This is not a post on how to trade Dwight Howard. This is a post with some suggestions on: "how to write a Dwight Howard trade post," and also: "how NOT to write a Dwight Howard trade post." As other members of the community add suggestions in the comments suggestion, I'll add them to the text of this post (with attribution, of course-and pending my stern editorial approval.) So, let's begin:
1. You need to have a compelling reason to make a trade. Here are some examples of reasons that are not good:
"I just think that Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard would make the best frontline in the NBA." (This is probably true, but that can't be the only reason to suggest a trade. See items 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7.)
"Dwight Howard will obviously get traded to the Lakers, because, hey, they're the Lakers." (This is, . . . well, . . . . if you don't understand what's wrong with this, I can't help you.)
"Dwight Howard obviously wants out of Orlando." (You can only make this statement if you are Dwight Howard.)
2. Please don't propose trades that are incredibly one-sided. For instance, salary-wise you could trade Dwight Howard to the Nets for Travis Outlaw, Jordan Farmar, and Johan Petro, but not even our GM would ever make that deal. As much as you'd like to dream that such a thing would happen, we don't all live in your version of good-time-happy-shiny-fun-town-land.
3. While we don't expect you to be a salary guru, please take a little time to familiarize yourself with the financial situation of the teams with which you are proposing a trade. If you will test your trade on ESPN's NBA Trade Machine before you post it, and provide the link in your post, that will be helpful. Remember that the salary cap is around 58 million right now, but that it will probably come down after the new CBA is ratified.
4. Please remember that your target audience (the members of OPP), on the whole, have NO DESIRE to trade Dwight Howard. We like him just as much as you want him, and don't want him to be traded-so write with that in mind.
5. Remember that the NBA needs a new CBA, and there is a fair probability that next season won't start until January. And when it does start, it will start with all sorts of new financial mandates.
6. If you can, use proper grammar. It is the internet, and English is not the first language of everyone on the board, so everyone here will try to be kind about this-but there is a better chance that your post will be taken seriously if it is well-written.
7. Do not put your Dwight Howard trade suggestion in the comments section of this post. Or in anybody else's post-write your own post if you feel so moved.
8. Really. Don't post it. (Contributed by Eltharion_doa)
That's all I can think of off the top of my head.