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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers Are in the Hunt

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic looks on against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2012 in New York City. 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 Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Michael FoglianoAnalyst IJuly 1, 2012

Philadelphia 76ers fans, brace yourself. Under all of this Dwight Howard mess and the flying rumors, the Sixers just might find themselves finishing on top. 

It was just recently reported by David Pingalore of Orlando TV News via Twitter

Heard from #nba insiders #magic dealing with #lakers #sixers #warriors #rockets on potential trades for @DwightHoward

— david pingalore (@pinglocal6) July 1, 2012

Honestly, I cannot say I actually thought this moment would come. The Sixers seem to be making a move for Dwight. This makes a lot of sense for Philly if they are in the "win-now" mode.

Reports have not specified what was specifically offered, but it's safe to assume that it would involve a package looking something along the lines of this: Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless and Arnett Moultrie.

It may be a hit toward their young talent, but it's what would be demanded, and the Sixers need to focus on topping the other offers.

Elton Brand could also be a potential asset in the trade in exchange for a bigger contract like that of Hedo Turkoglu or Jason Richardson.

If the Sixers pursue Howard they are going to try their best to keep Andre Iguodala in place. Since Howard wanted to play with him in the past, it would give the best chance for him to re-sign with them.

 

Although they would be trading away a good portion of the team, this is Dwight Howard we're talking about here.

The point guard hole could be filled via free agency with guys like Kirk Hinrich, Goran Dragic, Jeremy Lin, Jose Calderon or Kyle Lowry.

A realistic outlook of the starting lineup (assuming Richardson or Hedo are thrown and Brand) would be: one of the free agent point guards, Richardson/Hedo, Iguodala, Lavoy Allen and Dwight with Thaddeus Young playing the sixth man.

This may not be the flashiest lineup, but it is effective and has potential.

As for the other teams in the report, the Warriors do not seem like a legit contender because they do not have much to offer. The Lakers and Rockets on the other hand could come up with convincing packages.

Because of this, the Sixers need and have the potential to top any package proposed by these other teams.

From the looks of it, the Sixers have a chance at a legit run for Howard. 

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