Monday, February 4th, 2013 at 11:53 am  |  17 responses

Lakers GM: ‘We Will Not Trade Dwight Howard. We Have No Intention of Making a Trade’

It goes without saying that things haven’t exactly gone as planned in Laker Land so far this season, even getting to the point that many have speculated the team will trade Dwight Howard before he has the chance to walk this summer. Not gonna happen, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak told Newsday: “The rocky season started with coach Mike Brown’s firing after a 1-4 start. After a brief scenario of Phil Jackson rescuing the season, the Lakers turned to former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. But the losing continued, especially on the road, where the Lakers are 7-16. They play 18 of their remaining 34 games on the road, including Tuesday night against the Nets. ‘We’re very happy with Mike D’Antoni,’ Kupchak said. ‘I think when he took the job I think he thought Nash [fractured left leg] might be out a week or two. Not two months. Getting everybody on the same page took a little longer than expected. Not to say it’s been smooth sailing, that’s for sure.’ Asked about his remaining options to salvage this season, Kupchak said, ‘We will not make a trade. We will not trade Dwight Howard. We have no intention of making a trade. It’s unlikely that we’ll make any trade with any of our principal players. To make another change at this time of the year being behind the eight-ball like we are, I think that would just make it more difficult. The talent is there. We have to find our way.’ But there is no denying that the Lakers, who have a $100-million payroll and a tab of nearly $30 million in luxury tax, have been a huge disappointment.”

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    30 mil lux? thought it’d be more

  • spit hot fiyah

    this is usually what GMs say before trading players

  • david

    jim buss ran this team into the ground.

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    Never gets old

  • shockexchange

    Of course they have no intentions of trading him, he hasn’t re-signed yet. Secondly, who wants to rent a center for 40 or so games? Once D12 re-signs and L.A. keeps losing, he’s gone.

  • roscoe

    i agree. did you notice how he did not mention pau-thetic?

    i can’t imagine the ricky rubio “tweet” last week while dinning w/ Pau re: “MIN will take Pau if LAL does not use him right” made LAL mgmt happy.

    pau wants out, imo.

  • Joey E.

    theyre waiting til 2014
    if they make a move, it’ll be so minor. like Darius Morris for some other scrub or Ebanks for a 2nd round pick

    really minor stuff

    in the offseason, maybe amnesty pau, maybe not. but a bunch of cheap signings like Jamison

    they want to go after LeBron, but if they dont get him, they at least want options. as of now, only nash is signed in 2014. dwight could change this, but they’re going to have money to play with

  • TSmoove

    “We have no intention of making it past the first round.” Thats all I heard

  • D_B

    laker fans energized by what we’ve seen since kobe johnson took over. down to ride with this a bit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    whats funny is its not “Kobe johnson”…its just his best LeBron James impersonation…lol

  • LakeShow

    What do you mean? Look at his stats. Much more Magic like than Bron.

  • danpowers

    would be kinda funny and also would fit the picture, if they traded him tomorrow lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    I mean watch the games, lol. He’s not ALWAYS bringing the ball up, ala Magic Johnson, he’s bringing the ball up maybe 60% of the time, sharing those duties with the actual Point Guard on the team, passing well, rebounding well, scoring when needed, and is a wing, ala LeBron James, not a point guard.

  • LobCity

    No doubt they’d like to get rid of Pau but they don’t want to take back a contract that goes beyond next year. That makes a deal unlikely considering Pau makes so much and salaries would have to matc.

  • http://tinyurl.com/GoingtotheKnicksGame SpeedsterNYC

    So glad Dantoni isn’t coaching the Knicks anymore. SMH. Knickstape!!! http://tinyurl.com/GoingtotheKnicksGame

  • huami

    just what i was going to type in. haha

  • huami

    Magic’s stats, Lebron’s role.