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Could L.A. trade Griffin for Howard?

Here are five (hypothetical) trade scenarios that would make sense for both teams

Originally Published: January 24, 2012
By Chris Broussard | ESPN The Magazine
Blake Griffin, Dwight HowardJayne Kamin-Oncea/US PresswireBelieve it or not, a Blake Griffin-Dwight Howard swap could work for both L.A. and Orlando.

The March 15 trade deadline is more than six weeks away, but that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun with trade "projections." We use that word lightly, since these following scenarios are not deals in the works or rumors we've heard. They're just moves we think make sense, moves that could help both teams, moves that GMs can feel free to borrow if they are so inclined. And all of them work financially.

So let's start big, as in big enough to rock the landscape of the entire league. Big enough to put lots of fear in all three early NBA Finals favorites -- the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.

1. Los Angeles Clippers trade Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson

Yes, I went there. I hate to break up the Clippers, a team I have predicted will win the Western Conference. But Howard is the greatest big man in the league by a mile, and the chance to pair him with Chris Paul, arguably the league's best pure point guard, is just too good to pass up.