NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Teams That Should Give Up the Farm for Dwight Howard
Three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Four-time All-NBA First Team. Five-Time NBA All-Star.
Would you wish for your team to gut their roster in hopes of landing a physical specimen that boasts that sort of resume?
If your answer is yes, then you've come to the right place.
In case you haven't heard, Dwight Howard may be available via trade, but only for the right price. With his impending 2012 free agency looming, the Orlando Magic are feeling pressured to trade him now rather than risk losing him for nothing (see: Cleveland Cavaliers and Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Toronto Raptors).
Obviously, all 30 NBA teams would be elated to have a talent such as Dwight Howard patrolling the low post for them night in and night out.
However, there's a difference between wanting and needing—between desperate and intrigued.
Here are five teams that would be wise to do whatever it takes to land Dwight Howard.
New Jersey Nets
In the summer of 2010, Mikhail Prokhorov stormed into the United States and wasted no time in boasting that the New Jersey Nets would soon be the team to beat in the Metro-New York area.
Fittingly, the Russian billionaire-turned Nets owner proceeded to strike out on the 2010 free agent sweepstakes, while the New York Knicks found themselves a gift-wrapped franchise player.
Prokhorov entered his first season as Nets owner empty handed, but did orchestrate a blockbuster trade for point guard Deron Wiliams in February.
That move at least saved him face, and earned him props around the Association as a man who isn't afraid to pull the trigger on a big time name.
Prokhorov now has the opportunity to put his team over the hump, and create a force to be reckoned with throughout the NBA for years to come.
With the exception of Williams, Prokhorov would be wise to make everyone on the Nets' roster available via trade.
With the Nets set to move to Brooklyn (Aka the Heart of Knicks Nation) for the 2012-2013 season, you can bet Prokhorov will do whatever it takes to land Dwight and form a ferocious tandem of his own to rival that of the Knicks.
New York Knicks
The sheer though of adding Dwight Howard to a core of Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Chauncey Billups is enough to strike fear into the heart of every team in the NBA.
The reason that the Knicks would be wise to give up the farm for Dwight Howard is quite simple: Adding Howard to their core means winning multiple championships.
Absolutely no center in the Eastern Conference, or in all of basketball for that matter, can guard Dwight Howard man-to-man.
Couple that with the presence of Anthony and Stoudemire, and no team will be able to afford doubling Howard in the low post.
The result will be so dynamic that the Knicks wouldn't need more than a few unheralded role players filling out the rest of their roster.
Not to mention, Howard alone brings more defensive prowess to the Knicks than they possess with their current roster combined.
Golden State Warriors
Make no mistake about it: the Golden State Warriors are a team on the rise.
With their current core in place, they should become a consistent contender in the Western Conference for years to come.
But they won't win a title.
Apparently, the Warriors' brass has come to this realization, too.
It was reported last week by Draft Express' Jonathan Givony that Golden State offered Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins, and Ekpe Udoh to Orlando for Dwight Howard.
Clearly that won't be enough to acquire Howard, but it was serious enough for the Warriors to kick in the door and officially enter the "Superman" sweepstakes.
You can bet that Howard, whose been rumored to prefer the west coast in any trade, would love to play for a players' coach such as Mark Jackson.
Not to mention, Howard alongside David Lee, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkins would enable the Warriors to have serious championship aspirations in just a few years' time.
Even after a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, the allure of pairing Dwight Howard with league MVP Derrick Rose may be too strong for Bulls management to ignore.
For starters, the Bulls need for defensive help in the low post was obvious throughout the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, as Carlos Boozer struggled mightily to defend the previously slumping Chris Bosh.
Some can make the argument that it was just one series, but if the Bulls wish to make a Finals appearance during the prime of Derrick Rose's career, they're going to need to find a way to get through the Miami Heat.
Don't forget the New York Knicks, who will be greatly improved given a full season of Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, and Amar'e Stoudemire playing together.
With that in mind, it's imperative for the Bulls to make a play for Dwight Howard, regardless of who they need to give up.
Los Angeles Lakers
Yes, the Los Angeles Lakers are in desperate need of a point guard.
However, if the Lakers were to pair Dwight Howard with Kobe Bryant, they could have a seventh grade AAU one-guard running their offense—and they'd still win.
We're talking about the best player in the NBA (Yes, I still believe Kobe holds that title) coupled with the most dominant big man we've seen since Shquille O'Neal circa 1998.
With the Lakers in a period of turmoil and transition, now is the time for them to reclaim their throne atop the NBA's best, and assure themselves that Kobe Bryant won't waste the twilight years of his career struggling in mediocrity.
The acquisition of Howard may also be just what Lakers power forward Pau Gasol needs to revive his career.
With any trade for Howard likely to be based around Lakers center Andrew Bynum, Dwight would come into the Los Angeles lineup and take much needed pressure off of Gasol.
Pau wouldn't have to produce as the go-to big man, which could pay dividends for the Spaniard.
So too would it enhance the Lakers chances of keeping their championship hopes alive.
We've already seen what Kobe Bryant can do with one All-NBA big man, why not give up the farm for another?