We all know Dwight Howard is not a happy camper after his early exit from the post-season.
D. Howard is without question the best center in the NBA today. And no one else comes close. He has basically been a 20+ point/10+ rebound guy for his last four years during the regular season, and even better in Orlando's post-season runs ( http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/howardw01.html).
He's also very durable, only missing seven games in his entire seven-year NBA career. All that while playing the most physical position in the NBA game.
He's a five-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA defensive player of the year. But he's also on a team that is currently going backward. The Magic have been 50-game winners with Dwight, and they did play in the Finals in '08-'09 before losing to the Lakers.
However the following year they "only" went to the Conference Finals, and this year flamed out in the first round.
A NBA player would be very fortunate to play for 14-15 years with 11-12 of those years being considered "prime." So it really shouldn't come as a big surprise that in this day and age of "instant gratification" that after playing in one location for half of their career, an NBA player would consider making a change.
Obviously Orlando would not want to move Dwight.
Otis Smith, the current GM, says he'll never do that. But that doesn't matter, I fully expect Mr. Smith to be fired. He just hasn't accomplished what he was hired to do; get better personnel to surround Dwight.
Howard will be a free agent in July 2012. With a new GM and an unknown new CBA going into effect sooner or later, I don't expect the Magic to initiate trade talks pertaining to Dwight. But on the other hand, how can they start to rebuild or at the very least retool if they have no clue about Dwight's future?
So if the Magic decide they must trade Dwight, or lose him to free agency and not get anything in return, would you make the following trade?
Dwight Howard and Gilbert Arenas to the Lakers for Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, Steve Blake, and Luke Walton. By the way, this trade works money wise ( http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine). As a matter of fact the Magic actually shed about $3 million.
I'm sure any trade involving Howard would include low producing Arenas and his high priced, long term contract. In return the Magic get the second best center in the league and the NBA's sixth man of the year in Odom. Blake is better than Arenas at this stage of their careers, and far less expensive. Even Walton would be a good back-up to Turkoglu.
I know the Magic could do a lot worst, I don't know if they can do better.