NBA Trade Rumors: Magic Silly to Pursue Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard Deal
According to Yahoo! Sports NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Magic are interested in putting together a potential trade with the the Lakers that features all-star big man Andrew Bynum.
Although Bynum is coming off the best season of his career, one in which he averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game and made his first career all-star appearance, he is hardly the ideal piece to build around for Orlando.
Wojnarowski adds that the Lakers would have to throw in additional perks to make a potential Superman to LA deal happen:
"What’s more, Bynum wouldn’t nearly be enough to satisfy Hennigan’s desires for a return on Howard. The Lakers would need to send draft picks and absorb long-term money off the Magic’s payroll, sources said."
Even if the Magic can dump some of their lucrative contracts on LA in exchange for Bynum and a few other pieces, today's league is centered on having a dependable point guard to run the show, not a seven-footer who can go stretches without touching the ball or impacting the game.
Current Magic point guard Jameer Nelson declined his player option for next season and became a free agent last week, according to a report by The Orlando Sentinel.
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Nelson has played for the Magic his entire NBA career, but only averaged 11.9 points and 5.7 assists per game last season, and shot a career worst 42.7 percent from the field. At age 30, Nelson has reached his full potential, and is hardly worth bringing back next season if another team is willing to pay him significant money.
That's where Howard comes into the picture. If a team is willing to part ways with a few solid pieces, including a young and promising point guard (for example Houston's Kyle Lowry) in exchange for Howard, then the Magic should jump at the opportunity to improve their back court and eliminate a mighty distraction.
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