In the past few days, there has been turmoil in Orlando with the firing of Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy and letting go of general manager Otis Smith. More problematic than that is Dwight Howard wants out and has wanted out for some time.
The Knicks have been named in Howard’s top three destinations for where he would like to play next season. With an 85-year old owner in Rich DeVos, the Magic may look to get talent back now rather than prospects for later in a Howard deal.
It’s quite clear that Howard wants to play in a big market, and there is no bigger market or stage than New York City. In the 2012-13 season, the Brooklyn Nets will hope to use the New York City market to their advantage in acquiring Dwight Howard. It seems as though the Nets are still Howard’s hopeful team throughout the things he’s said in the past year. I think the big thing that will factor into Howard becoming a Net is if they can get a top three pick in the draft as their current pick was traded to Portland in the Gerald Wallace deal, but is top three protected. That means that if in the draft lottery the pick comes up as one, two, or three, the Nets will retain the pick and Portland will receive next years pick from the Nets.
If the Nets end up with either the second or third pick, I think that it’s nearly a done deal that they will package the pick and players for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu in a blockbuster draft day deal. However, it is interesting to think that, if the Nets receive the first pick in the draft, would they be willing to part with Anthony Davis, the best pro prospect since Lebron James? I personally believe that they would keep Davis and rebuild around him if the situation were to arise.
Now, with the Knicks, lets look at what the most talked about trade scenario is. Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu.
I doubt this trade would happen, but I like it for a few reasons. The Knicks acquire the best center in the league. Some people may like Andrew Bynum more, but I don’t think there is any argument that Howard is better and if he can come back to full form from his back surgery, he will be a borderline Hall of Famer when it’s all said and done. Howard will give the Knicks a franchise post player they have not had since Patrick Ewing.
The trade also allows Carmelo Anthony to play the Power Forward position a lot more, where he flourished this season. Having only Howard down low will also free up space for Anthony to operate.
Turkoglu, while not the player he was a few years ago, can still be a solid addition to the Knicks. He has above average ball handling skills for a large small forward. He would give the Knicks another option to bring the ball up and facilitate the offense. The Knicks as they are now, are a good team, but with the acquisition of a once in a generation type player like Howard they can be a great team.
If there is a chance to complete this trade, the Knicks should pull the trigger on getting Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic.