Until now, the Los Angeles Lakers have turned away all trade offers for Dwight Howard, but the recent struggles and unrest in L.A. might have the Lakers wondering if they should trade their All-Star big man, according to ESPN:
The Los Angeles Lakers have consistently turned away trade inquiries in recent weeks for All-Star center Dwight Howard and still believe they have a strong chance of signing him to a new contract when Howard becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to sources close to the situation.
But sources told ESPN.com this week that the Lakers might be forced to reconsider that position between now and the Feb. 21 trade deadline because of Howard’s growing unhappiness with his role under coach Mike D’Antoni and the potential that raises for Howard leaving them in July without compensation.
Would the Lakers really choose Mike D’Antoni over Howard, though? I have a hard time seeing them doing that. You can find another coach, but you can’t find another Dwight Howard.
Before considering trading Dwight, I’m pretty sure that the team would look to switch up the coaching side of things to please their big man. Could they once again entertain the idea of bringing back Phil Jackson? Who knows, but as we posted earlier, Howard’s camp apparently made a push for P-Jax back in November.