The One Trade the Golden State Warriors Must Consider Making This Offseason

Andy LiuCorrespondent IJune 2, 2013

The Warriors could use a Dwight Howard.
The Warriors could use a Dwight Howard.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

"Consider" does not mean "We must do this trade." More often than not, when a rumor or a suggestion is tossed out, fans immediately comment why or how it's a terrible or great deal.

For the Golden State Warriors specifically, fans have been doing this for years; dreaming of Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and other superstars coming to the Bay. 

So when I suggest the trade that the Warriors must consider this offseason, it doesn't necessarily mean they have to do it. However, due diligence is also a valued component of a front office and Bob Myers and the rest of management would be doing themselves a disservice if they didn't look into the addition of one mercurial center, Dwight Howard. 

Keep in mind that Dwight will also most likely re-sign because of the extra year and money he can take from the Lakers. 

Even though there are problems with the trade, here are some suggestions why the Warriors should consider the deal. 

This, of course, assumes that the Los Angeles Lakers would allow a sign-and-trade deal because the Dubs don't own the money to just sign Dwight out of free agency. For that reason, we would have to assume the Lakers would take one of David Lee or Andrew Bogut to go with one of Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson.

The Warriors would be lucky to rid themselves of Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson. 


Still a Superstar

For all the grief that Dwight takes, he still had an excellent year in comparison to the other centers in the league. The Lakers were the 12th-worst defensive team in the league and that's somehow a good thing. 

With players like Steve Nash, Antawn Jamison, Kobe Bryant and an out-of-position Pau Gasol commanding so many minutes, it's a miracle they didn't finish dead last. 

Howard was among the league leaders in defensive rebounds and defensive rebounders per 48 and the leader in field-goal percentage, according to ESPN. 

According to nbawowy, when Dwight is on the floor, the team allows 1.057 per possession. With him off the floor, the team allows 1.115 points per possession. 

On many occasions, Dwight was the player missing rotations because he had to go out to help when his guards would let the other player repeatedly drive to the basket undeterred. This not only put a strain on the defense but himself as well, as he wasn't very mobile this season. 

Even though he battled a back and shoulder injury the entire season, he's still an above-average center and could easily return to his dominant defensive self now that he's had a year to recover. 

Remember, Dwight is only 27 years old, an age when players are entering their prime. 


Financial Assurance

According to Hoopsworld, the Warriors have Lee on the payroll for three more seasons and Bogut for just one. If they were able to trade one and re-sign Dwight to a long-term deal, the Warriors' future would considerably be set. 

With Stephen Curry already extended, they'd just have to sign either Thompson or Barnes (whichever isn't traded) and have a core of Curry and Dwight for the foreseeable future. 

They of course have the luxury to let their team play out right now, but what happens if Bogut stays healthy and they have to extend him along with Thompson in the coming years? Festus Ezeli isn't exactly a starting center and we still aren't sure if the Warriors will pay the luxury tax. 

Trading for Howard locks in a very bright future. 


Team Chemistry

The reason why the Warriors won't do this deal or even consider it is the attention that comes with Dwight's arrival. While he isn't Tim Tebow, his prima donna qualities are still worthy of avoiding. 

With a team that's insistent on a close-knit process, one like the San Antonio Spurs, it's hard to believe that they'll break it up to add a headache like Howard. 

With that being said, wins cure a lot of headaches and Dwight's antics weren't necessarily debilitating as it came because of his contract issues and a terrible coaching environment in Los Angeles. Mark Jackson should be able to handle his ego and the Golden State media coverage would be considerably different than the one in Los Angeles. 

The risk is there, but with Oklahoma City and San Antonio less invincible than a year ago, Memphis on the downturn and Los Angeles Clippers perhaps losing Chris Paul, the Warriors can strike now.