Four Days From NBA Trade Deadline: Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Care If Dwight Howard Is Traded

By Kaylyn Neely
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In four days, the NBA will hit the trade deadline.

The deadline marks the last chance for teams that are determined to make the playoffs to become real challengers for the NBA championship.

Once the deadline passes, the last stretch is pretty much set.

Despite the fact that they currently sit at 25-29, the Los Angeles Lakers continue to be the NBA’s most storied franchise.

The playoffs are just within reach for the Lakers. They’re four wins away from the 8 spot. However, the 8th seed will give them either the Oklahoma City Thunder or the San Antonio Spurs in the first round so to have any chance of seeing the second round, the Lakers need to fix something.

On Sunday, Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops spoke to Kobe Bryant about a possible Dwight Howard deal. Bryant told Sheridan, “I don’t know what they’re going to do. At this point, it doesn’t matter.”

Bryant continued, stating:

“Honestly I really don’t know what the heck is going on with that. and I can’t afford to. It’s a fine line for a player like myself to get involved in that situation, because now you become distracted of what exactly you need to do as a leader with the team you have assembled,” Bryant said. “So instead of wasting my energy thinking about what they might do or what might happen, I have to focus on the pieces that we have and how to reach every single one of them individually to bring out the best in them. If I don’t obsess about that, we can’t get nowhere.”

Although, general manager Mitch Kupchak maintains the position that there will be no trades in the Lakers future, several teams have expressed interest in making a deal for Howard.

With the a playoff spot so close, it will hard for the Lakers to turn down a fair offer. 

Howard remains bleak about his future in Los Angeles. The center told USA TODAY, that “Having fun on the court,” Howard said. “That makes me happy.”

When asked if he is having fun now, Howard replied, “Not at the present time, no,” he said. “Hopefully it gets better.”

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