With their trades of Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams, the Hawks have emerged as a new potential destination for Dwight Howard.

Howard grew up in the Atlanta area and is close friends with Josh Smith, as well as the newly acquired Anthony Morrow.

Howard has previously shown little interest in the Hawks, but could make a trade for him using Al Horford and Jeff Teague, or could also pursue him in free agency next summer.

The Hawks currently would have enough cap space to pursue both Howard in Chris Paul next summer.