The common belief around the league is that it’s not if but when the LA Lakers will pull the trigger and trade for Dwight Howard. But exactly what they would have to give up remains a mystery other than Andrew Bynum would have to be included in any deal.
The has been talk that to get the deal done, the Lakers would have to trade Bynum and Paul Gasol to the Magic. But that is way too much according to Jim Buss who told T.J. Simers of the LA Times exactly that.
“Where does this stuff come from?” Buss said. “You’d have to be kind of silly to give up two All-Stars like that for Howard. Zero truth to it. We have never been asked for Andrew and Pau and we’ve never offered them. I think they know we’d either say no or they would sound crazy for asking … I personally believe now that we have the team that we will be playing with all season long.”
Well, there you have it. And you can’t blame Buss either because the pressure is on Orlando to get something for Howard before he leaves in the offseason and the team gets nothing in return. Plus, this Lakers team probably won’t be as bad as many have expected.
They lost a heart breaker on opening day to an elite Chicago Bulls team after leading most of the way without Bynum and with Kobe Bryant playing with a bad shooting hand.
The Lakers can be a good team as made up but to be championship contenders, they need another superstar like Howard. But they cannot overpay to get him either and that is something Buss and Co. won’t do.