Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Could the Superstar Big Man Be Dealt to NY?

Jeffrey Schmidt@JeffSchmidt9Correspondent IIIMarch 14, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 21: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic argues a call during a preseason game against the Miami Heat at Amway Center on December 21, 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Dwight Howard situation is cloudier than it was months ago, and it seems that no one has a clear view on where the league's best big man will end up.  

The Orlando Magic are desperately trying to keep the superstar center, and according to reports, the team would allow him to choose the fate of GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy. 

The Magic have come out and denied the reports, but something tells me that there may be some validity to those statements because of the failures that both men have experienced during their tenures. 

Nevertheless, the Magic will have to make a decision on Howard before the March 15th deadline or the team will risk getting nothing back in return.

The New Jersey (Brooklyn) Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat have all been labeled as potential suitors for Dwight in the future, but what about a team that plays in Maidson Square Garden? 

New York Post beat writer Marc Berman writes that Carmelo Anthony told a friend that he wants to be traded, so would it be possible for New York and Orlando to swap superstar players? 

The answer to that question to me would be "yes" and the reality of it is something that more people should be talking about. 

In my proposed trade, the Magic would send Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu to the Knicks for Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and a second-round pick.  The Knicks would receive a big-time upgrade at the center position as well as having a legitimate replacement at the forward position for Carmelo Anthony. 

The Magic would receive one of the league's best scorers and clutch players as well as adding Chandler, who can hold his own defensively and on the glass. 

This deal makes sense for both parties because it would provide a breath of fresh air for two disgruntled situations while still allowing both teams to make a solid run towards the playoffs.

This would be the best trade that Magic general manger Otis Smith could possibly receive back and it is a deal that he should try to act on as quickly as possible.