Lakers Rumors: Trading for Dwight Howard Would Be Disastrous for Los Angeles

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJuly 22, 2012

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Dwight Howard wants to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers...maybe.

No wait, sorry, maybe it was the Brooklyn Nets. Maybe the Houston Rockets. Maybe he wants to stay with the Orlando Magic. Maybe he really wants to host his own talk show.

We really don't know what D-12 wants at this point. He's as indecisive as Carly Rae Jepsen when trying to get a guy to call her. In other words, he's a maybe, which is exactly why he is such a big risk.

With rumors that the Magic and Lakers are currently discussing a deal that would send Howard to Los Angeles, the Lakers must avoid the trade at all costs.

While Howard is the best center in the NBA right now, and a big three of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Superman would make the Lakers championship contenders, he isn't worth trading for.

The Lakers would have to give up a king's ransom if they are to bring Howard to Hollywood, since the Magic are waiting for an offer that will blow them away, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

Because Orlando has about seven months to trade him they are trying to get the best deal possible, and any trade made in the near future would need to have a huge, safe offer.

The other keyword in that sentence is safe.

The Magic shouldn't be interested in Andrew Bynum right now. He is a talented center who is at the end of his contract and probably wouldn't resign with the Magic. That would essentially put them in the same place as they are now.

If the Lakers can't do a sign-and-trade of Bynum they would have to surrender way too many assets to land Howard.

Lastly, even if the trade does go through there's no guarantee that Howard would stay.

Even though Broussard is reporting that Howard would resign with the Lakers and stay in Los Angeles, you can't forget that this is Dwight Howard that we're talking about. On July 19th Howard's agent said he would be a one-year rental for the Lakers.

Nothing is a guarantee unless it's on paper.

Just four months ago he decided that he wanted to stay in Orlando and opted to stay for the 2012-13 season. Now he wants out?

Who's to say that won't happen again in LA?

Howard has proven that he can either help or destroy a franchise. He is such an important player that he has a good amount of control over his team and management, but he changes his mind so frequently that he really isn't worth trading for.

If Howard really wants to play for the Lakers they can sign him in free agency. Bynum might leave, which would open up some cap space, and the Lakers would be willing to sign Howard to a multi-year contract in the summer.

Trading for Howard is a big risk unless the Lakers can swing a sign-and-trade deal. He's an incredible player, but no one is worth what they would have to give up for a season—not to mention all the headaches he comes with.

The smart move for the Lakers is to let Howard go for this season, and sign him during free agency if possible. They must avoid this trade unless the Magic somehow decide that one year with Bynum is enough.