Lakers Trade Rumors: What They Should Offer for Dwight Howard

Charles Bennett@chasbennettonbrSenior Analyst IJuly 5, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic looks on against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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We know the following right now: The Magic want Andrew Bynum.  Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando.  The Lakers are going to get Steve Nash.  And Grant Hill may be next.

Therefore, the Lakers should offer the following for Dwight Howard: Andrew Bynum, Metta World Peace, Darius Johnson-Odom and a second-round draft pick.

It's not a total loss for the Magic.  They give up the best center in the league but get one of the five best centers in the league, a former Defensive Player of the Year and two prospects.  With the Dwight Howard operation fast turning into a fire sale, Orlando may not be able to do any better than that.

It's good for the Lakers in that they get the best center in the league, get a little more wiggle room salary-wise and don't have to give up Pau Gasol.

This is what the Lakers' depth chart could look like if they make this deal:

SF Grant Hill Christian Eyenga
PF Pau Gasol Josh McRoberts
C Dwight Howard Robert Sacre
SG Kobe Bryant Andrew Goudelock
PG Steve Nash Steve Blake

With Nash and Hill coming, and Steve Blake already under contract, the Lakers really don't need to have MWP or Johnson-Odom on their roster.  They do need to get more cap space to fill out their bench, though.

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