Yesterday, news broke that the Lakers were “mulling” over the idea of trading Dwight Howard before the trade deadline in February. The reasoning? The Lakers are apparently slightly worried that he’s becoming unhappy under Mike D’Antoni and fear he could walk in the summer and leave Los Angeles without any assets.
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Chris Broussard said today that the Lakers’ crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers, have interest in Dwight and would trade DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe for him.
He also went onto say that it’s unlikely the Lakers make such a deal with the Clippers, as they’d be potentially making them better by pairing Howard with Chris Paul.
As I’ve said before, I would imagine the Lakers would fire D’Antoni before trading or losing an unhappy Howard. It’s a player’s league, and superstars such as Dwight are harder to come by than coaches such as D’Antoni.
Yes, the Lakers are already paying Mike Brown and would have to pay D’Antoni too, but Howard is a franchise player, and you need to do all you can to keep him on board.
Howard’s camp apparently made a push for the Lakers to hire Phil Jackson last year, so it will be interesting to see if Dwight’s people make such demands later in the year when it comes to signing a new contract.