The Los Angeles Lakers have consistently been a team associated with Dwight Howard trade rumors. The All-Star Orlando Magic center has mentioned that he wants to remain in Orlando, however he will not sign a two-year contract extension leading some to believe that he would leave the Magic if necessary.
The rumors of Howard to the Lakers have died down somewhat in recent weeks, although the talk was rekindled after LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke wrote a piece saying that Los Angeles should deal Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom to the Magic in exchange for the aforementioned Howard as well as J.J. Redick.
After pondering the deal proposed by Plaschke for the past two days, I have come to the conclusion that this trade would be an excellent boon to Los Angeles if it were to actually be put on the table by the Lakers and accepted by the Magic. The deal would give the Lakers a perennial All-Star center in Howard in addition to a three-point sharpshooter in Redick. As far as what Los Angeles would relinquish, the team would give up oft-injured center Andrew Bynum and the Lakers would become significantly younger by dealing the 31-year-old Odom.
This trade would look to be a win-win situation for the storied franchise, although Orlando could be hesitant to accept the trade offer as there would be much risk coming the Magic’s way. Will Andrew Bynum remain healthy? Will Lamar Odom continue his stellar production out in Florida, given his age? Is the trade worth sacrificing a player of Dwight Howard’s caliber and a young role player with decent potential as J.J. Redick?
Those are three of the many questions that Orlando Magic General Manager will have to review regarding this unofficial trade proposal and I believe the risk will not be worth the reward and Orlando will retain Howard and Redick and attempt to trade Howard in the future.
In order for Los Angeles to have a decent chance with this proposal, I believe the team would have to add in a few draft picks in order for Orlando to consider this unofficial offer.
Although no official proposal has been made as of this writing, the Dwight Howard trade rumors will certainly be an interesting topic to follow throughout the 2011 NBA offseason.