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Does Magic Johnson want the Lakers to trade for Dwight Howard?

Jun 15, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

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I don’t know how many other ways to interpret a recent tweet from the legendary Laker point guard, which said that the “Lakers should think about calling the Orlando Magic.” (Johnson seems to have quickly deleted the tweet.)

Howard will be a free agent after this season, and after the Magic’s first-round exit despite some great play from Howard, who won his third consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award and had the best offensive season of his career, many believe he is not long for Orlando. The Lakers could offer Andrew Bynum, a great young center in his own right, in return, and Los Angeles would obviously be able to offer Howard both a huge market and a top-notch supporting cast. The Lakers defeated the Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals, with the key game in the series being decided when Derek Fisher hit a three-pointer to send Game 4 into overtime directly after Howard missed two free throws that could have iced the game for Orlando and tied the series at 2.

Still, neither the Lakers or the Magic appear to be itching to trade their centers right now, so these talks will probably stay dormant for a little while — which is probably why the Laker great deleted his tweet. After selling his ownership stake in the Lakers last October, Johnson is no longer officially affiliated with the team.


  1. randysavage4ever - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Why wouldnt he?…

    Why wouldnt anyone?

    Dwight Howard & Andrew Bynum should not be mentioned in the same sentence…Howard is a beast (literally). Bynum is great too, but he is no Dwight.

    Dwight Howard & Kobe Bryant on the same team would be ridiculous. Just hand them the trophy now.

  2. mytthor - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Straight across? Of course the Lakers do it in a second. But the Magic would be crazy. What else would the Lakers give up? Bynum is pretty damn close to Howard in everything except durability: they’re about equal in offensive game, Howard has improved but Bynum hitting 20% more of his free throws is 1-2 more points per game so it balances.

    Rebounding Howard has better numbers but he also doesn’t have 2 other all star rebounders to contend with – the Magic are built around Howard getting every rebound and it’s not as big a disparity as you’d think. Howard’s better defensively, but interior defense is not the Lakers’ problem. Backcourt/wing depth, shooting, and the PG position are the Lakers’ problems. You’d have to give up some assets from those very spots to get Howard, and you’d have to extend him and there’s no guarantee the new CBA will have a provision for extending your own player if you’re over the cap. I’m not even sure what those alleged assets would be for the Lakers. They’re not trading Kobe, Pau or Lamar, and no one’s taking Artest. That leaves dime-a-dozen guys like Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes.

    No one in Orlando thinks a Bynum-Barnes combo is better prospect than Dwight Howard.

  3. cosanostra71 - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    I would love for the Lakers to trade for Dwight Howard! But I don’t know if it’s at all possible

  4. goforthanddie - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    LA might not put together the best offer. I’m sure they can do better than Bynum.

  5. mistercharitystripe34 - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    If Dwight leaves, it’s not for L.A. It could be for the Nets, but I have a feeling Deron Williams would rather go to Orlando to play with Dwight. Apparently, Dwight doesn’t want to leave Orlando at all, but if they have another lackluster season, that could change.

  6. diablito0402 - Jun 16, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    LA, hollywood, no humidity, best weather in america, capital of entertainment oc the world and KOBE, hummmmm think about it. Or is there anything to think about.

    • goforthanddie - Jun 16, 2011 at 6:27 PM

      Yeah. Kobe’s falling apart, and the Lakers obviously aren’t the Lakers w/o him. What’s the point in tying your future to a Kobe who doesn’t have that much time left? Maybe Dwight wants to go somewhere with a brighter future.

      • cosanostra71 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:36 PM

        Lakers don’t really do the whole rebuilding thing though. Even aging, he’s still one of the top players in the league. Not to mention, the Lakers wouldn’t have to give up all three of their 7 footers, so there’d still be another outstanding big man to pair with Dwight. And the Lakers have so much money to spend and aren’t afraid to spend it either.

        I don’t think it’s a very possible scenario, and I don’t think it would make them odds-on favorites to win the title, but adding Dwight to the Lakers would definitely be a contending team. Even as Kobe ages and retires, the Lakers have the personnel in the front office that have proven they are capable of building championship caliber teams- something the Magic have not yet shown.

  7. jdebizwizard - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    His public statement about wanting to stay in Orlando sounds like an owner or GM saying “I have complete confidence in [player or coach name]. If you want to stay, you don’t have to say it. The better announcement would be that he is declining free agency to sign a long-term extension.

  8. fouldwimmerlaik - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    My Kobe Bryant Action Figure – Playoff Edition would be flying high again. I almost wet my Kobe Bryant pajamas when I heard about Magic’s tweet. If Kobe wants it to happen, it will.

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