Friday, March 9, 2012

NBA Trade Talk: Dwight Howard

Jake Heston

With all the trade speculation, Howard is still carrying the Magic on his back (like he has for the past eight seasons). Last night, he lead the Magic to victory over Derrick Rose and the first-place, East-elite Chicago Bulls at the United Center, where he posted 29 points, 18 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

"Howard looked bigger and badder than ever, Ryan Anderson played off him perfectly, and it was all enough to remind that you Dwight's still one of the four or five best basketball players on the planet. When a roster clicks around him, the results can be pretty devastating, and lots of fun to watch," says SBNation.

After keeping Dwight in blue and white for the 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando, the Magic have begun to surge, winning 14 of their last 20 games (the Magic lay 3rd place in the East, a 26-15 record, just 6.5 games back of the Bulls). But the question remains, should they trade Dwight Howard this season?

For the sake of Magic fans, I really hope to see Howard moved. The organization owes it to Dwight to trade him to a legitimate contender where he can actually win his first ring. Don't be surprised if we see Dwight in a Lakers uniform come March 15!

The Magic must trade Dwight or face the fact he will pull a LeBron at the end of the season and leave the Magic with nothing. With just six days remaining until the NBA trade deadline, the decision should be a no-brainer for the Magic: do they honestly want to be left in a situation akin to the Cavs, who went 66-21 with LeBron, and 19-63 the year after he left? Hopefully, for Magic fans, their franchise didn't subscribe behind closed doors to The Parise Predicament.

Yet, if the Magic choose to keep Dwight and go for a run, who could blame them? Why not shock the world and acquire a player to help Howard leave Orlando a ring-bearer over the next six days? It's been reported that Gerald Wallace is up for grabs, D-League phenom Marqus Blakely could help as well.

Either way, we're getting tired of the talk, someone needs to make a move.

"It's definitely getting old where I'm sick and tired of hearing it," Rose said last night after losing to Howard at home. "Like I've said, this city speaks for itself. Chicago, marketing wise, is a great city. If someone chooses to come here, they definitely could, but I'm cool with the teammates that I have. We have a winning record. It's not like we have to change anything. But it's not up to me, it's up to the front office so if they make a decision, it's up to them."

We all know Rose is as hard as they come (cue the 2012 Eastern All-Star starting lineup introductions - by the way, Dwight was this year's leading All-Star vote-getter), but seriously, who wouldn't want a three-time Defensive POY protecting their playoff paint?

"He (Dwight)'s going to continue to dominate the game of basketball here in central Florida," Otis Smith, General Manager, Orlando Magic, swallows his tongue.

Jake contributes daily to SBz Bro of the Day column, and can be found tweeting just as passionately @Jheston0p 

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