NBA Trade Talk: 5 Deals to Bring Dwight Howard to New York Knicks
It's known the Knicks need a big man down low badly. Howard just so happens to be a big man who happens to be pretty good.
He's athletic, plays defense, rebounds and can wow the crowd with his spectacular dunks. Sounds like he's made for New York and Mike D'Antoni's Knicks (well, except for the plays defense part).
So let's take a look at a few ways to bring him to the Big Apple.
Chauncey Billups, Landry Fields, Andy Rautins
Chauncey Billups, Landry Fields and Andy Rautins would go to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard.
Obviously, this deal would need to be sweetened by whatever draft picks the New York Knicks have left.
This trade would send Orlando into rebuilding mode, since the trade would essentially bring them cap relief in Billups' expiring contract.
They would also get two young, cheap players in Landry Fields and Andy Rautins.
Landry Fields showed his worth last season by being one of the surprises in the 2010 draft. Andy Rautins hasn't done much, but I see him as the next J.J. Redick.
The Magic would have to make other moves to make their team more balanced and to move some contracts, likely Jameer Nelson, Hedo Turkoglu and Redick.
The trade would improve the Knicks while bringing some financial relief for the Magic, but I'm not sure they're ready to go into rebuilding mode just yet.
Chauncey Billups and a Bunch of Other Guys
This trade builds off the last one by throwing Ronny Turiaf and Renaldo Balkman in with Chauncey Billups, Landry Fields and Andy Rautins. Draft picks would still be needed, though, to make the deal go through.
In return, the New York Knicks get Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson. Here, the Orlando Magic would be saving money once again, but this time, getting rid of Nelson's contract as well as Howard's.
The Magic can play Billups and Gilbert Arenas together, with Billups being the point guard. They get some solid bench players to fill in some of the gaps.
The Magic would have a more flexible team, and with another trade or two, could still be a contender in the relatively weak Eastern Conference.
The Knicks would get Howard and his set of amazing skills. They'd also get a solid point guard to replace Billups.
Sure, they wouldn't have a bench, but I think Nelson, Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire can handle the minutes (well, Amar'e's knees might).
Chauncey Billups and Even More Guys
Chauncey Billups is involved with a bunch of these scenarios because he's the only guy with a contract over $5 million who isn't named Carmelo or Amar'e.
He's also an expiring contract, so the Magic would be interested in obtaining him for some cap relief.
This trade is like the last one, except the New York Knicks throw in Bill Walker and the Orlando Magic keep Jameer Nelson, but send J.J. Redick and Chris Duhon.
This one's the most plausible so far. The Magic save even more money here by trading away Redick and Duhon. They also add to their bench by getting Bill "Sky" Walker.
Of course, the Magic would likely make more moves so they wouldn't be so guard-heavy.
In addition to Dwight Howard, the Knicks also get three-point specialist Redick and Duhon, who's used to playing in Mike D'Antoni's system.
This will be the first one not involving Chauncey "Mr. Bigshot" Billups.
Instead, this will be a straight-up swap, Amar'e Stoudemire for Dwight Howard.
Teams don't do this anymore, just swapping two stars. It's risky, and teams want more out of a trade.
This star swap would make sense in a way.
The Orlando Magic would get a hometown star from Amar'e since he went to high school in Orlando. He's more of an offensive player than Howard is and would electrify the crowds with his dunks and flashy play.
The New York Knicks would finally get a legitimate defensive player (Jared Jeffries and Renaldo Balkman don't count, Jeffries barely counts as a basketball player). Howard would still fit into Mike D'Antoni's system despite knowing how to play defense.
Also, Howard wouldn't have to carry the scoring load by himself since he'd still have Carmelo Anthony to help him out.
Of course, with this being a star-for-star swap, it probably won't happen unless more players were involved.
Amar'e Stoudemire for Dwight Howard Blockbuster
The New York Knicks trade away Amar'e Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups, Landry Fields, Ronny Turiaf, Andy Rautins, Toney Douglas and whatever draft picks they have left.
The Orlando Magic send Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas, Quentin Richardson and Chris Duhon.
The Magic get rid of Arenas' borderline illegal contract. They get cap relief in Billups' expiring contract and his veteran services for a year.
Amar'e has a chance to become a hometown hero even though his dream of winning in New York and playing with Carmelo Anthony was short lived.
The Magic also get a couple of young, cheap guys for the bench and who can help them rebuild if they don't win it all in the next few years.
The Knicks get Howard, obviously. The big question is Arenas and how he'll fit in New York. He has the potential to do well in Mike D'Antoni's system. Maybe playing in New York will revitalize Arenas and he'll live up to his contract.
While this isn't as plausible as the third Chauncey Billups one because New York would have to part with Amar'e, it makes some sense on paper and would be a huge gamble for both teams.
It would also own the headlines and blow up the sports world.