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NBA Trade Talk: Miami Heat Should Trade LeBron James for Dwight Howard
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When the buzzer sounded to end Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals, LeBron James walked immediately to the bench and into the locker room silently, with his head down in disappointment.

He had failed.

LeBron James signed with the Miami Heat for one ultimate reason: To win an NBA championship. After coming so close to reaching victory and silencing the critics, James and the Heat came up short.

James played short of expectations in the NBA Finals—and that's an understatement. He averaged a mere 17.8 PPG, while getting to the line only three times per game.

He was clearly bewildered on the court. He didn't know when to pass, when to shoot or when to take over the game. He deferred to Wade and his other teammates when he should've been aggressive—and he was too aggressive when he should've deferred.

Ultimately, the reason for the Heat's loss in the finals can be narrowed down to one simple fact: The pieces didn't mesh together.

The glaring weakness for the Miami Heat was their lack of size. Another strong weakness was their half-court offense. Once those weaknesses are cleared up, the Heat will have more potential to become a team, rather than a clutter of talent. The pieces will mesh.

In order to change those weaknesses into strengths, the Heat must acquire one very tall, very strong man: Dwight Howard. However, acquiring Dwight Howard can only become a reality at the expense of one of the Heat's superstars: LeBron James.

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This trade has the potential to benefit all parties involved.

The Miami Heat will become a team with the addition of Dwight Howard and the detraction of LeBron James. The front line players, Howard and Bosh, will compliment each other perfectly—Howard will dominate inside, while Bosh will hit jumpers from the outside.

In addition, Dwyane Wade will not have to worry about deferring to LeBron to satisfy him. The Heat will be able to run a more efficient offense in which they can create plays that will maximize the potential of all of their players, instead of having an offense in which only one superstar can dominate, while the other sits back and watches.

Dwight Howard will also bring the center that the Heat need. He will not only be a big offensive threat, but he will also continue to protect the rim and play great defense against other teams' big men.

The Orlando Magic do not want to let Howard walk away without getting anything in return. If my proposed trade actually happens, the Magic will receive arguably the best player in the world in LeBron James.

LeBron James, surprisingly, can also benefit from this trade. Although trading James will be somewhat cold-blooded on the Heat's part, it also implies that karma has taken its toll.

With the Magic, James will need to prove that he is, indeed, the king and that he is capable of carrying a team on his shoulders. If he does this, the LeBron hate will come to an end. James will be able to rebuild his image in a positive way and the quitnesses will become witnesses once again. 

A Dwight Howard-LeBron James swap will probably not happen. However, in many ways, this trade benefits both teams and ultimately makes a lot of sense, basketball-wise.

Only time will tell if the Heat will have the will power, and even the courage, to trade LeBron James in order to create the dynasty that the franchise desires to create. And only time will tell if the Magic will have the strength to move on without the face of their franchise, Dwight Howard.

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