Dwight Howard is a man carrying a team. The Orlando Magic made it into the playoffs due to the ‘Superman’ who played his heart out for the team. As trades heat up after the NBA Draft, let’s look at the three big teams that could use Howard’s hustle.
With the Celtics in desperate need of a starting center, who better than Dwight Howard to help them in which might be their final championship run.
Jermaine O’Neal is coming to the end of his career, Nenad Krstić has just signed a two-year deal for Russian team PBC CSKA Moscow and of course, Shaq is hanging up the boots after a stellar career in the NBA.
There’s only one problem, the cash!
Dwight Howard, being the star he is, needs a large salary if he would consider moving to Beantown, but with Boston’s big three staying put, that only leaves one person, Rajon Rondo.
Orlando won’t trade Howard unless they get something in return, and who better than a young PG to center your future around.
However, the question is will the Celtics give up a talented player for a dominant one?
Los Angeles Lakers
After being embarrassed by the Mavericks in the conference semi-finals, the Lakers need to change things up.
Phil Jackson is finished coaching (for now) and Mike Brown has taken over, but will that be the only change in Los Angeles?
I think, they will target Howard with offers including Bynum, Gasol and Artest.
You would think the Magic would only be interested in Andrew Bynum because he is a talented young center, as Gasol and Artest aren’t getting any younger.
You never know, maybe sixth man of the year, Lamar Odom could be thrown in a deal, with reports saying he was just offered to the Timberwolves for the No. 2 pick, but the offer was rejected.
Even if they don’t acquire Howard, expect one of their starting five to be shipped out of LA in the near future.
The Bulls had the best record in the league this past season and also had the MVP, Derrick Rose. Just those two facts should get Superman excited to fly into a Chicago jersey.
Joakim Noah, Loul Deng and Taj Gibson are names being tossed around for a potential trade. Hedu Turkoglu or Gilbert Arenas would probably join the Bulls, if this deal went down, so the Magic could free up cap space.
Turkoglu would be the more realistic option and he could add to the Bull’s bench-scoring.
The thing I’m looking forward to, if Dwight goes to the Windy City, is if the Bulls and Heat make the conference finals again.
Imagine the star power in that match-up. LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh against Dwight and Derrick.
Now that would be entertaining basketball!
Unfortunately for now, these are all rumors and until Howard puts pen to paper, speculation on Superman’s future will continue.