Dwight Howard’s name has been thrown around in trade talk more than any other player the last two seasons. He ended trade speculation last year by agreeing to come back to the Orlando Magic for the rest of the 2011-12 season as well as the 2012-13 season.
Then things once again changed. Howard feuded with then head coach Stan Van Gundy, which produced one of the most awkward interviews in NBA history, and Van Gundy was fired following the season. Now once again Howard has found himself in the trade rumor mill.
Here are a few of the rumors that are swirling around the NBA about possible destinations for Howard, and whether they will end up happening or not.
Howard to the Brooklyn Nets:
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Dwight Howard wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Nets owner Jay-Z and Company will have a big decision to make this offseason.
This would be a great move for the Brooklyn Nets. They would receive one of the best big men in the game, and it would help them have a chance at re-signing All-Star point guard Deron Williams.
The Nets should do everything in their power to pull off this trade. They are moving to a new city with a new arena and will have to generate fan buzz in order to fill it up. The Nets have the talent on their roster in order to make this trade happen. With a player like Brook Lopez, the Magic would be getting a player they could use to rebuild their organization.
Fact or Fiction: Fact. This trade has been the most talked about in the media for a reason—it can work for both teams. It would make the Nets much more talented and could help the Magic begin to move past the Dwight Howard era.
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Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers:
The second most popular landing spot for Howard involves one of the most popular teams in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers. With the Lakers' window to win a championship slowly shutting, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak must find a new piece to work with Kobe Bryant in order to get the Lakers back to the Finals.
However, Dwight Howard would be the wrong player to add to the Lakers roster. They already have one of the most talented centers in the game in Andrew Bynum, and he is two years younger than Howard. Bynum might give Lakers head coach Mike Brown more headaches than any player that he has coached in the NBA, but Howard is just as big of a problem.
Fact or Fiction: Fiction. The Lakers will make a trade this offseason, but it won’t involve Bynum or Howard.
Dallas Mavericks could make play for Howard:
It is no secret that Howard would like to team up with Deron Williams. Williams, who will be a free agent this summer, will have plenty of offers to choose from. One of the more enticing teams that will be in the mix for both Howard and Williams is the Dallas Mavericks.
The 2011 World Champions had a disappointing effort to repeat and will most likely make big roster moves in order to put themselves in contention to get back to the NBA Finals. If the Mavericks want Howard, they first have to land Williams via free agency.
Howard will sit back and wait to see where Williams ends up before really putting the pressure on the Magic organization. If Deron William does go to Dallas, they will immediately jump to the top of Howard’s wish list. The idea of combining Howard and Williams with Dirk Nowitzki is one that the Mavericks should not pass up.
Fact or Fiction: Fact. Like I said before the team that signs Williams will become the favorite for Howard. Dallas has the ability with a couple of roster adjustments to make cap space for two big contracts. With the chance to have their own Big Three, the Mavericks should do everything they can to combine a top point guard and center in the league with the reigning NBA Finals MVP.