Apr 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Magic defeated the Sixers 88-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

How Dwight Howard will change the Thunder and the Western Conference

News appears to be breaking on a blockbuster trade that will send Dwight Howard to the Lakers.  Details of the trade have not been confirmed, but it appears that Lakers will also be able to keep Pau, only dealing Bynum to the 76ers.  This brings two big names to the Western conference.

The first is Iggy going to Denver. This will improve Denver, but not enough to make them a series threat in the Western Conference. But dear Lord how fun is this team going to be to watch? Denver and OKC have already had some of the most memorable regular seasons games with their up tempo style of play, and Iguodala will  play right into that.

Mar 14, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) shoots a free throw during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT

Second of course is bring Dwight to LA. It is pretty much set that the Lakers will start Nash, Kobe, Metta, Pau and Dwight. That is a lineup that will scare quite a few teams. The biggest issue is that if the Lakers land Dwight(and he is 100% healthy) that pretty much means that….. gulp, OKC can’t amnesty Perkins.

It’s a well known fact that OKC will be cap burdened in the near future.  With the emergence of Ibaka and Harden, it was going to be tough to afford the current roster in two years. There was a glimmer of hope however, Presti signing smart short term deals kept the possibility alive of being able to resign Harden and Ibaka, and amnesty Perkins. This is absolutely impossible if the Lakers get Dwight Howard.  With all-star shooters Dwight in crunch time, it will be nearly impossible to double Dwight on the block.  There are going to be other articles showing that Perkins vs Howard is overrated and Perkins doesn’t dominate this match up as much as thought. I am just going to go out and say it, that I don’t care about any stats for Dwight on offense the last three seasons. Literally every team either hard doubled Dwight or dug down with a soft double since the Magic were horrible.  Perkins is absolutely the best one on one defender to defend against Dwight. It isn’t even a question.

It is still early to speculate, but Dwight and Pau both in LA almost cements  Perkins in OKC for the duration of his contract. As much as it hurts, we might have to start realizing the fact the Harden could walk as a restricted free agent. As more details emerge, Thunderous Intentions will keep you up to date on all trade related talk and reactions.


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