Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dwight Howard to the Lakers?

For all of us who believed LeBron James' move to Miami via "The Decision" was the worst public relations move an NBA star could make, this summer's "Dwightmare" has made us all look stupid.

Howard has made it clear he wants to leave the Orlando Magic but with a trade to the Nets, his original desired destination, unlikely until at least January and a trade to the Rockets unlikely because of his reluctance to sign a long-term contract extension to stay in Houston, it looked like he would be stuck in Orlando.

Enter the Lakers, who reportedly are willing to move their young center Andrew Bynum in an effort to add Howard to their team.  Howard has indicated he would be willing to sign a contract extension with the Lakers.

If the Lakers get Howard, they would be the prohibitive favorite to win the 2013 championship.  He would team with Pau Gasol to give Los Angeles a powerful combination of the best defensive big man and one of the best scoring big men in the league to go along with Kobe Bryant at shooting guard and Steve Nash, who they traded for earlier this month, at point guard.

This will be a complicated trade because in addition to Bynum, the Magic would want draft picks.  That could mean the Lakers and Magic would need to add a third team - possibly the Rockets - which would land Howard in L.A., Bynum in Houston, and a package of draft picks and young players in Orlando.

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