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NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Teams With the Best Chance to Acquire Dwight Howard
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Orlando Magic superstar center Dwight Howard will be the most coveted free agent since, well, LeBron James last summer. 

However, Howard is a much more important player than LeBron James. In an era of NBA basketball where dominant centers are almost non-existent, Howard is a unique talent in today's league.

His ability to score over 20 points every night in addition to his tremendous rebounding makes Howard one of the best players in the league.

But it's his unbelievable defense that makes him a special player. Howard has won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award three years in a row.

No player has ever won that award three straight times, but to be fair, the award didn't exist when Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain played.

Howard is unlikely to stay in Orlando for the rest of his career, and the Magic would be wise to trade him before he can explore free agency in the summer of 2012.

The Cleveland Cavaliers example with LeBron James has taught teams it's better to trade your superstar for young talent rather than risk losing him for nothing via free agency.

The Denver Nuggets traded Carmelo Anthony this past season to the New York Knicks before he could get to free agency, and they got a nice package of talent in return for the star.

There are several teams that have lots of young talent to offer the Magic in a trade proposal for Howard, so let's look and see if your team has the pieces to acquire the best center in the NBA. 

Nicholas Goss is an NBA and Oklahoma City Thunder featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, follow him on Twitter for NBA and Thunder news and analysis.

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