Even though the Los Angeles Lakers have made plenty of roster changes for the upcoming 2012-2013 season, they aren’t finished yet. The Lakers still want the ultimate prize of the free agency (who isn’t even a free agent).
The Lakers signed forwards Antawn Jamison and Jordan Hill earlier this week and have now entered discussions to secure a contract extension for Andrew Bynum. It would seem that the Lakers should be finished at this point. It doesn’t really make sense to offer Bynum an extension and negotiate for Howard. Why would they need two superstar centers?
For a while it seemed that the Lakers had joined the long list of NBA teams that have pulled out of a potential complex trade because it just go too difficult. There has been very little news about Howard in the last week after months of headlines. It seemed that he would have to go back to the Orlando Magic and that was going to be a very awkward and uncomfortable home opener in the fall.
However, it doesn’t seem that the signings of Jamison and Hill or the Bynum extension have altered the Lakers position in the Howard trade drama. They still want Howard and aren’t ready to quit.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told ESPNLosAngeles.com‘s Ramona Shelburne that, “Typically it slows down in August but the brakes are never on.”