- 02/25/2011, 01:36PM ET
DJRoxalot said 02/25, 02:31 PM
If Howard decides to force where the Magic trade him like Melo did?
There is just 1 destination that would come to mind and make the most sense.
Howard enjoyed playing with Kobe on the 2008 Olympic team and he has long said he wants to play in LA because of entertainment aspirations.
The Lakers could trade the Magic C Andrew Bynum, F Lamar Odom and a 1st round pick for the young center. Orthey might have to get a 3rd team involved like in the Melo situation.
That is an excellent lineup and would make the Lakers favorites. At least on paper.
The biggest criticism would possibly be about Kobe sharing the ball. Well, Howard only gets about 13.7 FG's in Orlando. And he goes to the FT line a lot, just like another former LA center in Shaq.
BRING THE PAIN!!!
Please wait till 2 arguments are submitted before voting.
TMACHAKEEMDURANT said 02/25, 03:08 PM
I'm going to strongly disagree, if he did what Melo did and basically chose where he wanted to go he would end up in Chicago with Derrick Rose.
The Bulls could combo Noah and Deng plus a pick for Howard which would be the best offer the Magic would get for him. The lineup would make for the best team in the NBA, while the Heat have the 3 best players, the Bulls would have the depth to go along with the best G-C combo in the league which could play together for the next 10 years.
PG- Derrick Rose
SG- Keith Bogans/Ronnie Brewer
SF- Kyle Korver
PF- Carlos Boozer
C- Dwight Howard
That's a team that would go on to dominate the league for a long time.
DJRoxalot said 02/25, 03:29 PM
"I'm going to strongly disagree, if he did what Melo did and basically chose where he wanted to go he would end up in Chicago with Derrick Rose."
Really? Because why?
The great weather in Chicago? You know he is from Georgia and has spent his NBA career in Orlando, right? I think he chooses a better climate than "The Windy City."
The fact that Chicago would benefit him in the entertainment business???
*Yes, I realize he could fly back and forth to LA but even athletes want to save money in these hard economic times. Forcing a trade to LA just makes more sense so he does not have to fly back and forth for entertainment gigs*
"the Bulls would have the depth to go along with the best G-C combo in the league which could play together for the next 10 years."
Agree it would but I do not think he has any interest in Chicago.
And by the way:
TMACHAKEEMDURANT said 02/26, 12:15 AM
Lets be realistic with this, the Lakers have maybe 2-3 year window at being an elite team, so he could either choose to join the Lakers for the 2-3 year window where Kobe is still an elite player or to the Bulls where Rose is just hitting his stride.
The Bulls with Howard could go 10 years at or near the top of the East, they still have Boozer who is a legit player, and will be for a few years as well. He chooses the Bulls over the Lakers for the chance at creating a dynasty, championship contenders every year for 10 years and the thought of having Derrick Rose feeding him the ball down low where he will thrive and have a better career than with the Lakers.
I seriously doubt he would choose one team over another because of the weather, Chicago is a big city just like LA, so there is plenty for him there to do.
And honestly I don't see the Magic taking Bynum over Noah, In the 2 years Noah's been playing he's already had a better statistical career than Bynum.
DJRoxalot said 02/26, 10:56 AM
LA has a 3 year window but seriously with him? They would be a near LOCK for the NBA Finals every year.
And after Kobe retires and Gasol starts to slip? The Lakers have shown they will go out and get the needed talent to win. The Lakers have a much more storied HISTORY than the Bulls.
Boozer is almost 30. How many years do you think he has left?
Not to mention he has a history of injuries.
With just Rose and Howard they would not be a contender. Boozer is needed to take some pressure off the Big Man. The kind of help he does not get in Orlando.
Weather? Again, Howard is from Georgia and has played his career in Orlando. Why go to a city has epicly cold conditions and snow? Some people might laugh at that but some people move to a certain area for the weather.
Why not athletes? Especially if they grew up in a place that had warm weather. People that grew up in Chicago might not mind it but not all like it.
And as far as the entertainment aspirations it would make sense to go to LA so that he does not have the hassle of having to fly somewhere.
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