March 6, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) dunks during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: James Harden And Serge Ibaka Too Much For Thunder

It's too high of a price to pay for such a short window of opportunity when the Thunder might just win the crown this year without giving anything up at all.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Price Tag Is High For All-Star Center

SI.com NBA writer Chris Mannix reports that the rumored deal for Dwight Howard to the Oklahoma City Thunder for both James Harden and Serge Ibaka could provide teams a benchmark for what the Magic want in return for their superstar center.

That price appears to be too high even for the Thunder who are not on the list of teams that Howard would reportedly consider resigning with at the end of the season. So trading two of their core players for a rest of the season rental doesn't seem too appealing even if combining Howard with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook would instantly make Oklahoma City the favorites to win the championship.

For more trade rumors involving the Oklahoma City Thunder head on over to Welcome To Loud City.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Adding Howard Still A Risky Move For The Thunder

A report on Friday revealed that the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Orlando Magic have indeed discussed a deal to send Dwight Howard to the Thunder. At issue for the Thunder is the asking price. Orlando wants James Harden and Serge Ibaka in the deal. The Thunder would only be getting Howard through the end of the season, a rental of sorts. And therein lies the conundrum for the Thunder, as this report from Royce Young at the Daily Thunder believes adding Howard would make them favorites for an NBA title this year.

Trading away players for Howard stands in contrast to the team's m.o. of building long-term viability by drafting and developing young players. Having Howard walk away after the 2012 season would leave a huge hole in what is now a very good lineup.

However, with Howard on board for the rest of the season, the Thunder could fill that void with a championship banner, maybe.

Says Young:

Flags fly forever. The Mavericks are going to enjoy their title for the rest of time. And if acquiring Howard meant the Thunder would win a championship, that's what you do. You play to win that trophy and you win them one at a time.

He then points out the risk of not winning it all with Howard this year, a distinct possibility. Ultimately that leads Young to argue that the Thunder should try to win with what they have.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: James Harden And Serge Ibaka Too Much For Thunder

It's too high of a price to pay for such a short window of opportunity when the Thunder might just win the crown this year without giving anything up at all.

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