As of this writing, they are under .500 for the season (22-26). They simply do not look like a championship contender (ranked 25th in points allowed per game).
In fact, if the playoffs began today, the Lakers wouldn't even have the Western Conference's No. 8 seed.
Howard, as well as power forward Pau Gasol, have found themselves in trade rumors. But will the Lakers ultimately trade one of them?
Here's an updated look of trade rumors surrounding the Lakers.