NBA Moves: Why a Lakers' Trade for the Magic's Dwight Howard Makes Sense

Spencer KierCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2011

Let’s face the facts. Barring an unforeseeable spell cast by the Orlando Magic, Dwight Howard will have a new name on the front of his jersey come the 2012-2013 season. 

Numerous reports have shown interest from both the L.A. Lakers' and Magic’s head offices regarding a trade featuring Andrew Bynum and Howard. Obviously, and understandably, the prospect of swapping bigs has drawn more notice from the Lakers, as they are the organization that has the most to gain from the potential blockbuster deal. The Magic may not want to give up their perennial all-star, but then again, they may not have a choice. 

There have been multiple, futile attempts to bring in a suitable supporting cast for “Superman.” The Vince Carter and Gilbert Arenas experiments have both failed miserably, and the resulting Magic’s roster is extremely point guard heavy and lacking a sidekick for the three time Defensive Player of the Year. 

That being said, in a situation where the Magic are being backed into a dark corner, a consolation prize in the form of Bynum might be enough to convince a move from their current superstar center to a new one. 

According to ESPN’s #NBArank, there are three centers currently better than the Lakers’ big  Bynum: Joakim Noah, Marc Gasol, and Dwight Howard.

Noah has been a cornerstone for the Bulls’ franchise for the past two seasons and compliments Derrick Rose well. Considering Gasol’s emergence in the playoffs this postseason, it’s safe to say that the Grizzlies will not be putting his name on the trading block anytime soon either. 

It seems that Andrew Bynum, combining the facts that he is both on the market and a top five center in the league, fits the bill. 





Bynum has star potential, experience, and, above all, he’s a winner. He’s a fresh 23-year old stud with two championships under his belt. Over the past four seasons, he has averaged 13.5 points, 58% shooting from the field, nine rebounds, and two blocks a game. All of this was done in an offense featuring two superstars and the best sixth man in the league. Given the opportunity to display his talents in a system that suits him, Bynum could easily become a perpetual second team All-NBA player. 

The Magic could also make this acquisition without sacrificing their current inside-outside, three-point shooting style of play. Bynum’s compilation of Howard-esque attributes, and payroll, fits the system dreamily. 

Howard is set to make about 18 million this season, while Bynum is on the books for 14.9 million. This would make the trade, at least under the previous collective bargaining agreement, a near perfect fit after the addition of another piece or two to the equation. 

My suggested trade: Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum for Chris Duhon, Dwight Howard, and cash considerations. I plugged in this trade on ESPN's Trade Machine, and the numbers fit. The Lakers get rid of the Hollywood-infatuated Odom and receive the second best player in the league and a solid point guard. The Magic receive a franchise centerpiece and a matchup nightmare. 

After looking at this prospective trade impartially, you can see that it makes sense for both clubs. So, what are we waiting for (besides the lockout, that is)?


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