Howard wants to be in LA -- why does it have to be the Lakers? Now is the time for the Clippers to try and shift the balance of power, with Kobe's best years behind him and Phil Jackson ready to retire (again). You have to think the Clippers would jump at this trade. As explosive as Blake Griffin has been, his upside doesn't guarantee he'll ever be on Howard's level, which continues to rise.
I've heard wild trade rumors like Howard for Andrew Bynum, or for Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez. Statistically, the latter trade may seem to make some kind of ridiculous sense (Humphries/Lopez, combined, almost put up Howard's numbers? Maybe?)
And I guess you could argue that Bynum is still young. Maybe he'll stop hurting himself and start to tap his potential.
But Griffin might just be the ying to Howard's yang. His raw offensive ability is like a photographic negative of Howard's defensive power in his early years. The kid is a monster. Just not quite the monster Dwight Howard is.
No big man, or combination of bigs, would the Magic with the equity they'd give up by trading Howard. But Griffin might give us the best shot to break even, relatively speaking, in the long run. And he could bring some excitement to Orlando. After what is likely to transpire in the coming months, we're going to need it.
So: Howard for Griffin. Yay or nay?