NBA Trade Rumors: 3 Destinations for Dwight Howard as the Trade Deadline Looms

Roberto PayneContributor IFebruary 28, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic attempts a shot over Pau Gasol #16 and Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game at Amway Arena on February 13, 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 Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard trade rumors have been in full force all season, but the trade deadline is rapidly approaching on March 15 and rumors will only grow in number before then.

The latest rumor has Howard going to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-team deal including Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. Of course, the reported deal was shot down by Orlando brass, but the damage was done nonetheless. It's just adding more to the fire that is Dwight Howard trade possibilities.

Rumors aside, Howard does not seem happy in Orlando and some team will make a move for the premier post player in the NBA.

Here are my top three most likely trade destinations for Dwight Howard.


3. Chicago Bulls

Many people don't list Chicago as a strong possible destination for Howard, but it could easily happen if the Bulls wanted it to. Team leader Derrick Rose seems to think it could work, and the Bulls easily have the players to make the trade happen.

Here's a possible trade:

Chicago trades: Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Omer Asik, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls' 2012 first-round draft pick

Orlando trades: Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Daniel Orton



 2. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers were assumed to be the favorite for Howard before the season, but rumors of Kobe Bryant scaring him off have brought doubt, and the common thought is Howard will not re-sign with the Lakers if he is traded to Los Angeles.

Even that has not stopped the Howard to Los Angeles trade rumors and as I said earlier, the latest rumor has Howard going to the Lakers in a three-team trade with the Toronto Raptors.

Here's a possible trade:

Los Angeles trades: Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Devin Ebanks, Darius Morris and the Lakers' 2012 first-round draft pick

Orlando trades: Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Daniel Orton


1. New Jersey Nets

The Nets have long been perceived as Howard's preferred trade destination, as he could play with fellow superstar Deron Williams in a big market.

Howard and Williams would instantly form a deadly one-two punch and the Nets would once again be a top free-agent destination.

Here's a possible trade:

New Jersey trades: Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Mehmet Okur, Anthony Morrow, New Jersey's 2012 first-round draft pick and New Jersey's 2012 second-round draft pick by way of the Miami Heat

Orlando trades: Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Daniel Orton