With the new NBA trade rumors of 2012 saying that Dwight Howard to the Atlanta Hawks is once again a possible move in the making, at least one source is saying he may pose a problem for the team. Would D-Howard really help out the Hawks, or would he just hurt them?
The latest Dwight gossip has ranged from the possible to the outlandish. Almost every team in the league has staked a claim in a deal involving Howard at one point or another. However, only a selection of teams remain at the forefont in what some call a "sweepstakes." These include the LA Lakers, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, and Atlanta Hawks.
According to Bleacher Report, D-Howard would create some shakeups in terms of the Hawks' current talent. It would very likely mean moving Josh Smith to more of a perimeter scoring role, one which he doesn't seem equipped for. The BR article notes:
"On the defensive end, they'd be a force with which to contend. There's no question about that.
Developing a successful chemistry on offense is a different story. Howard's omnipresence in the painted area would all but force Smith to look for perimeter shots."
The article also notes that previously Glen "Big Baby" Davis was incompatible with Howard in Orlando. Also noted is the fact that Al Horford has emerged as a star in Atlanta. His talents might be lost should Dwight Howard become involved in the mix.
While an NBA trade for Howard by the Hawks is unlikely at this point because they'd have to sign him as a free agent, some may argue that it's just a headache waiting to happen. Just look at the way Howard is dealing with his current team, the Orlando Magic, as he complains about being there, and tries to get traded. Unfortunately for him, the trade just isn't happening yet. Unfortunately for any team that trades for him, he may skip town once free agency hits. The Hawks definitely would be better off finding other role players to fill their needs.
Do you think Atlanta should stop considering Dwight Howard in a signing or trade? Would Al Horford and/or Josh Smith have issues if Howard ends up in Atlanta?
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