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Am I nuts? Dwight Howard on the Clippers?

Is this a huge longshot? Yes. Has the GM of the Magic already proclaimed that he's not trading Dwight Howard? Yes.

BUT...you never know what happens in this league. Remember how sudden Deron Williams was traded?

So: Here's what i think would make sense for both teams:

Here are some facts and some assumptions:

Facts:

1) Clippers as currently constituted are not a playoff team

2) Orlando is in CAP HELL after their midseason trades for Gilber Arenas and Hedo T.

3) Howard can up and leave after next year-- it would not be surprising after what Carmelo and Lebron did these past 8 months.

4) Clippers do not have a clear-cut solution at Center. They can lose DJ to free agency and Kaman is in the last year of his deal.

Assumptions:

1) You need at least 1 superstar and 2 boderline allstars on your team in this league to have sustained success. The Clippers have 1 each in Griffin and Gordon, but want a third dynamic player

2) Minnesota's Pick next year is going to be a very high one in a deep, deep draft

3) The new collective bargaining agreement does not enable teams to slap "franchise" tags on their best players

4) Orlando wants to re-build while still being competitive.

5) You can sign and trade a restricted free agent (help!)

So here's the trade:

Orlando sends Gilbert Areans and Dwight Howard to the Clippers for:

Sign n Traded-DJ (dont even know if that's possible), Kaman, Bledsoe, Filler (foye, gomes?) and Minnesota's unprotected 2012 pick.

For the Clips, it's a no brainer... Kaman is coming off the books anyway, and Howard would be an unspeakable upgrade. To keep DJ, they'll probably have to give him 7m/year... i'd rather have Howard for 15.

Arenas' contract is probably the worst one in the league considering he barely got off the bench for most of Orlando's playoff run, but hey i'll take it if it gets Howard on this team.

For Orlando they get salary cap flexibility, some nice young talent and a chance to get a fresh young superstar in next year's draft.

Chances of this happening? maybe 5%? What do you guys think?
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