8 Stars Orlando Magic Could Get in Exchange for Dwight Howard

Hunter Konsens@HunterKonsensCorrespondent IIJune 8, 2012

8 Stars Orlando Magic Could Get in Exchange for Dwight Howard

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    The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard saga continues as new information on the debacle has just been released, reporting the perennial All-Star wants to stay with his current franchise. This, of course, is in response to an earlier report from SheridanHoops.com saying Howard, despite the firing of both coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith, still desires a trade from the organization.

    Whether this new chapter of the chronicle is correct or not, there is no denying the unfortunate fact that the Orlando brass must make a decision regarding the future of their franchise cornerstone. This adjudication will undoubtedly determine the success of the team for the next decade. But if Orlando decides to ship there All-NBA talent, which squads will pursue the 6'11" behemoth?

    More importantly, which stars could Orlando acquire from a deal surrounding Howard?

    The subsequent slides will examine trade possibilities that have been rumored around the top center in the league.

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

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    Potential Trade:

    Orlando Magic exchange Dwight Howard for guards Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat.


    Why it works for Orlando:

    The Magic acquire a superstar who will admirably fill the void Howard would leave. Wade is arguably a top five talent in the NBA and could keep Orlando in the playoff hunt for the next few years. The Magic have expressed an interest in obtaining established veterans for the big man's services so they can stay competitive in their new arena. 

    However, Wade's advanced age and extensive injury history will pose problems down the road. These qualities, in turn, won't allow Orlando to be considered actual contenders for the title.


    Why it works for Miami:

    The Miami Heat have yet to capture an elusive championship after forming a star-filled roster. With one failed attempt already, the organization may decide to blow up the core group to allow some cap space in order to form for the future.

    Wade, whose play has been hampered with injuries for most of the season, in exchange for Howard will keep the Heat in prime position to take home the trophy in the immediate and distant future. "Superman" is younger and more dominate than the elder Wade.


    Latest News: 

    As of right now, everything is prospective, but it makes sense for both squads. Mike Tuck of ESPNFlorida.com says that is a very real possibility.

Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks

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    Potential Trade: 

    Orlando Magic trade Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu to the Atlanta Hawks for Al Horford, Marvin Williams, Jeff Teague and Zaza Pachulia.


    Why it works for Orlando:

    By sending Howard to his hometown of Atlanta, the Magic will have the opportunity to acquire talented big man Al Horford. In Orlando, Horford would even have the chance to play his preferred position, power forward. 

    Additionally, Orlando adds young building blocks in Jeff Teague and Marvin Williams while shedding the horrid contract of Hedo Turkoglu. 


    Why it works for Atlanta:

    If the Atlanta organization brings Howard in to pair with longtime friend Josh Smith, the Hawks will possess one of the the best defensive rosters in the NBA. With their new center, the franchise may even advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, a feat that has been not accomplished with their current core.

    A trio of Joe Johnson, Smith and Howard rivals any "Big Three" in the league.


    Latest News:

    According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Hawks engaged the Magic in talks surrounding the perennial All-Star. However, they never really became serious.

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets

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    Potential Trade

    The New Orleans Hornets trade Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and the first overall pick (Anthony Davis) to Orlando for Howard.


    Why it works for Orlando:

    The Magic add arguably the most hyped prospect to enter the league in the last five years. Between his incredible physical intangibles and earth-shattering swats, Anthony Davis has the potential to be an elite power forward. 

    If the franchise adds Davis, losing Dwight Howard wouldn't be nearly as painful for Magic fans. Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, both great contributors, would be added to the equation to make the trade financially sound.

    The only question will be what facial feature Orlando will be more known for: mouse ears or unibrows?


    Why it works for New Orleans:

    Eric Gordon essentially told the New Orleans Hornets that winning the lottery will not determine whether he returns to the organization, as he is currently a free-agent. 

    Obviously, the high-octane scorer wants to be placed in a winning environment and just adding Davis will not make them a contender. Adding Howard, on the other hand, will make the Hornets favorites to obtain a playoff berth.


    Latest News:

    There have been no records of talks between the Magic and Hornets about Howard, but Brooklyn may have been willing to part ways with the first overall pick if the team won the lottery.

Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks

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    Potential Trade:

    Orlando Magic ship Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu to New York for the big man duo of Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.


    Why it works for Orlando:

    The Magic add two stars for the price of one. Of course, Dwight Howard is immensely more talented than both Stoudemire and Chandler.

    Nonetheless, this New York duo would keep the Magic in contention for a playoff spot and allow Orlando to boast one of the more impressive front-lines in the NBA. However, both the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year recipient and the former Phoenix Suns star possess cumbersome contracts that will harm the franchise once their contributions begin to fade.


    Why it works for New York:

    Carmelo Anthony never really meshed well with the up-tempo New York Knicks. His play-style is more suited to a half-court offense, much like Dwight Howard. If the Knicks add their small forward's former Team USA teammate, New York would have one of the more formidable tandems in the league.


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    At one point, Orlando was quite intrigued with adding this duo. Nothing came close to fruition, however.

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

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    Potential Trade:

    Orlando Magic trade Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson and a pick to Boston for Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce.


    Why it works for Orlando:

    Rajon Rondo has developed into one of the elite facilitators in the NBA. His selflessness, uncanny leadership ability and amazing court vision are a few of the qualities that allow this 6'1" point guard to dominate opposing squads.

    If Orlando acquired the crafty guard, the Magic would be on the right path back to relevancy. Rondo would lead a rebuilding phase that will most likely see the Magic return to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference. Paul Pierce would keep the Magic in contention for the present. Additionally, he would show Orlando's young talent how to be consummate professionals.


    Why it works for Boston:

    With Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen scheduled to be free agents, it may not be a terrible idea for Boston to blow up their current core. Their elder age and extensive injury history will most likely not be doing them any favors in the future.

    By adding Howard, the Celtics alleviate their financial problems and begin a necessary rebuilding period. Acquiring the world's best center will greatly improve the team's chances to rise back to the top of the NBA.


    Latest News:

    Howard has expressed somewhat of an interest in the Boston Celtics. He has not put the franchise on his preferred destination list, though.

Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls

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    Potential Trade:

    Orlando Magic send Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu to Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng and Joakim Noah.


    Why it works for Orlando:

    Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, while not superstars, are two of the more talented players at their respective positions. Deng is an elite scorer who can put the ball in the basket in a multitude of ways. However, the small forward can also double as a lockdown defender.

    Noah, on the other hand, is a machine. The former Florida star excels at defending and rebounding, two aspects Orlando desperately needs to improve.


    Why it works for Chicago:

    A tandem of Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose would be downright frightening. For the last decade, guard-center duos have dominated the basketball world. From Kobe and Shaq to Ginobili and Duncan, many titles have been earned by the pairing of a scoring guard with an effective post presence. 


    Latest News:

    Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported back in March that talks have not gone anywhere between the two franchises.

Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Potential Trade:

    Orlando Magic give Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers for Andrew Bynum, Josh McRoberts and a pick.


    Why it works for Orlando:

    The Orlando Magic will most likely not receive a package worth Dwight Howard's value. After all, the team doesn't have the leverage. The franchise cornerstone has the ability to leave next offseason.

    So, why not swap the league's best center with the runner-up to the title?

    Bynum is a behemoth under the basket. With his incredible physical attributes, refined post-game and solid one-on-one defensive abilities, adding Bynum would make it a little easier for Orlando to forget about their current center.


    Why it works for Los Angeles:

    The Lakers need to bring in an infusion of athleticism to this squad. Howard, in turn, will alleviate one of the team's biggest weaknesses. 

    The trio of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Howard would absolutely strike fear in the eyes of opponents.


    Latest News:

    Despite Howard's lack of interest with the Lakers, Orlando, back in March, still wanted Los Angeles to engage them in trade talks.

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

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    Potential Trade:

    Orlando Magic send Dwight Howard and a pick for David Lee, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of Golden State.


    Why it works for Orlando:

    The Orlando Magic are set up perfectly to being a rebuilding phase. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry will solidify the backcourt for years to come. David Lee, on the other hand, is one of the hardest working players in the entire league and will help establish a blue-collar attitude.


    Why it works for Golden State:

    The franchise may not be able to retain its current center for long, as Howard is not interested in a losing atmosphere, but it will add some buzz to a franchise that sorely lacks it.


    Latest News:

    Back in February, the Warriors were reported to still be pursuing Howard, despite his disinterest with the franchise.