Knicks Rumors: Will Dwight Howard End Up in New York?

Andrew BurtonCorrespondent IIIFebruary 26, 2012

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The NBA trade deadline is just 18 days away—will Dwight Howard be relocated?

It had been made known that Dwight is willing to sign an extension to play for the New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers. But does that mean other teams haven't made the call to Orlando GM Otis Smith, just out of curiosity? 

According to Peter Vecsey of the New York Post, an Eastern Conference general manager said, "I'm positive the Knicks have called just in case Dwight changes up. I'm sure they've offered a combination of everybody, excluding Jeremy Lin, of course."

We've seen how far James Dolan would go to attain a superstar, and with the lackluster performances as of late from Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, one would have to believe trade scenarios have been thrown Orlando's way.

Would the New York faithful agree with moving Anthony or Stoudemire to acquire Dwight Howard?

As a big fan of Anthony's, I would say I would not part ways with No. 7, especially recollecting on the pieces we sacrificed to bring him to the Garden.

But then again, I am not sure if I would want to move Amar'e either. STAT put the Knicks back on the map singlehandedly, and he did it without a guarantee from anybody else saying they would join him in the mecca of basketball.

Would a package of Anthony or Stoudemire, combined with Tyson Chandler and draft picks be enough to pry Dwight from Disney World?

Personally, I don't think so. Dwight is interested in playing with No. 8, but that's currently J.R. Smith on the Knicks—not Deron Williams, whom Dwight has been linked to having high interest in balling with.  

Dwight's numbers have been superb, even with the trade speculations.  

This season, he's averaging 20.1 PPG, along with 15.3 RPG. That's not all; Superman has also managed to put up 2.2 BPG. His play has not diminished with trade talks. Imagine having this guy in a Knick uniform.

Would I love to have D12 wearing the blue and orange—without a doubt, but at what cost? If I were the GM, I think I'd part ways with Amar'e before Carmelo. Amar'e's knees are not likely to hold up that much longer.

Having a pass-first point guard (I'm not sold on Lin just yet) to dish to Dwight would be great. Having the same pass-first point guard drive and dish to Melo for an open look is even better.

I guess what I am saying is that Dwight and Melo are more likely to co-exist because they are two totally different players. Dwight does not need the ball in his hands to have a dramatic effect on the game.

Melo is an offensive player, while Dwight excels on defense. Let's remember that great defense makes excellent offense. So an excellent defender would be great for an excellent scorer. Unfortunately, I don't see Dwight in a Knickerbocker jersey anytime soon.   

The Knicks are not a bad team right now—they sit one game below .500. With a little bit of work, they could advance to the second round of the playoffs. With some DW-40, they could oil the kinks in the chain and have a three-headed monster of Lin, Melo and STAT.

New York is not very likely to deviate from the blueprint—a blueprint that called for pairing Anthony and Stoudemire with a point guard capable of passing.

For the rest of this season, in Lin we trust!