With Dwight Howard on the block, the Magic are looking for a young capable player that could become its next franchise cornerstone.
While the Clippers have repeated that Blake Griffin is untouchable, could the allure of the All-NBA center catch their eye?
An incredible amount of refining would have to take place in order for their salaries to match, but with Griffin and Howard switching places both teams might finish with better seasons next year.
Lob City is in a win now situation with Chris Paul on the final year of his current contract. Howard instantly puts the Clippers among the NBA's elite and would presumably be enough to get both players to sign long-term deals with the Clips.
For all of the coach killer rhetoric surrounding him, there is no denying Howard's dominance on the floor.
Before succumbing to a back injury, Howard was putting up an impressive 20.6 PPG and 14.5 boards, while posting an efficiency rating of plus-26.35.
What Howard concedes in range to Griffin he makes up with relentless rebounding and tenacious defense.
Further, Howard's acquisition would make DeAndre Jordan expendable.
After signing a huge contract last offseason, Jordan underachieved significantly to the point that he was benched in the fourth quarter of many Clipper playoff games in favor of Kenyon Martin.
Still, many NBA executives believe that Jordan is just starting to realize his potential and would relish the opportunity to bring him in.
Currently, Jordan is not eligible to be traded, but when he is in early December could the Clippers swing him for a consistent shooting guard in the same echelon as Monta Ellis?
A team featuring Paul, Howard, Ellis and Butler would surely have the rest of the Western Conference on its heels.
This trade also makes sense for Orlando as it gives them a total identity change. Last season was marred by the poor union between Howard and coach Stan Van Gundy, as numerous PR fiascoes led many to believe that this was the most dysfunctional coach-superstar relationship in all of sports.
The Magic are open to dealing Howard and the Clippers could be the right suitor.
Griffin just finished his sophomore year, and the Magic would be eager for the opportunity to acquire the precocious PF, even at the expense of their franchise player.
Who else the Clippers would have to throw in is another story and matching salaries would be a nightmare for both teams.
While the likelihood of this deal ever materializing are slim, a Howard for Griffin deal could significantly bolster each team.