Dwight Howard Rumors: 3 Surprising Teams That Could Make a Play for Superman

Hunter Konsens@HunterKonsensCorrespondent IIDecember 24, 2011

Dwight Howard Rumors: 3 Surprising Teams That Could Make a Play for Superman

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    With the NBA season set to begin in just a few days, all eyes are on Dwight Howard and what the Magic decide to do with the All-Star center. The Magic front office said a few days ago that they have no intentions to trade Howard at this point in time, but nobody in the NBA world believes that. The worst thing Orlando can do is pull a "Cleveland" and lose their superstar for nothing.

    In the past few weeks, Howard has been extremely vocal about his desire to be traded to either the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks or New Jersey Nets. But as more time passes, it seems less and less likely that any of the aforementioned organizations will acquire Howard before the NBA deadline.

    The Dallas Mavericks seem content with their championship roster. Plus, with the fantastic additions of Vince Carter and Lamar Odom, I doubt that Marc Cuban would want to squander away the current depth on the roster.

    The Los Angeles Lakers, on the other hand, are in complete disarray. They have absolutely no depth on their squad and don't even have the trade assets to acquire "Superman."

    The former Dwight Howard sweepstakes front-runners, the New Jersey Nets, have just lost their main trading asset, Brook Lopez, to injury and have wasted all their cap space on Mehmet Okur and Kris Humphries. Plus, the alleged tampering of Dwight Howard does not bode well for their chances either.

    Nonetheless, there are still a few teams out there that may make a surprise play for Dwight.  

Atlanta Hawks

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    A trade involving Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson to the Hawks for center Al Horford, point guard Jeff Teague and a couple of draft picks makes sense for both teams.

    For Atlanta, the Hawks receive not only the best center in the league but their point guard of the future in former All-Star Jameer Nelson. Plus, Howard was born and raised in Atlanta and is childhood friends with fellow superstar Josh Smith.

    A starting lineup of Jameer Nelson, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Josh Smith and Dwight Howard would be absolutely deadly.

    The Magic, on the other hand, receive a perennial All-Star who will make the rebuilding process much easier to bear. The addition of Jeff Teague isn't too shabby either, as he showed tons of potential in last year's playoffs. 

    This deal does hit a snag, however, as the Magic may be reluctant to trade Howard to a division rival.

Golden State Warriors

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    A few weeks ago rumors were flying that the Golden State Warriors were attempting to acquire either Chris Paul or Dwight Howard. However, the trade talks never became serious, and the rumors have died down considerably. 

    Still, this may be the perfect opportunity for the Warriors to acquire the All-NBA center. 

    The Golden State Warriors have not had an offseason to remember. They lost both the Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes to the Clippers, and they have been accused of covering up for Monta Ellis and the alleged sexual harassment he committed.

    However, the addition of Dwight Howard would automatically make this the best offseason in franchise history. Not only would it make the Warriors relevant in the West, it would also propel them above the Lakers as the second-best team in California.

    The Warriors would probably have to give up a package of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and either Dorell Wright or Ekpe Udoh. 

    Orlando would be perfectly set up for the future, and Golden State would have a powerful duo of Monta Ellis and Dwight Howard.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    After a postseason that had many wondering if Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook could ever coexist, I would not be surprised if the young point guard from UCLA is moved before the trade deadline.

    In the last few months, we have heard rumors swirling that the Thunder may swap Westbrook for a truer point guard like Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul. However, no deal has come to fruition.

    The last two playoffs, the Thunder have not reached the Finals due mostly to the size of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.

    So, why not use their extremely valuable trade asset to acquire the best center in the league. Not only would Dwight Howard be able to match up physically with all the Western Conference centers, but it would also provide an opening for young backup Eric Maynor to thrive.

    The package that the Magic would receive would probably include the likes of Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins. 

    In the aforementioned deal, the Magic would receive a top five-point guard who would make the rebuilding process much easier for Magic fans to bear.