Despite plenty of speculation over Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo, there has yet to be a major trade ahead of this month's deadline. That can all change...
Putting together the blockbuster trades which all the fans of the NBA are looking for is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.
Dwight Howard wants to go to the Nets; The Magic don't like what the Nets are offering; So deadlock.
The way to solve it is by including a third, or even a fourth team in the deal.
The Golden State Warriors are a talented team, but an unbalanced one, with limitations, so they are the perfect team to get in on the act.
Of course they would love to secure Howard, but he does not appear to want to go there.
The Warriors can get involved in the trade action however by offering Stephen Curry into the trade.
They would not let Monta Ellis go, their biggest star, so Curry is the next best asset they have to offer.
The Nets have been trying to trade Brook Lopez to the Magic for Dwight Howard, but Orlando are not keen, so the possibility of a three-way deal is most logical.
Howard to the Nets, Lopez to Warriors, who need a centre with his height, and send Curry to the Magic.
If this does not materialise, a Curry for Lopez straight swap could be best for both parties, and leave Howard be.
The Nets will be keen to do business to show All Star Deron Williams that they do intend to compete, and don't risk losing him when the 2012 season is over.
The straight swap may not be the blockbuster deal for Howard the Nets had in mind, but in Curry they will receive a talented point guard, who averaged 18 points a game last season.
Without Curry being traded, the deals may remain in deadlock, and may have to wait until after the March 15 deadline, for the 2012 post-season.
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