Dwight Howard has been dominating the boards this season and at the same time, dominating conversation when it comes to his next destination. In the last week, he has added the Los Angeles Clippers to his "approved" trade list and has also been mentioned in trade rumors involving the Knicks. New York reportedly suggesting a package that would send Amare Stoudamire and Tyson Chandler to the Magic Kingdom. Today, we have details on Superman's wish to end up in the City of Angels... across town from Kobe.
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The latest trade chatter come from ESPN's Chris Broussard. The trade deadline is not until March 15th, but the NBA Insider came up with some trades that "make sense". We will share them with you and give you our own thoughts on their potential impact.
To Orlando: Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan
To Los Angeles Clippers: Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard
The bottom line in Orlando is, don't let Howard walk while getting nothing in return. After watching Shaq walk, and getting nothing in return, the Magic don't want to endure that setback again. Worried about attendance? Blake Griffin would be as big or an even bigger draw for Magic fans. DeAndre Jordan is an up and coming big man, armed with a new long contract, giving Orlando post men for the long haul. As for the Clippers, this deal only makes sense if Howard can be locked up for a long term deal in advance. If Kyle Lowry is the breakout guard of the season, Ryan Anderson is the breakout forward. Getting back to the West coast, where he starred at Cal, Anderson is the perfect compliment to Howard. Anderson is a solid defensive rebounder and the best three point shooting post player in the Association.
To New York Knicks: Deron Williams
To New Jersey Nets: Carmelo Anthony
From what we have heard, Carmelo and Amare are having trouble co-existing in the Big Apple. It also is obvious that the Knicks are top heavy in the front court with Stoudamire and Tyson Chandler alongside 'Melo. Deron Williams has been making lots of noise in New Jersey since he is the only decent player with the long term injury to Brook Lopez. Like Dwight Howard in Orlando, New Jersey will not let Williams walk and get nothing in return. Williams would be elated to join New York with Amare and Chandler up front. The Nets need a big name for their new facility opening in Brooklyn a year from now. Carmelo would be their draw and would also entice other free agents (preferably a guard) to join he and Lopez next season.
To Houston Rockets: Pau Gasol and Darius Morris
To Los Angeles Lakers: Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry
After losing Yao Ming to retirement, the Rockets went out and got Pau Gasol.... so they thought. The deal was vetoed by the NBA front office and Houston was left out of the subsequent blockbuster involving Chris Paul. The Rockets picked up center Samuel Dalembert who is playing the best ball of his career in recent weeks. Getting an offensive force like Gasol to play alongside the defensive minded Dalembert makes too much sense. Lowry has been arguably the "break out" player in the Association this season, but if anything, the Rockets can afford to move a point guard. Goran Dragic has promise and Jonny Flynn has been buried on the depth chart. The Lakers would get the point guard (Lowry) they have long needed to share the backcourt load with Bryant. Up front, with Andrew Bynum taking it to another level offensively, Scola would be an ideal partner in the paint to control the defensive boards.
To Memphis Grizzlies: Daniel Gibson and Omri Casspi
To Cleveland Cavaliers: O.J. Mayo
The Cavaliers are in total rebuild and landing a "name" player like Mayo would help put butts in the streets. Kyrie Irving is set at one guard spot in Cleveland and would welcome a scoring threat in the backcourt like Mayo. Daniel Gibson is a three point specialist, a luxury that the Cavs cannot afford at this point. Casspi was a solid free agent signing, but getting more minutes for lottery pick Tristan Thompson would be a good move for the long term. The Grizzlies could certainly use a three point specialist like Gibson to stretch the court. Mike Conley has really developed at the point, but shooting range is not his strength. Josh Shelby is a sleeper in the backcourt, but he too does not rely on the three. With Zach Randolph sidelined and as insurance behind Rudy Gay, Casspi would help fill the scoring void until the big man returns from injury.
To Detroit Pistons: Michael Beasley
To Minnesota Timberwolves: Tayshaun Prince
The Timberwolves are absolutely loaded with young talent. Moving Beasley and picking up a veteran like Prince might help the kids grow. Derrick WIlliams, the #2 pick in the draft, has been getting more minutes of late in the absence of Beasley and Wesley Johnson (both injured) and has been really producing. This move would open permanent minutes for Williams at the four with Love sliding over to center. The trade would make the most sense for the Pistons as they need to accelerate the rebuild. The long term deal for Prince didn't make much sense, but getting the younger Beasley fits. Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight are the future in the backcourt, while Beasley would be another nice piece up front alongside Greg Monroe.
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