Ok, hear me out.
Dwight has been saying he wants to stay in Orlando, of course, he has a year and a bit left on his deal. Why anger the fans? But when you think of the type of player Dwight is now, his huge personality etc. Wouldn't it make sense for him to be playing in LA or NY?
Anyway on to the specifics.
So Orlando right now have a worse roster than last year. This year they lose Jason Richardson and are over the salary cap. I don't know if they can re-sign him but that's not the point really. They have Arenas until 2014 earning 22 million+. They have Turkoglu earning 11+ until 2014. They currently have 75 million in commited salary/player options for 2012 (including Howards player option).
They really are f*cked. Honestly! They are like the Knicks 2 years ago (albeit with a superstar) but they are in cap hell. Who is going to take that huge Arenas contract to let them actually get Howard some support?
It's pretty likely that in 2012 Orlando will not be able to offer Howard much talent around him to help him win. If Howard makes the right kind of noise next season (see Carmelo Anthony) then he could force a trade to NY. For who?
Amare Stoudemire. Orlando would probably want a big man in return for Howard so we give them Amare and either Douglas or Fields and probably some kind of pick.
We then go into 2011 playoffs with Dwight/Melo/Billups and in the summer of 2012 Billups expires and we sign CP3.
It's possible right?!