NBA Rumors: Why Dwight Howard Will Either Be a Knick or Laker Next Season

Dwight Howard has let it be known, again, that he does not want to play for the Orlando Magic. This despite the Magic firing coach Stan Van Gundy and watching General Manager Otis Smith resign, both of which Dwight Howard apparently desired.

Howard has let it be known that he would welcome a trade to the Nets, Mavericks, Clippers, Knicks and Lakers and the Magic seem all too willing to grant him his request as long as another team will also take back Hedo Turkoglu in any Howard deal.

Turkoglu however is the key as demanding he be included in any deal automatically limits the list of teams that are able to realistically acquire Howard to only the Knicks and Lakers. The Mavericks and Clippers have literally nothing of substance to offer the Magic and the Nets would have to get extremely creative with sign and trades involving Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace, two players the Magic may not want even if they were offered. That leaves the Knicks and Lakers as the only two teams with a realistic shot of trading for the Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu duo.

The Knicks offer is an easy one to predict. I believe the Knicks would offer Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler for Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Glen "Big Baby" Davis which I also believe the Magic would accept if the Lakers cannot make a stronger offer. A starting five in Gotham city of Jeremy Lin, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Novak (in the Ryan Anderson stretch power forward role) and Dwight Howard with such starting quality bench players as Glen Davis, JR Smith and Landry Fields would make for the best Knicks team since 1999.

The Lakers offer is a bit more difficult to predict. I believe the Lakers would start by offering Pau Gasol and Steve Blake for Howard and Turkoglu. I also believe the Magic would reject that and threaten to accept the Knicks deal. The Lakers would then counter by offering to include Josh McRoberts and Christian Eyenga (i...

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