Dwight Howard trade options

Creating four deals that would make sense for Magic, trading partners

Updated: June 1, 2012, 10:16 AM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
Griffith-HowardDouglas Jones/US PresswireThe Clippers should consider dealing Blake Griffin for Dwight Howard.

How much is Dwight Howard worth?

We might find out soon enough if he's traded. I know what you're thinking: "Haven't we heard that for the past two years?" While that might be true, it seems more likely than ever that he'll be dealt. The Orlando Magic front office has cleaned house by handing pink slips to general manager Otis Smith and head coach Stan Van Gundy, and there's a lot of uncertainty in the organization. And another season of Howard's hokey-pokey commitment might be too much to swallow.

We know Howard's credentials. He's probably one of the five best players in the NBA who also just happens to be entering his prime years as a basketball commodity. When engaged (and he might not have been all last season), he's easily the best defensive big man in the league, patrolling the pick-and-roll game, protecting the rim and gobbling up every miss in sight.

So you're getting a perennial defensive player of the year candidate who also happens to average 20 points per game. Here's a list of centers who can offer you that combination: Dwight Howard. That's it. As long as he's happy (which seems to be of utmost importance to his employer), he could be one of the two or three most valuable assets in the league.

So who would be interested? Just about everybody. Who would actually have the pieces to make it work? Here are four destinations that make sense.

Los Angeles Lakers

The deal: Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol to Orlando for Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Glen Davis


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