Could Dwight Howard Be Traded to the New York Knicks?

Chris HaydukCorrespondent IIFebruary 28, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 06:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic attempts a shot during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Amway Center on February 6, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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All season long, rumors have been swirling regarding Dwight Howard's situation in Orlando.  After making it known publicly that he is not happy with the organization, the Magic have tried to find a suitor for Dwight.  However, no one has come forward with the assets needed to win him over.

However, the Knicks may have what it takes to land the superstar center.

With a combination of Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, New York may have enough to entice the Magic into trading their coveted big man. 

Although it is morally wrong to trade Stoudemire, the only star who chose the Knicks during the summer of 2010, the team would most likely see huge improvements from the exchange.

With the dominant defensive and rebounding presence of Howard, along with his unstoppable offensive game, the New York Knicks would become a very dangerous team, especially when you take into account Carmelo Anthony and the newly-emerged Jeremy Lin.

A trio of 'Melo, Howard and Lin would be a formidable foe for any team, including the Miami Heat.  Their scoring output and ability to push the ball would simply overwhelm any team's defense.

Also, with Dwight Howard patrolling the paint for the Knicks, opposing teams shouldn't expect too many inside shots, effectively turning the Knicks into an unstoppable force on offense and defense.

The offer certainly seems great for both teams, with the New York Knicks receiving a dominant center and the Orlando Magic getting an All-Star power forward and defensive-minded center.  We'll have to wait and see how these rumors play out over the next two weeks.

Should the Knicks trade for Dwight Howard?  And how much would you give up to get him?