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Just to reiterate, Lakers GM Kupchak says he’s not trading Howard

Feb 20, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

Dwight Howard AP

UPDATE 1:17 pm: Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak went on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles and said the same thing again — Dwight Howard and Pau Gaol will not be traded at the deadline.

He said the Lakers have a two-year title window right now — this and next season — and they plan on having Howard and Kobe Bryant back next season together.  He said Gasol would not be traded “today or tomorrow” so take that as the summer window is still open. It sounds like the Lakers will make a run at it next season with this group, then we’ll see.

10:37 am: The “Lakers are going to trade Dwight Howard” rumors will not die.

Despite Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak flatly denying it every time it is mentioned. Despite Kupchak directly telling Howard he would not trade him. Despite other teams from around the league saying if you call about Howard the Lakers basically hang up on you.

Despite all evidence, people keep thinking the Lakers will move Howard. Some sports television networks seem to want to keep it alive. Dwight Howard’s own camp may want to keep it alive. It’s moot.

Let’s let Lakers.com and Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell say it again.

You keep seeing the trade talk and you see things like the rumor in the New York Post yesterday and you think, “Somebody is working hard to get Howard out of Los Angeles.” My question: Is that person someone in Howard’s camp?

Regardless, the Lakers plan to try and keep Howard this summer. They will offer him a max extension. If he is going to leave the franchise (he can as a free agent this summer), they are going to make him look like the bad guy in doing it. He is going to have to walk away from the franchise of Wilt, Kareem, Mikan and Shaq. He will walk away from the challenge. He will have to take the hit to his image and legacy. Los Angeles is not going to make it easy for him.

  1. jjpt4540 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Just to reiterate no on cares. Tired of hearing about cry baby Howard every day.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      and you still click on the story and read.

  2. kvvvv2391 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    They need to pull the trigger on a Howard trade. He doesn’t fit D’Antonio’s system and he can’t/won’t fit well with Kobe who is going to play at least another 2 or 3 years. He lacks a killer/champion attitude. He needs to go somewhere that he can be the star, score lots of points, get his ego stroked but with no pressure of actually having to win.

    • zacksdad - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      My predictions.

      Howard will not be traded. What trade would help the Lakers? Howard will become a beast next year after giving more time for his back and shoulder to heal.

      Kobe will stay with the Lakers. He will play another three years with them after this contract expires. He will sign for a lot less money to help them sign other players. This will show his commitment to win at all costs, even to a cost of millions of dollars in contract money. But he makes much more money in sponsors when he wins titles.

      Mike D’Antoni will be let go this summer. Either Jimmie will eat crow and hire Phil back or they go get Jerry Sloan. Jimmie needs to fix his image now that his dad has passed away. He needs to learn to listen to Mitch more now and let him be the true GM he can be.

      The Lakers are proud franchise and they will continue their winning ways. They do not do that by making many stupid moves. But when they do make bad moves, they try to fix them. Trading for Howard was not a stupid move, look at Bynum now and ask who you would rather have.

  3. shaner329 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Rumors about him being traded don’t die because news sources like PBT keep reporting the rumors.

    But thank you for the daily update on Howard’s trade situation

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      Says the guy who clicked on and commented on the story.

  4. bparmalee - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    As a none Lakers fan I think it’s a great idea to keep a guy that’s most likely going to walk in the off season instead of trading him for assets… though Lakers fans may feel differently. So hold your ground Kupchak!!!

  5. kingbeason52 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Translation: We need more dumba$$ stories to write about, because there could be nothing else more notable, 24 hours before the trade deadline than 3-4 stories about how Dwight WONT be traded..nice..

  6. bucrightoff - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Translation: The offers we’re getting suck, someone needs to step it up or we may have to keep this loser.

  7. HotHotHeat - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    If Howard resigns with the Lakers does Kobe asked to be traded? Why do I have a feeling Kobe ends up with the Clippers after all is said and done. And the Lakers knew exactly what they were getting with Howard after the Orlando Magic ordeal.

    • tomtravis76 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Kobe to Brooklyn and Lebron joins him after next season.

      • southbeachtalent - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        When’s Durant a free agent?

  8. doubledown44 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    “Despite all evidence, people keep thinking the Lakers will move Howard. Some sports television networks seem to want to keep it alive.”

    And some websites seem to want to keep writing about it.

  9. kb2408 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Dwight is mentally soft, so it would not surprise if he leaves L.A. “Having fun” is more important than playing for the best franchise in the NBA.

    • dannymac17 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Then they will be the best franchise not to make the playoffs with a 100+ million dollar payroll.

  10. kvvvv2391 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Okay GrandPa I’ll bite. Which “stereotype of not just Black athletes but Black people in general” are you referring to. Explian your point.

  11. southbeachtalent - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    What part of Dwight being black contributes to his disposition? The same could be said about men, young men etc.. Same could be said about every single race, including whites. Just look at Sandy Hook, The batman movie massacre, etc.. Your comment is way off base and downright ridiculous, one can only hope you’re trolling.

    You have deep rooted issues. Get over it, ignorance isn’t always bliss.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      The comment you and others here responded to was removed.

  12. chicagofan - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    What does his race have to do with anything? He is immature and acting like it. I would argue this behavior has to do with his pampered upbringing as a superstar athlete as a child and now as an adult. I don’t like him in general but I suspect he has not recovered enough from his back surgery to play at his previous level and should have been mature enough to delay his return. It is dumb to suggest that race has anything to do with this.

  13. drex1 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    What a stupid f***#*n comment.. if he was white would the same apply to the white race?
    Idiot

  14. baned0n - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Ok, Howard is a tool, and I’m all for him looking like a jackass…. but how exactly is him wanting to go somewhere other than LA “walking away from a challenge”? It’s freaking LA. They get top free agents, they’ve got titles galore… This years struggles aside, LA seems like one of the least challenging places to attempt to win a title at. The Nets would be much more of a challenge.

  15. BigBeachBall - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    nobody is buying the D12 noise… everybody knows now what the deeper problem(s) were… the franchise has been stalled over the health of El Jefe….RIP… nobody was saying anything because the family kept it secret.. not even Mitch Kupcheck was kept in the loop…

  16. fanofevilempire - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    I was unaware that you could break down the stereo type of black people based on a Basketball Player.
    I was just wondering how you chose Dwight Howard and Not Bill Russell for your research.

  17. sdemp - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I don’t believe he is using D. Howard to stereotype all black people, at least I hope not. I believe he is saying that the stereotype of black people (not just athletes) is that they have a “clown” attitude, constantly bicker, and always are looking for excuses. Now whether you believe that to be true or not is your opinion and really doesn’t matter because stereotypes are for the ignorant.

    We all can agree, it was a pretty stupid comment and regardless if D. Howard was/is black or white his attitude sucks.

    White people can’t dance.

  18. gotchangeforadollar - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    What the hell does him being black have to do with anything? Kobe’s black. Kevin Durant’s black. Most NBA players are black. Why are you attaching race to someone’s demeanor instead of their age or maturity?

  19. chargerdillon - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    For the last 2 years all of the talk has been about where Howard is going and very little about what Howard is actually producing in professional basketball.

    At some point the hype has to meet the expectations and he has done nothing but disappoint EVERYBODY.

    I get the impresion that his career is really already over due to injuries and he’s doing his best to leverage what health he has left into another big contract before he’s done.

    The eyeball test tells me mentally he’s already checked out, and with how he played earlier in his career i have to believe he checked out because physically he’s lost what he is.

    It’s like when a football player is the slightest big hesitant because he’s had an injury and no longer has his suicidal-like confidence it taking/giving shots.

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      He’s averaging 16 PPG on 58% shooting, 12 RPG, 2 BPG and 1 SPG and has played in 48 of 54 games. Please tell me more about how his career is over due to injuries.

      • zacksdad - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        You left out that he had major surgery on his back just 10 months ago to the day. And he is playing with a injured shoulder on his shooting arm. And finally he is playing for Mike D’Antoni that does not like post players.

        With that he is still probably one of the top 2 or 3 centers this year. Wait till next year when he feels better and has a coach that will utilize his skills.

      • cosanostra71 - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        Players don’t average those numbers if their career is “over”.

  20. frankiebooboo - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Awww… Let me guess…
    Your wife just dumped you for a black guy.
    You should find another site to post your anti- black people comments.

  21. chitownmatt - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Can someone explain to me what value Howard has right now?

    Because of his current injuries he has no value to a team trying to make a push this year. So the “Rent-a-Dwight” thing is out.

    And, I certainly cannot imagine any GM in the NBA thinking that if they sign trade for him now, that it will make a single iota of difference to him when he decides where to sign this summer.

    So again, I ask, what value does Dwight D12 Howard have to anyone right now???

  22. mazblast - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    “So again, I ask, what value does Dwight D12 Howard have to anyone right now???”

    I’ll ask the follow-up question–What value does Dwight Howard (or DH, or D12, or whatever stupid nickname) have to anyone going forward?

    –Back problems may ease but rarely go away
    –Little or no offensive game beyond being tall
    –Tentative on defense, due to the back and due to being butt-sore about…something or other
    –Can’t be counted on late in games, mostly due to execrable free throw shooting
    –Doesn’t appear interested in listening to coaches or teammates
    –He’s what, 28? Isn’t it time we stop talking about his “potential”?

    Don’t get me wrong, he’s hardly the only thing wrong with the Lakers this year. My point is that he’s hardly the answer, for the Lakers or anyone else.

  23. kanemoney - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I feel bad

    I clicked the story. I read. I commented. I really shouldn’t encourage non-articles like this…

  24. spthegr8 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    @Team
    I don’t know if it was a “strong comment”???? But it was definitely the most IGNORANT I’ve seen since posting on this site!!!

  25. kb2408 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    @dannymac17
    10 titles since 1979 is unparalleled in the NBA and maybe in all sports. The only team that “might” have won as much in that same span is the Yankees. But I’m not sure. Whether you acknowledge it or not, the Lakers are the best franchise in the NBA by far. And please don’t mention the Celtics. I’m not talking about the 50′s and 60′s.

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