After the Golden State Warriors signed Andre Iguodala Friday, I wrote that Dwight Howard must be out of the question at this point. But, another scenario that is still a possibility, believe it or not, is a sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors dumped the salaries of Brandon Rush, Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins to the Utah Jazz to make room for the signing, which means David Lee and Andrew Bogut are still available via trade.
What the Warriors have been rumored to execute with the Lakers would be sending Bogut and Harrison Barnes in exchange for Howard. There may have to be an additional player tossed in to help even out the salaries, but it is still very much a possibility.
Only the Dallas Mavericks have been told they are officially out of the Howard sweepstakes, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Therefore, this move by Golden State could be just an opening act for what kind of grand finale they have in store.
It seemed quite odd that the Warriors jumped into these talks just within the last week or so, but now it is looking like a real possibility. If Howard joined the Warriors who already have guys like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and of course Iguodala, they could launch themselves into championship contention pretty quickly.
Where will Howard land? Nobody knows at this point, but what we do know is that it will be either the Lakers, Warriors or Houston Rockets at this point. I have a feeling the Atlanta Hawks could be out of this one as well, but nothing official has been determined with their status yet. Regardless, Golden State is forming an incredible squad that could soon include the Dwightmare.