After months of painful Los Angeles Lakers losses, one thing is certain. The Lakers are just not that good. They have nobody coming off the bench scoring any impacting points, they don’t know what defense is and Kobe Bryant can’t shoot every shot (although it would be awesome to see him try). One of the biggest problems this season is Dwight Howard and his failure to mesh playing next to Bryant and Pau Gasol. The team just doesn’t fit and they have had more than enough time to try. This has brought on the “trade Howard” talks throughout the league.
If the Lakers try to deal Howard, something tells me it’s going to be a sign and trade type of deal, so the new team doesn’t have to deal with signing Howard to a long term deal. However, if he stays or is dealt as is, he needs to start fresh and there is no better way to do that than signing with a new team in a new city. The deal to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle is all but done and they will become the Seattle SuperSonics. Signing a player like Howard would immediately put the new Sonics in contention.
Howard would once again be the center of attention and fans of the team would love to see the biggest basketball star since Shawn Kemp come to their city. People would worship the very ground he walked on and Howard would be a huge celebrity in the city. Things could get back to the way he likes it when he led the Orlando Magic to the NBA finals in 2009.
The 6’11 center has averaged over 18 points and 13 bounds during the course of his decorated career and he is still young enough (27) to start over with a new team. The Sonics will already have enough fans when they start out, but adding Howard makes them to sell out every game. The Kings are not very good right now, but bringing in Howard would allow them to sign other big named free agents and the team would be good right away. Big money would get Howard interested, after that, it would just take a quick signature and the rest will be history.
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