Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Lakers Must Try to Pair D12 with CP3

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIDecember 11, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic blocks the shot by Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter during the game on January 18, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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As quickly as the excitement rose in Los Angeles after the news of a trade for Chris Paul, it vanished with the news that David Stern had rejected the proposed three-team trade.

Yesterday, the Lakers, Rockets and Hornets all attempted to re-work the trade in order to get it approved by the NBA commissioner.

Reports started popping up yesterday afternoon that a deal had been resubmitted that could send Paul to the Lakers.

However, that may not have been the biggest news out of Los Angeles this weekend.

After news that initial trade for Paul had been rejected, the L.A. Times reported that the Lakers reached out to Orlando.

The team received permission to contact the agent of Dwight Howard to try to work out a deal. The report also stated they were one of three teams given that permission.

A big-time threat like Chris Paul at point guard may be the bigger need in Los Angeles, but the addition of Dwight Howard would make just as big of an impact.

Better yet, the possibility that all three could be on the court together come Christmas Day is an idea that should get everybody in L.A. excited.

Getting both Paul and Howard in the city may be extremely difficult, but it can be worked out.

Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom were both pieces of the initial trade that was rejected by David Stern and the NBA.

If the Lakers are able to acquire Paul, it can be assumed that Odom and Gasol are still a part of the equation.

Considering this, the team really only has one remaining piece to offer to Orlando for Howard.

Andrew Bynum will not be enough to get the Magic to bite on an offer. Chances are the Lakers will have to accompany draft picks with the center to have any shot at getting Howard.

If this second trade for Paul falls through, then the Lakers need to go all-in on Howard.

The team would then have Gasol and Odom as leverage as well.

There is no way that this team can go through this offseason without bringing in one of the two stars.

Hopefully they are able to bring in both.