It is rumored that Dwight Howard will become a Los Angeles Laker. The countdown to the end of the Howard saga is on. Again. If this complex and drawn-out trade does occur, will the Lakers cement themselves a place in the 2012-2013 NBA finals?
Howard is the final touch to the most competitive line-up in the NBA. If the most important decision of the free agency period ends up in the Lakers favor, they are almost positively going to dominant all the way to the finals.
According to RealGM.com’s Jarrod Rudolph, The Lakers want Howard regardless of if he will sign a contract extension. If he doesn’t agree to an extension, he becomes a free agent at the end of next season. The Lakers going further to acquire Howard then any team has gone thus far. All of thier work could be for only one season. The Lakers are the biggest ring chasers in the game right now and are showing it by their pursuit of Howard.
If the Lakers do the impossible and sign Dwight Howard, it means Andrew Bynum is out. Leading to a “big four,” made up of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and the freshly signed Steve Nash. Matching current champs the Miami Heat, who have acquired a “big four” of their own with Ray Allen jointing Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. Howard is the best big man in the league right now. To compete with the Heat, the Lakers need him.
The Lakers were a top team even without Howard and Nash. However, when it is Gasol, Kobe and Bynum, it is clear that Kobe doesn’t trust his teammates. Kobe is a man who once score 40 plus points in a game without a single assist. It’s harder to not get an assist then to get one when you play the type of minutes Kobe does. You would think he would get an asset by mistake or chance but no. Derek Fisher, Shaq and Metta World Peace are the only guys that it seems Kobe has trusted in his long list of teammates over 16 seasons. With Howard (in theory) and Nash added to the roster, the dynamic of the Lakers will change. The Lakers games will no longer be the Kobe Bryant Show. They will arguably the most elite starting lineup in the NBA and will be almost a given to take the Western conference.