Andrew Bynum is the second-best center in the NBA, but it's not saying much.
Although it seems like a good idea for Orlando to get something out of Dwight Howard because of his seemingly imminent departure, Bynum might not be enough.
Howard is only one player but trading him for Bynum would be similar to trading two All-Stars for one. Bynum is a great talent and has a very high ceiling but his past of injuries should scare Orlando or other teams away.
Bynum is the best possible return for the Howard, but the Magic should try to get a bit more out of the Lakers in order to lower the risk.
The Magic could also look elsewhere and try to shop Howard for a prominent point guard like Stephen Curry or the third-best shooting guard in the NBA, Monta Ellis. A recent report from ESPN's Chris Broussard indicated that the Magic are "eyeing Monta Ellis" in a trade for Orlando's All-Star center Dwight Howard. This may be a less risky move, but there would be a huge hole at center for the Magic that Monta Ellis will never be able to fill.
Trading Howard for Bynum or Howard for Ellis would be a huge gamble, but not as big of a gamble as it would be if the Magic held on to Howard until the season was over. It seems like the Magic have no other choice but to unload Howard and pray their gamble pays off.
Best Possible Trade for the Magic: Andrew Bynum, Devin Ebanks and two first-round picks for Dwight Howard, Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins with a first-round pick for Dwight Howard.
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