Whenever someone mentions Dwight Howard’s name, trade is a word that’s not too far behind.
The possibility of him being traded has been a hot topic in the NBA going on a year now and will only pick up steam as we near the trade deadline March 15.
Well I’m going to ease all of that tension for you, Howard is not going anywhere via a trade.
Why? It will be next to impossible to receive equal value if you’re the Magic.
No matter who Howard is traded to, someone will come up on the short-end of the stick. It could be the Magic or it could the team that he is traded to—either way, someone will lose.
If you’re the Magic, you want to trade Howard simply because you don’t want him to walk out of Orlando without getting anything in return.
That reasoning could turn out to be very dangerous for the Magic. The Magic will possibly entertain some offers, but will look to receive close to equal value for Howard in return, whether its a bunch of players or draft picks.
The Magic could pull off a Hershel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings kind of trade where the Dallas Cowboys traded their one superstar for a couple of players and draft picks that fueled its future dynasty.
But that’s one trade out of numerous trades across sports where a superstar is traded, making this scenario highly unlikely.
What’s more likely to happen is the Magic receive a bunch of players that can not measure up to one Howard and soil in futility for a little while.
But what about Howard’s potential landing spots? How can they lose?
Teams that are interested in Howard are teams that feel they are one piece away from possibly winning an NBA championship.
Although their anywhere near close to winning a title, the New Jersey (or soon to be Brooklyn) Nets may be in the running as well.
With the exception of the Nets, those teams I just listed are in playoff contention and possibly even NBA title contention. They’re in pretty good shape, or at least better shape than teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Charlotte Bobcats or the Nets.
The risk those teams run by trading for Howard is giving up too much in return.
Take the Sixers for example. They have a young, upstart team that has bought in to the team-first mentality that has been preached to them by head coach Doug Collins. They have a very talented young core of players with Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala.
They are a team devoid of a superstar like Howard, which could prevent them from winning a title, but are very good nonetheless and are pretty fun to watch.
If the Sixers were to trade for Howard, they will more than likely have to give up some intricate pieces that have helped get them to first place in the Atlantic Division, and may wind up being where the Magic are today—an average team with one superstar.
The best option for teams interested in Howard is to hope that he is not traded. If the Magic don’t have any suitors in a deal, then they can’t trade him away.
Team’s like the Sixers, Lakers and Bulls want Howard to simply walk away from the Magic and walk right through the door in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago or anywhere else he may play in 2012-13.
Those teams will not have to give up anything right on the spot and will have one of the best players in the NBA today to go right along with their already talented teams.