The Lakers are coming after Dwight Howard
As expected, Magic star Dwight Howard’s name came up often after the
Lakers were swept out of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks.
A Lakers’ revival could take place quickly if they could trade for
Howard this summer or next season, according to some talking heads in
the ABC/ESPN studio and some writers with the L.A. Times.
It’s not a revelation.
Magic fans have been fearing such a scenario for a while.
What’s worse than the Magic’s season going bust?
The Lakers’ season going bust.
It means the Lakers — 15 years after stealing Shaquille O’Neal from
Orlando — are poised to try to swipe another superstar center from the
This what they do, historically speaking. (See Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain).
It’s only a matter of which big man the Lakers will offer the Magic
for Howard — Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum. Most likely it is Bynum,
considering Gasol is more of a power forward.
The only way they can get Howard, a 2012 free agent, is through a
trade. Like the Magic, the Lakers are mortgaged to the hilt, unable to
spend money because they are in salary-cap purgatory.