Sources confirm @JRudolphSports report that Dwight Howard is ready to join Lakers. If traded to LA DH will re-sign long-term with team— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 19, 2012
This happened hours before Howard's agent said the big man would test free agency regardless of where he was traded to, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Just another example of Howard's classic flip-flopping. Just another reason why you can't trust the big man.
Here are three reasons why the Lakers must be cautious to land Howard via trade.
Howard could leave in 2013
Imagine Howard leaving Los Angeles for Brooklyn next year. What would that do to the Lakers' franchise?
In order to get Howard, 24-year-old center Andrew Bynum will most likely be moved. He, a 7'0" center with amazing upside, would be traded for one year of Howard.
Not a deal I would be happy with.
Bynum and Gasol provide one of the best frontcourt tandems in the NBA. Imagine Bynum being traded and Howard leaving in 2013.
Gasol would be the only one remaining.
This team can win a championship
Adding Steve Nash and Antawn Jamison in the offseason were not just good moves for Los Angeles, they were great.
The Lakers grabbed a Hall of Fame point guard with a pass-first mold. He's a guy who has been around the block and is extremely hungry to win a championship.
Jamison is perfect coming off the bench. He's a former Sixth Man of the Year award winner. On a terrible Cleveland Cavaliers team, Jamison averaged 17 points per game last year; he averages 19 points per game in his career.
Los Angeles has been searching for a Lamar Odom-type of player to come off the bench, and they have found someone similar in Jamison.
This team, led by Bryant, is capable of winning a championship—especially with two talented 7'0" big men down low.
Lakers could just wait until 2013 free agency
Howard has proven to give franchises headaches. One day, he's fully committed to the team he's on, and the next day he wants a change.
Not even Howard knows what he truly wants for his future. And he seems ready to take this fiasco to 2013 free agency.
Why not wait? Why not wait until Howard finally realizes exactly where he wants to spend the next several years? If he really wants to be in the spotlight and on a great team, the Lakers provide those options.
If it is meant to be, it will happen in 2013. There is no need to rush something when you can't trust Howard. He could ruin another franchise if the Lakers open their arms to the big man.