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If Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers are indeed destined to come together, it would be wise for Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith to possibly trade Howard to the Lakers before the season ends to ensure he gets something in return for the star center.
If Smith waits until this offseason, when Howard becomes a free agent, he risks losing Howard and not getting anything in return (think Cleveland in the summer of ’10).
While Smith and the rest of the city of Orlando would hate to lose Howard, the pieces they would get in return wouldn’t be too shabby.
At the very least, the Magic would likely be guaranteed to get a combination of two players from the Lakers’ talented frontcourt of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom.
If all of the hoopla is true, Smith needs to be savvy and trade Howard to prevent putting the franchise in a hole it may never crawl out of.