Howard interested in both Clippers and Heat

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Dwight Howard is having a hard time making up his mind.  He could stay with the Orlando Magic who are basically begging him to stay and rightfully so.

Earlier this season, he told the team that he wanted a trade and his preferred list of teams include the Lakers, Nets and Mavericks.  Out of those teams, the Nets look like the favorites with plenty of cap space to sign the all-star center after the season without having to gut their team to get him.

While tweeting about Howard earlier today, Chris Mannix of stated that Howard will likely remain with the Magic for the rest of the season and will not be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline.  But he also threw in this tasty comment: “Two teams sources say tell SI Howard will have interest in: Clippers and Miami. There are cap issues, but the interest is real.”

There are big time cap issues with both teams which each of them over the salary cap next season.  So, any deal would have to be a sign-and-trade.  But that would mean each team would have to give up something big.

The Clippers could do a deal that would include Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan but it’s doubtful that LA would move their most popular player, even for a franchise center like Howard.  As for the Heat, they could trade Chris Bosh straight up for Howard but that would seem to be a tough pill for Orlando to swallow with Howard being in the same division.

The best deal for Howard to win and the Magic to get close to equal trade would be with the LA Lakers but those talks have died down with the Magic reportedly not thrilled with a straight-up trade for Andrew Bynum and D12 unwilling to commit to a long-term deal to play with Kobe Bryant and Co.