Dwight Howard Trade: Miami Heat Should Trade for Orlando Magic Big Man

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIFebruary 2, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 21: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic argues a call during a preseason game against the Miami Heat at Amway Center on December 21, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Of all the teams interested in Dwight Howard (New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, etc.), one team has been surprisingly silent about trading for the best center in basketball.

That team is the Miami Heat.

It may seem impossible for the Heat to trade for Howard, but in reality, it isn't. Using ESPN's NBA Trade Machine, I've comprised the perfect trade for Howard.

And the Heat really don't have to give up too much in order to land him.

The proposed trade sends Chris Bosh, Norris Cole and Mike Miller to Orlando. Sure, that may seem like quite a bit of talent, but for landing the greatest center of our generation, it really isn't that much.

Since the Heat started the "Big Three," Bosh has arguably been the weakest link. While Miller and Cole have been superb reserve players, their production could be replicated by Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers and James Jones.

For a second, just imagine LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Howard taking the court together for the remainder of the NBA season. It brought a little smile to your face, didn't it?

This trade is really a no-brainer for the Miami Heat. However, does it make sense for the Orlando Magic?

At first glance, the talent given away by Orlando compared to what is received is quite different. However, when you dig a little deeper, I believe you'll find that Orlando would actually be much improved with these three new players.

First, Bosh has the talent to be a perennial All-Star. He's used to being the sole member in the spotlight, but when he went to Miami, he had trouble becoming the third option.

That doesn't mean that he still can't produce. He absolutely can.

In also adding Miller and Cole, the Magic get one of the hardest workers in the NBA in Miller and a truly exceptional rookie in Cole.

Throughout the season, we've seen that Jameer Nelson simply isn't the answer for the Magic. Maybe Cole is.

Maybe Cole is ready to be a full-time starter. His energy and skill level certainly project that.

While losing Howard would be one of the biggest losses in franchise history, Orlando would get three talented players in return that could revitalize the team.

Of course, the Heat would be the bigger winners, but of all the trade offers that Orlando has supposedly received for Howard, this one from Miami might make the most sense.