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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 11:00 pm  |  60 responses

Lakers Reportedly May Consider Trading Dwight Howard Before the Deadline


As if things haven’t been ridiculous enough in L.A.,we now have a report via ESPN.com claiming that if the Lakers keep up with this losing business and decide they might lose Dwight Howard to free agency this summer, the troubled franchise may look to trade away the big man in the coming pre-deadline month or so. Some details: “The Los Angeles Lakers have consistently turned away trade inquiries in recent weeks for All-Star center Dwight Howard and still believe they have a strong chance of signing him to a new contract when Howard becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to sources close to the situation. But sources told ESPN.com this week that the Lakers might be forced to reconsider that position between now and the Feb. 21 trade deadline because of Howard’s growing unhappiness with his role under coach Mike D’Antoni and the potential that raises for Howard leaving them in July without compensation. Howard has not publicly indicated any desire to sign elsewhere when he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1 and came to Los Angeles determined to succeed with a minimum amount of fuss after the hits he took image-wise during his drawn-out departure from the Orlando Magic. But sources say that Howard, as the Lakers’ struggles have mounted, has dropped hints within team circles about his discomfort in D’Antoni’s system and that he could consider moving on if things don’t improve or change.”

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  • shockexchange

    In L.A., everybody is expendable except Horry Jr. If Rent-A-Center re-signs with L.A. then they can and will trade him at their leisure to wherever they want – Milwaukee, Seattle or Mayberry USA. That is one of the main reasons he won’t re-sign with the Lakers http://www.clicky.me/rentacenter .

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    My god, Lakers management has been dropping the ball this year.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    And I see that the whole team is unhappy with D’Antoni at the moment, need for change?

  • zogs19994

    WOW….THIS IS CRAZY….

  • ILoveSeeingLAFail

    Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. And Dwight will re-sign after the season. I only wish they’d trade him. What could make this season more of a disaster than getting rid of the guy who used to be the most dominant center in the League?

  • flows

    Jim Buss or Mitch needs to take a step back and calmly offer Dwight the max. If he refuses and wants to test the market, trade him. You can’t realistically choose a 34 yeard old superstar’s wishes over a 27 year old dominant big man. They would be admitting that trading Bynum was a mistake, but to then compound that by trading Howard? The Lakers are destined for the 8th seed and total destruction by Durant and Westbrook, whoever is in the lineup.

  • pposse

    simple solution…Fire D’Antoni!

  • pposse

    i just clicked on that link…that would be some sh*t if Dwight returns to Orlando!

  • yourdribbleizcookiez

    Oh, how the tables have turned, Dwight. Not so green on the other side of the fence anymore, is it? -Orlando Magic fan

  • Redd

    Wow, you’re actually right about Magic now having the pieces they need(with d12).

    Will be interesting.

  • Redd

    They won’t get any big time pieces if you ask me Pau I think is now at the point where nothing will keep him from wanting out(minus winning maybe).

  • Clems

    Dwight Howard is this Generations Kevin Willis …… Without Ewing, Robinson, Olujuwon, O’neal etc.. He77 Rik Smits would work him over…

  • Jackmerius Tacktheritrix

    That would be the smartest move they’ve made all season

  • Vince

    Who would’ve known the Lakers are so fun to follow when everything is falling apart.

  • dazzeling

    Watch this guy become the best journeymen bigs ever ;)

  • Ugh

    Once again he’ll be following in the footsteps of Shaq…

  • deception is the only felony

    lmao@ rent-a-center where do u come up with such names and i assume horry jr is kobe

  • deception is the only felony

    I can tell

  • Ugh

    They should trade D’Antoni for Dan Majerle.

  • deception is the only felony

    does the via ESPN.com make it official that this isn’t just a rumor?

  • deception is the only felony

    if this is imminent then there will be 1 coach that being Mike Brown and basically the Lakers’ whole offseason that being the signing of d12 down da drain

  • coyboo

    albeit financial considerations, a mcgee – howard trade may work for both teams

  • shockexchange

    How’d you guess?

  • shockexchange

    As long as he hasn’t signed, D12 controls his own destiny. If he re-signs with L.A. and they keep losing, then he will be traded to the team of L.A.’s choosing. If they would discard Shaq, Odom, Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time after winning chips with L.A., why wouldn’t they discard him also?

  • Pedestrian Nightmare

    Here we go AGAIN

  • Ansonpanson

    He’ll need to win a ‘chip first

  • shockexchange

    There’s no place like home …

  • Max

    To Seattle!

  • TheBigL

    Allright, so we alienate Pau just weeks before we trade Dwight? Just like we dissed Phil before we hired ‘Antoni. Men, and we thought Kobe was bad at this pretend-GM stuff a few years back.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hell yes!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    lol

  • Trout

    D12 coach assassin is lining up the shot

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i don’t fully agree

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hahahhahah yes!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hahaha

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    I’m sorry, healthy or not…. I’ve never seen d12 as “dominant’

  • Drose01

    Jim Buss is the worst thing that happened to the Lakers since ever

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Dwight and Kobe aren’t a great combination. Add in a coach with a system for young horses who can run and shoot. Not a recipe for success. I don’t blame Kobe at all for this. Dude’s been playing this way for 17 years. Who really expected him to change anything? Those comments from the other night he made about trying to get Dwight involved and looking like an idiot doing so confirmed it. It’s not his game. He’s going to shoot the ball. That’s what he wants to do. That’s what made him one of the greatest scorers in the history of basketball. You just better have guys around him who can get theirs without needing him. No one should have expected him to try to take care of Dwight on the floor. He doesn’t want to make sure Dwight gets his touches. He’s more willing to let Pau get his because Pau is a better offensive player and he’s much better at the free throw line. Kobe’s a smart dude. Same man who told Dwight last season that he could be his Tyson Chandler. Rebound, protect the rim, score on putbacks or occasional lobs…meaning he won’t be passing the ball to him all that much. Dwight strikes me as the kind of guy who wants to win but wants to do it his way. Same as Kobe. It’s just that their ways aren’t the same. At all. Steve Nash has to feel some kind of way about thinking he was going to have an opportunity to win a championship at his age and now might not even make the playoffs. Time is ticking on he and Kobe. Dwight knows he’s only 27. But if he gets traded again, people will stop seeing him as being so great. The best big man in basketball can’t keep changing teams. He better find a place, stay there and let other players come to him. He also better mature. No reason to let friggin Alan Anderson get under your skin in Toronto and leave your team out to dry before the 1st half is over.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    If I was Pau I would definitely leave the team, they’ve slighted him again and again and have dangled him as a trade piece for years.

  • King David

    everybody!

  • pposse

    from a PR standpt this a good move and most importantly from a bball standpt this is a good move too. This might gain Dwight favor with the world again

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    He also needs to get rid of that awful headband.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    If people think Dwight is dominant, they must not have watched Shaq much…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    The Lakers have hired two cartoonish coaches in a row. Mike Brown was never the right fit for this team, and D’Antoni hasn’t won sh*t outside of Phoenix (Denver, NY, and now LA). He also clearly refuses to adjust to his personnel.

    You know who the Lakers were actually winning under? Bernie Bickerstaff. #freeBickerstaff

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    If Adrian Woj isn’t reporting it (which I don’t believe he is), it is probably still just a rumor. Ken Berger, Adrian Woj are the peeps to go to for trade talk. The only writer on ESPN with credible sources/information is Marc Stein. Never believe anything Chris Broussard says.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    this is a great comment. But make some paragraphs bruh. you are like Slam.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Dwight and Shaq were both dominant. Dwight would never have been to the finals with Hedo Turkoglu as his best offensive teammate if he wasn’t dominant. Never forget that.

  • Redd

    Yeah and only thing that ever kept Pau was Kobe but that’s close to over I think. If Dwight wants back, the question is will the Magic be interested. All in all you’re right Magic is a legit destination.

    Congrats on not talking in 3rd person by the way.

  • Redd

    Why not? Nets & Magic are the best spots to go to, Magic more so because the market isn’t as hectic as Brooklyn.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I never understood why he decided to make that move. Looks ridiculous.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    lol I’ll take that advice.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    something about Wilt. Not even joking.

  • 23

    I think dwight+nash is a match made in heaven. But when you got a ball dominant SG its gonna be tough to get everyone involved. If everyone let Nash TRULY run the show, things would be quite different imo. But of course that ain’t gonna happen.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Is that what he said? I haven’t heard him explain it yet.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Kobe’s not changing. It’s tough for guys to play with him especially guys who also need the ball. He and Nash aren’t a great fit even though it looks good on paper and works well on PlayStation.

  • 23

    It’s tough to combine 2 ball dominant guards. But it can be done. Look at wade+lebron, then again kobes mindset isn’t gonna see that. But imo Kobe has earned/sacrificed himself enough to get the benefit of the doubt

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Dwight: “Wilt Chamberlain wore a headband and scored a 100 points. I’m motivated by those people (pointing to Lakers retired jerseys).”

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    LeBron and Wade both have more dimensions to their game than Kobe does at this point. LeBron’s ball dominance results in a good shot 9 times out of 10 for him or a teammate since his first instinct is still to pass. Kobe has tried to get Dwight involved. But it’s not him. Nash needs shooters around him, not a ball stopper. He looks uncomfortable just like Dwight and Pau. Kobe’s going to shoot in any system so he’s not really affected. The biggest thing that’s getting to him now is that they’re losing and he’s working harder on offense than he’s supposed to on a team with 4 star players.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    a lil iffy bout it

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    EXACTLY

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