As everyone in the sports world knows, the Los Angeles Lakers got absolutely demolished in the second round by the Dallas Mavericks. It doesn't help that the beat down put on the Lakers in Game 4 was one of the most brutal in recent memory. The Mavs were clicking on all cylinders and it was not pretty.
Pau looked soft, Bynum looked immature and the rest of the team looked old. It just wasn't working. Most people believed that no matter what, this was this Lakers team's last chance at a title. At this point, changes need to be made.
One rumor that has been swirling is a Bynum for Howard swap. Dwight Howard has spent his entire career with the Magic, but it's looking more and more like he is gone in 2012. Before this leads to a messy and potentially dangerous Carmelo Anthony situation, it would be in the Magic's best interest to trade Howard away and start working towards rebuilding their team.
The Magic have seen moderate success over the past few years, but with the talent they have on the roster right now, it's unlikely they will be able to make a deep playoff run in the near future. If their star is a threat to leave, may be time for the Magic to move on.
All in all, I think something like Bynum and Odom for Howard and Chris Duhon might make sense. L.A. is craving a star to play alongside Kobe and Pau, but Bynum just isn't there yet. L.A. needs a long term answer to their problems, and no one fits the bill better than Howard.
This swap may not be the perfect deal for Orlando, but they are probably going to have to move him, and preferably without distracting the players.
If the Lakers get Howard, it also becomes even more important for the Lakers to obtain a respectable point guard. Derek Fisher is no longer reliable, and Steve Blake is just terrible. If the Lakers can make a deal for a solid point guard, they will once again compete for a championship.
Look out Mavs. Sometimes, revenge is the best medicine.
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