NBA Trade Speculation: What Will It Take to Get Magic to Unload Dwight Howard?

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NBA Trade Speculation: What Will It Take to Get Magic to Unload Dwight Howard?
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After nearly five months, the NFL ended its lockout Monday. That may seem like a long time, but the only team activities missed were offseason training camps. The NBA may not be as fortunate with the lockout they are in.

Some players have already signed with foreign teams in anticipation of an extensive work stoppage. When the lockout is over, the Orlando Magic will have an interesting situation involving their star player Dwight Howard.

Howard is the best center in the league. This past season he won the Defensive Player of the Year for the third year in a row, and he can anchor a team on both sides of the ball. He has been loyal to the Magic from Day 1, but he is due to be a free agent in 2012 and wants to compete for championships.

The Magic will do everything in their power to keep Howard, but everyone saw the Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony sagas last year. Instead of letting a disgruntled superstar become a free agent, trade him and get something in return.

Though they don't want Howard to leave, here is what I think it would take for the Magic to pull the trigger on a Howard trade.

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