NBA Trade Rumors: Oklahoma City Was Offered Dwight Howard

Garrett Jochnau@@GarrettJochnauCorrespondent IIMarch 9, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - DECEMBER 25:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic looks inside as Nazr Mohammed #8 of the Oklahoma City Thunder defends during the NBA season opening game December 25, 2011 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma City led Orlando at the half. 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 Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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According to Brian K. Schmitz, the Orlando Magic Insider for the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic spoke to the Oklahoma City Thunder about Dwight Howard.

The trade would send Serge Ibaka and James Harden to Orlando and Howard would join Durant and Westbrook in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder reportedly denied the deal, as there was no guarantee that Howard would remain with the team, and Harden and Ibaka would have been dealt for nothing.

Imagine that this were to go through. The Thunder now have the best big three in the league, maybe even in NBA history. With the league's best scorer, center and a top point guard, the Thunder would be almost guaranteed a championship ring.

If Howard were to agree to sign with the Thunder, they would be the most dominant team in the league by far. Already considered to be one of the best, if Superman were to land in OKC, even Miami would have trouble stopping them.

The deal would be perfect for both teams, as Orlando would add a developing big man to the roster, along with one of the league's most elite bench scorers.

For Howard, if he's really after a ring, there are few teams quite as enticing as the Thunder, and if it can be done, he should agree to join Durant.

If the rumor is proved to be true, it should definitely impact Howard's decision and force him to reconsider which teams belong on his wish list.