With all the rumors surrounding Dwight Howard recently, I decided to play around on the trade machine a bit. I came up with this one. This is just an idea, not a rumor, so tell me what you think. I'm not a Thunder nor Magic fan, I'm just curious what you'd think of this. I posted the same fanpost on the Thunder's page, I just wanted to get opinions.
Thunder receive: Howard
Magic receive: Westbrook, Perkins, Aldrich, Sefelosha
This can be changed of course (throw in a player, take out a player), but would you guys do this trade?
Why the Thunder do it:
The Thunder would be receiving the best center in the NBA. Howard would turn them into legit contenders for years to come. He is still very young at 25, but also very experienced. He is full of playoff experience and can turn the Thunder into a premier defensive team. A frontcourt of Durant, Ibaka, and Howard would be dominating combination for the next decade. Moving Westbrook would allow Harden to become a starter and would give Robinson and Maynor some playing time.
Why the Magic do it:
The Magic would be looking to get the best talent in return in a Dwight deal and a young All-Star, a defensive center, and other young pieces would be a great package. They would be trading a franchise player for a franchise player in a sense. Trading Howard would most likely mean rebuilding and this would be a good start.
Why the Thunder wouldn't do it:
At 22, Westbrook is still very young and has all the time to grow and mature. He's had his problems (i.e. shooting too much) but that is no reason to trade him. Durant and him have already made the Thunder contenders and in a couple of years possibly the best team in the NBA. Trading Westbrook would be putting that in jepoardy. There is also the chance Howard would not want to sign an extension making the trade a complete disaster. The Thunder would also be weak at the guard positions (however, drafting someone like Mack or Smith at 24 could solve that).
Why the Magic wouldn't do it:
This isn't a Carmelo situation as Howard hasn't demanded a trade. It is known he'd prefer to stay in Orlando, however he also said he would like the team to be a legit contender. Trading him could be a bad decision because there is the chance he would re-sign. Orlando is still a contending team, and if Arenas or Turkoglu could get to playing well they could very well be title contenders. Trading Howard would take that chance away and almost inevitably mean it would be time to rebuild.
Tell me what you think of this trade and also if I'm missing any main points.
^Link to same post on Thunder's page