Dwight Howard is an obvious choice to pair up with Deron Williams.
For a strong point guard like Williams, who often likes to break down opponents' defenses, playing alongside Howard would present a perfect opportunity to drop off a pass when a double team converges.
At the same time, playing with Howard would keep defenses honest and would not allow the opposing big man to come over from the weak side for the fear of leaving Howard open for an easy lay-in or a rim-rocking slam.
While there is already talk of Howard bolting from Orlando—ala Shaquille O’Neal in 1996—Howard has been keeping mum about his plans to exercise his early termination option after next season.
“Yeah, I am annoyed,” says Howard. “I can't sign a contract this year. I can't sign anywhere this summer, so why keep bringing it up?"Howard said on Feb. 9 to reporters after practice. "Why are people talking about me going any other place right now? Right now is about this season. It's not about L.A., New York or whatever. I'm really tired of it. I don't wanna be talking about where I'm gonna be playing basketball next or people in Orlando asking me ‘Are you going to leave us?'"
During the summer of 1996, O’Neal bolted Orlando for the bright lights of Los Angeles and the purple and gold of the Laker.
Orlando fans are probably biting their nails when they hear all the talk about Howard possibly opting out of his contract after next season and bolting for LA.
Howard, however, might not be making that cross country trip after all.
I’d imagine that in a year or two Kobe Bryant’s body will finally betray him.
At 32, Bryant has played roughly the same amount of games as the 35-year old Ray Allen.
Add on top of that all of the playoff games that Bryant has played over his career and you get a player that is due to breakdown any moment now.
By then, the Lakers will most likely be in a quasi-rebuilding mode, which means that the Lakers will be competitive, but they won’t be close to competing for the NBA crown.
I highly doubt that Howard would want to play on a team with an ancient Kobe and two big men that would compete for his minutes: Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
The Nets are rebuilding now, and as much as I like Brook Lopez, the addition of Howard would virtuallypropel the Nets into the stratosphere of the Eastern Conference.
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