L.A. Lakers: How Wilson Chandler and Kobe Bryant Could Deliver Dwight Howard

Even with the NBA lockout in full swing, Lakers trade and free-agent speculation has been at an all-time high.

After a disappointing postseason and coming to grips with the difficult reality of Kobe Bryant actually being human, the Lakers have their work cut out for them.

When the lockout ends, the Lakers will consider a number of different possibilities that can improve the team, and will have to extensively explore every one of them.

The most prominent of all Lakers trade rumors remains the possibility of reeling in Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic.

Back in June, Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times wrote an article where he bluntly stated that the Lakers need to trade Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom for Howard and J.J. Redick.

While many see the upside of the aforementioned trade for the Magic, there is a real possibility that it may not be enough to pry Howard away from Orlando.

The Lakers have obviously considered this too, because they have explored other potential opportunities, like Monta Ellis.

Prior to the lockout, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported that Los Angeles and Golden State discussed a deal where they would exchange Shannon Brown and Lamar Odom for Ellis. Such a deal never came to fruition, forcing the Lakers' search for a premier missing piece to continue.

Since Los Angeles has clearly struggled through its attempt to land a proven star-caliber player to pair with Kobe, it may be time for the Lakers to venture on the unproven path and make a play, after the lockout of course, for Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler.

Chandler, who is a restricted free agent, spent time with both the Nuggets and New York Knicks last season, and showed promise with both teams. He averaged 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, while drawing comparisons to Carmelo Anthony.

What is most impressive about Chandler, though, is his versatility. He...

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