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Lot’s of Lakers news and rumors around today…so, where do I start?
Apparently, the Brooklyn Nets want to make another run at Dwight Howard, and they were planning to do so by trying to pry Kevin Love away from the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Real GM:
According to sources, King was planning to contact the Minnesota Timberwolves in order to gauge their interest in a three-team trade that would send Kevin Love to the Lakers, Brook Lopez to the Timberwolves and Dwight Howard to the Nets. Other small pieces would need to be included, but the proposed trade was thought to be intriguing enough to start conversations in the Lakers front office that would force them to deal with Howard earlier than planned.
Should Lakers fans be worried about this rumor? Probably not, seeing as Love is out with injury for the rest of the year. Also, take into consideration that – according to the report – this scenario was never offered to the Timberwolves.
Why would Minnesota trade the best power forward in the league for Brook Lopez, a guy who can’t rebound the ball, is almost always injured and has a horrible contract? Sure, Love has been injured this year, but that doesn’t mean he’s injury prone. Kevin is still young and will bounce back next season.
Of course, Love may be somewhat unhappy right now in Minnsota, but trading him for Lopez doesn’t make sense. They weren’t even offered this deal. Billy King apparently thought up this trade and didn’t even gauge the Timberwolves’ interest, so it can hardly be taken seriously.
Let me also be clear that Dwight Howard is the best center in the NBA. It’s not up for debate. He’s not playing like it right now – some of it may be down to his discomfort in the system – though next year, he should be back to his normal self. He’s still recovering from that off-season back surgery. He wasn’t even meant to be back until January.
Howard has shown that he can still be a dominant force in the league, but we’re not seeing it as often right now for whatever reason. He’ll return to form at some point, even if it is next season.
The Lakers will also have the upper-hand in the off-season when it comes to retaining Dwight. He’ll lose out on about $30 million if he tries to leave and go elsewhere, so trading him in fear of him leaving doesn’t make sense.
In short – even if the Timberwolves did agree to such a move – there’s no way that the Lakers get better by trading for Love, at least defensively. Love can rebound, but he’s no defensive stopper. The reason we traded for Dwight was for his defense – that’s what we were lacking with Bynum – and it will return consistently within time.