The latest of the NBA trade rumors and news for 2012 continues to involve Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. While he wants to play for the Brooklyn Nets, and there's word that the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in trading Bynum for Howard, the Hawks could be the team that ends up with D-Howard.
Recent Dwight Howard rumors and news involved the big man flat out demanding to be sent to Brooklyn from Orlando. While most people would want it the other way around based on climate and scenery, Howard wants that championship ring which he could achieve with Deron Williams at the point.
An article from Bleacher Report speculates on the potential for a move of Howard to the Hawks, based on Atlanta recently sending Joe Johnson to Brooklyn. The article notes that Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated has said the Hawks are "in the mix" for D-Howard. Also of note, Howard is from Atlanta, and also friends with Josh Smith and Anthony Morrow, whom the Hawks recently acquired.
So what would the Hawks have as trade value for this deal? Possibly Al Horford and Jeff Teague as well as other expiring contracts. While those don't sound too exciting on their face, Horford is a rising star and top power forward in the league, as well as a former All-Star. The Magic would certainly be able to use him in building a new contending team.
However, another thing to consider is that quite possibly the Nets are bringing in the names they are in an effort to woo the Magic with some top-notch veterans in Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace. Could these two be part of the trade bait they are putting together for the Magic, or maybe even to swing a multi-team deal with another team? It always gets interesting around this time of year, and with the Miami Heat talking about adding another star to their elite roster, it's making plenty of sense that teams like the Hawks and Nets both want Howard.
A poll at the Bleacher Report article referenced above asks which team Howard will start for at the beginning of the 2012-13 NBA season. Right now, the Lakers are winning the vote by a landslide at 40.5 percent with the Hawks at 23.9 percent of the votes and the Nets at 21.1 percent of votes.
Sports fans, what do you think? Will Howard ultimately land in Atlanta or Brooklyn, or will the Lakers manage to get him aligned with Kobe for another championship run?
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