The Los Angeles Lakers have had one of their worst seasons as a franchise this year and things don’t look like they are getting better anytime soon. The Lakers made two big moves this offseason, one was signing free agent point guard Steve Nash and the other was trading for center Dwight Howard. Howard is in the last year of his contract and didn’t sign an extension with Los Angeles when traded making him a free agent at the end of the season.
With the losing record and the chemistry issues the Lakers are having, there are rumors that Howard may be available for a trade. Reports have stated that there have been preliminary talks between the Lakers and their biggest rivals, the Boston Celtics. The move would bring Rajon Rondo to the Lakers, who is currently out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The Lakers would be able to finish the season with Nash as the point guard and then make room for Rondo starting the 2013-2014 season.
This move or any move would be good for the Lakers, as long as they get rid of Howard. The chemistry and the egos of Howard and Kobe Bryant don’t mix well together and something has to get done. Bryant has shown publicly that he does not enjoy playing alongside Howard and the All-Star center has shown at times that he doesn’t seem to be taking the game seriously enough.
Since Howard is set to be a free agent at the end of the season, the Lakers need to realize that there is a good chance that Howard won’t resign with the team. The season has been a complete bust and Howard most likely would want to go to a destination where there was less of a demanding player like Bryant is.
Howard currently has no incentive to sign an extension with the Lakers past this season and the Lakers need to cut ties with him right now. Howard is not worth the trouble for Los Angeles and they need to make a trade now before his value diminishes even more. There are plenty of teams around the league who would be willing to take Howard as he can still be the best center in the league if off court distractions go away.
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