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Jim Buss is a fool.
He believes that Dwight Howard will stay for next season. What reason does Howard have for remaining with a team that will not make the playoffs, doesn't have any picks, already has an elite center and will make him the second option?
None. Absolutely none.
Epic movies tend to have sequels, and Dwightmare II is coming out this summer.
Last year, Howard expressed that if he was traded to L.A, he would not resign the following year. He has not taken that statement back.
He has had multiple feuds with All-Time great Kobe Bryant, and takes away minutes from Pau Gasol. He surely does not want to share the paint with him.
Many think he is the Lakers' future, but he is not. That would be Earl Clark and Jordan Hill.
In return, Los Angeles can get a couple good, young players and maybe a solid veteran. It's a win-win situation.
Yes, Dwight is the best center in the NBA. But he is also an immature person. Friends and teammates describe him as a "big kid."
Not to mention his free throw stroke is absolutely horrendous.
The difference between him and the best free throw shooter, Kevin Martin is tremendous. D12 has missed a grand total out of 187, while he has made 189. He has been ejected twice this season, and is averaging 3.1 turnovers and 3.6 personal fouls per game.
It would be in L.A.'s best interest to trade him.
Unless of course, they pull off a massive winning streak and get into the playoffs.