In all likelihood Dwight Howard will have a different address in the coming months, or who knows maybe weeks. Chris Paul could be in the same boat, so to speak, but that’s another story. Point is, Dwight Howard is going to be traded. Here is a rundown of some deals that would make sense.
- Dwight Howard to the New Jersey Nets for Brook Lopez and picks. Everybody, Nets fan or no, would love to see Deron Williams throwing alley oops to Howard, plus those two alone probably sneak the Nets into the playoffs. I’d take them over Indiana to get into the playoffs. I’d take them over Philly with Andre Iguadala’s future in the air. That plus the fact they might use the amnesty clause on Elton Brand leaves the cupboard pretty bare frontcourt-wise for the 76ers. Back to the Nets, if they do make the playoffs as the 7 or 8 seed and say get matched up with the Heat in the first round… Let’s just say I’d be nervous if I was Pat Riley.
- Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers for some combination of Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and picks. The Lakers are going to try to get both Howard and Paul. Howard is the more likely with the situation that is the Hornets being owned by the league. I’m not sure that one of the three Lakers listed gets the deal done. Maybe the first two get it done and the Lakers roll out Derek Fisher, Kobe, Metta World Peace, Odom and Howard as their starting five. Maybe it gets another title to tinsel town before the Lake Show loses Kobe to retirement. Maybe not.
- Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Clippers for Chris Kaman, Picks and Al Farouq-Aminu. OK maybe not Farouq Aminu, but think about this, the Clippers have picks to throw at the Magic. While they might be content with the core of young guys they have and then building through the draft and role players, it makes more sense to get Howard for a couple reasons. One, it puts them in automatic championship territory. Think about a frontcourt of Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard as well as Eric Gordon on the wing. That sentence speaks for itself, no explanation necessary. Not only do the Clippers have picks, they have Minnesota’s unprotected first round plus pieces like Farouq Aminu or Eric Bledsoe or maybe Gordon and an expiring contract in Chris Kaman who isn’t your Jerome James- Eddy Curry-trade-him-and-bench- him kind of guy. I’ll leave the subject on one thought if that trade goes down, could the Clippers make it farther in the playoffs than the Lakers?
- Dwight Howard to the Utah Jazz for Mehmet Okur’s expiring contract, and Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap plus picks. This one is a real dark horse at best and would be puzzling for Utah to say the least. Yes, Utah is rebuilding and has a frontcourt log jam with the three guys mentioned above and Derek Favors, as well as recent lottery pick Enes Kanter. Heck, the Jazz might even part with one of Kanter or Favors, but probably not. Point is that a frontcourt of those two and Howard AND Jefferson or Millsap would push Utah into playoff contention. If the trigger is pulled and Howard doesn’t work out they can always flip him for a Carmelo Anthony-like return, which in terms of young players and picks would put them in line with the Thunder and Clippers. If they acquire him and trade him for a plethora of players and picks, then they acquired those players for Mehmet Okur’s contract plus Jefferson and/or Millsap to go along with the spike in season ticket sales. Doesn’t sound too bad for the Jazz.
- Dwight Howard to the Indiana Pacers for anyone not named Danny Granger. High scoring super start, check, Danny Granger. Shutdown defender that gets into the opposing players head, check, Dahntay Jones. Three Point Marksmen, check, James Posey. Hustle big guy off the bench, check, Tyler Hansbrough. Young talented point guard, check, Darren Collison and George Hill. Rising wingman, check, Paul George. I’m not a Pacers bandwagon-jumper, but they do need a center. While Indiana likely won’t be Dwight Howard’s first choice, it makes some sense. If I’m the Pacers I’d throw Roy Hibbert, one of Hill or Collison, Lance Stephenson and picks at Orlando. That’s not a terrible split for the Magic, and it would catapult the Pacers into the 4-6 seed range in the East.