Why the Los Angeles Lakers Need to Acquire Dwight Howard

Alex FieldCorrespondent IIJuly 11, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against Dwight Howard #12 and Matt Barnes #22 of the Orlando Magic in the first quarter during the game on January 18, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 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 Harry How/Getty Images)
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The time is now for the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire Dwight Howard.

With the Nets inching closer to signing Brook Lopez, it is time for the Lake Show to swoop in and steal the show.

With a three-team trade on the horizon, the Lakers have the pieces in place to make a strategic gamble at Howard.

Whether it is a two- or three-team trade with the Magic, Los Angeles would acquire Howard and perhaps a bad contract, a la Jason Richardson or Hedo Turkoglu, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In a two-team trade, Bynum would most likely end up in Houston, as the Magic are looking to overhaul their roster, and allegedly do not want to count on Bynum to sign a long-term deal.

By only giving up Bynum and receiving Howard in return, the Lakers would be downright foolish to not explore the trade and make it happen in any way possible.

The Magic would receive the draft picks they are seeking, as Houston would most likely deal a surplus of draft picks, including a 2013 first-round pick from the Toronto Raptors.

Regardless of how the deal gets done, it’s time for Howard to don the purple and gold.

The trade would make sense for both Howard and the Lakers.

Howard would be thrown into a sensational situation, flanked by All-Stars in Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. With Howard occupying the paint and Bryant hoisting up jumpers, it would be quite the squad moving forward.

Furthermore, Howard would reign in endorsement money and would have his choice to re-sign after the season. Obviously, the Lakers would want his assurance regarding a long-term deal, but Howard would be idiotic to not want to be a Laker.

He would likely be entering the scene while Kobe is quietly making his ascent towards retirement. Regardless of how many points he may average, the reality is Bryant has played a lot of NBA minutes and his biological clock will catch up to him.

As he gets older, he will indeed pass the torch to Howard, who will choose his own destiny if he truly wants to reign over Los Angeles.

For the Lakers, they would be obtaining the most dominating defensive presence in the game. Teaming him with the other three aforementioned players would be a bonus.

Howard would definitely alleviate Nash’s burden when he has to go up against more athletic point guards and Gasol would not have to crash the boards as hard.

Bynum did perform at an extremely high level last season, and this should not discount him. But, last season was the first time he has averaged more than 30 minutes per game.

He has had a history of injuries and head-scratching decisions, and the Lakers should be willing to offer the same amount of money for Howard rather than Bynum.

Bynum may be younger, but with the team they have assembled, it’s obvious they are looking to win now, rather than searching for answers down the road.

It eventually will all come down to what the Magic will take in return for Howard, but this offer seems the most beneficial to Orlando in the future.

They will receive a number of draft picks in the proposed trade and by shedding cap space, they should essentially be able to hit the “reset” button on the Howard Era.

If they can dump Turkoglu and Richardson’s terrible contracts, they will be left with next to nothing on their books for the upcoming years.

If they can parlay their picks into some talented youngsters, they could proceed to improve in the Oklahoma City mold.

However, if they hang on to Howard and wait for an offer that isn’t coming, they will look foolish in the end.

Rather, they should accept the trade that is staring them in the face and ship Howard out of town.

The Nets talks are heading south, and the Lakers need to make a deal happen before their window closes.

Howard and Kobe on the same floor is enough to make opposing teams shudder, it is time to make this deal happen.