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Rumor: Lakers tell one player he may be traded for Howard

Jul 6, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

Dwight Howard

Salt. Take this with salt.

But reporter Jackie Pepper not only said she heard the Lakers want to make an Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard sway, but also she put this on her personal blog.

The source says the Lakers have informed one player that he might be part of the package deal and that he could be traded at any moment.

You can guess all you want who it is, I think one of the bigs or Metta World Peace makes sense.

Two thoughts here.

First, the question really hasn’t been would the Lakers pull the trigger on a Howard deal, the questions were: 1) How healthy is his back following surgery (although over his career Howard has been healthier than Bynum)? 2) Will he sign an extension or agree to re-sign with the Lakers after this season? The Lakers are not in this for a rental.

All of which is to say, unless Howard has changed his mind it’s hard to see this deal going forward.

Second, giving a player a heads-up that he could be moved and have to take his live and family across the country is not uncommon. It’s usually done through an agent, manager or some other channel, just a heads up that it could be coming. If the Lakers did that with a name player it would not be a shock.

I still don’t see the Lakers as the most likely landing spot for Howard. But this is out there.

  1. lakerluver - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    @shockexchange, however you wanna slice it is fine with me, my friend. The bottom line is TEN (that’s 10!!) LARRY O’s SINCE 1979!! No other team in the NBA can make that claim!! And once Howard dons the PURPLE AND GOLD my beloved LAKERS will add 2 or 3 more titles before Kobe hangs em up. Damn, it feels good to be a LAKERS fan!!!!!

    • shockexchange - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      They should change this site to

  2. wjmoffatt - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Why would the Lakers make a move for Dwight? He won’t resign there, and why should he.
    Dwight has two really good options
    1.) Let the teams making a play for him this off season know through his agent very vocally he won’t resign with them, only with Brooklyn.
    2.) If he has to play it out in Orlando or goes somewhere for this year, he can just end up back in ATL his home town along side the best pick and roll pg out there for him, CP3 (who didn’t and won’t resign with the Clips).
    So again why LA throw it all away to go all in this season on a player that maybe even more disgruntled than Bynum to be in LA being the 3rd or 4th option on offense.

    • ch8878 - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      First off Howard said he wanted to go to Brooklyn before the Joe Johnson trade so who knows were Howard stands now.

      Also keep in mind Bynum is a free agent next year just like Howard and he seems to say hes leaving LA next year.

      So with Bynum and Howard becoming free agents next year to me this is a no brainer move the guys for each other and both teams then try to resign them.

    • 1historian - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:44 AM

      3rd option – grow up

  3. kwaartz - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    None of you are looking at this in reality. The lakers have to trade for Dwight now. they told Bynum that he may be traded. We all saw how Odom reacted n bynum is much more of a baby so they just screwed his whole mindset up. The Lakers already said no Pao after the Nash signing. Including him with bynum is idiotic that will NEVER happen. Id much rather have Bynum that this flip flopper. If u cant make up ur mind if u want to be a part of the most storied franchise than you dont want to be great period. Sucks they now paiinted themselves in a corner. I dont want howard

  4. 49erminer4life - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Howard doesnt want to sign with LA since his convo with kobe. If he does bynums pissed and you have the same situation. Trade him to Ny Lopez doesnt seem to be to worried where he lands.

  5. sotehpr - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    I would trade.D12, Hedo and Nelson to the Thunder, for Harden Perkins and Westbrook then would move jrich and if i couldnt i would move jj or both for a young SF

    • jkennedy1970 - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      I guess thats why you’re not a NBA GM…..

  6. proballerslounge - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

  7. wfon1 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    both players are not loyal and will sign anywhere they want. both are injury prone. Neither are guaranteed and will not sign an extension. Lesser of the 2 evils: bad back or bad knees? immature issues or immature issues that bring showtime/entertainment in the building. it is tough. as a Laker fan, Im torn.

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