Dwight Howard: Breaking Down Top Trade Destinations for Lakers Big Man

Forget about the Pau Gasol NBA trade rumors, for now.

The spotlight has shifted to Los Angeles Lakers big man Dwight Howard, and rightfully so. According to ESPN.com, L.A. has reportedly discussed the possibility of making a move before the Feb. 21 trade deadline; although GM Mitch Kupchak said that no trade was “imminent.”

This completely changes the landscape of the NBA’s trade deadline and the dynamic of any potential Gasol trade. Could the Lakers take an approach that would find the team without both Gasol and Howard before the deadline?

That’s highly unlikely, but  not improbable, either.

Making a deal for Howard would border the “knee-jerk reaction” variety, but it could bring back a solid crop of talent and draft picks to build the Lakers. That’s important for an aging roster that may try to sign LeBron James in 2014 and is pondering what “life after Kobe” will look like.

There is also no guarantee that Howard, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, will re-sign with the Lakers after the drama and struggles of this season.

As for Howard in the near-term, it’s anyone’s guess at this point. He has the most potential of any paint player in the league due to his ability to dominate the boards and also get up and down the court.

If the Lakers are going to move him they are going to need a willing trade partner. Let’s take a look at some teams that may be willing to package some picks and talent in order to take a swing at corralling Howard’s vast potential.


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