Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reports that the Orlando Magic have offered to trade Oklahoma City Dwight Howard in return for Serge Ibaka and James Harden. However, the Thunder reportedly backed out of any further advancing on such a trade. Why wouldn't OKC agree?!!
Now before you get all upset with me for wanting to break up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, this deal should've been a no brainer. Granted the trade would be a rental for the about 30 remaining games, but do you really believe that Dwight Howard would walk away from a team with a talented point guard and an elite closer?
Howard's issue with the Magic is that he has no point guard to feed him the ball, and there is nobody to help him carry the load of the city. Russell Westbrook is not an excellent passer, but he is an upgrade from Jameer Nelson. And who else could carry a city on their back like Kevin Durant?
Dwight's numbers are 20.9 PPG, 15.0 RPG and 2.2 BPG. I know Serge Ibaka is having a respectable season thus far, averaging 8.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 3.2 BPG, but wouldn't you make the trade to obtain, what in my mind would be, a guaranteed title in 2012?
Now the problem is getting rid of your sixth man, James Harden. He is averaging 16.8 PPG, 3.6 APG and 4.2 RPG. That is solid play coming from a bench player. However, I would give it up to obtain an elite player in Dwight Howard.
Having a core three of Westbrook, Durant and Howard is like pairing Batman, Spiderman and Superman (Spiderman equals the "Durantula," while Dwight's alias is Superman). On any given night the trio could account for 80 of the Thunder's points.
No team in the West can compete with the Thunder as is, just imagine if they landed Dwight Howard. Looking past their conference, OKC would be the recipe for destruction of the Miami Heat. Oklahoma City's three-headed monster would surely surmount Miami's. Using LeBron's own words, the Thunder could win "not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven" but many championships.
I truly believe that if Dwight would take his talents over to the Western Conference, he would win a title this year. In doing so, I really doubt he would leave the Thunder, especially with their roster. In my opinion, the Thunder should crawl back to Orlando with their tail between their legs and salvage what could've been.