight reel. He is a great shot-blocker and overall defender. He also has worked on his inside game and is developing a nice mid-range jumper.
The Wizards are a total mess right now and what they do with McGee will be interesting. Whether he is a part of their plans or not, he will be a difference-maker for whoever he plays for.
Brook Lopez has been rumored in trade rumors for well over a year now.
He continues to be amongst the top of the Howard-to-New Jersey speculation and is seen as the primary piece if New Jersey ever hopes to trade for a big-time superstar. This season, however, he has spent much time hurt.
The Nets think Lopez is a great young talent but simply have their eyes on much bigger names—the primary being Howard. The Magic will undoubtedly want Lopez if they make any trade, as will any team to make a deal with the Nets.
Lopez is a rare seven-footer that possesses skill on both the offensive and defensive end. If he continues to develop, he could quickly become one of the top centers in the game.