Last week, rumors began to escalate about a possible trade between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers that would center on a sign-and-trade deal involving Dwight Howard switching locker rooms and going to the Clippers in exchange for Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe. This would be a great trade for both sides — more so for the Lakers, who need to get younger, especially in the backcourt.
Who would be a better fit for the Lakers here on out: Howard or Griffin? It really is a toss-up and arguments could be made for both players, but at this juncture, Griffin would be a better fit for the organization. The Lakers should be applauded for trying out Howard last season, but it was quite evident that after about 20 games the experiment was not going to work out. Howard is far too great of a personality to put on a team that already has Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash. Each guy will go into the Hall of Fame one day, but they need the ball in their hands to be effective. Nash is probably the one guy who doesn’t need it as much as the others. Griffin is more of a team player than Howard and seems to be much more focused on winning. Howard seems keener on finding his next endorsement or acting contract.
This trade will probably never happen as it is probably too complex of a deal to make; but if it were to happen, this would be a much better move for the Lakers.
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