Lakers Rumors: LA Must Avoid Dwight Howard If They Are to Restore Dynasty

The Los Angeles Lakers must avoid trading for disgruntled Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard if they are to restore their dynasty, which accounted for five NBA championships from 2000 to 2010. 

According to FOX Sports NBA writer Sam Amico via Twitter, a potential trade sending Howard to LA is still alive:

Source familiar with Lakers-Cavs-Magic talks says potential trade not dead, but in holding pattern. Teams seem to ...…

— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 23, 2012  

Don't remind me that Howard averaged 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds per game last season on a Magic team that lacked an assisting superstar. Sure, the numbers are great and at age 26 the future and possibilities for the one they call Superman seem endless. But in reality, Howard is coming off back surgery and a drama-filled year that has turned him from lovable star to just another spoiled athlete.

The fact of the matter is that L.A. can win now, with what they have. The acquisition of two-time MVP Steve Nash during free agency instantly boosted the Lakers' hopes of winning the Western Conference and challenging for the Larry O'Brien Trophy in 2012-13. Nash will milk even more production out of Andrew Bynum and do wonders for Pau Gasol's game.

Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game last season and earned his first All-Star appearance. At age 24, the Lakers would be fools to trade away Bynum for a more marketable star in Howard. After all, Bynum blocked just as many shots as Howard did a year ago, and played significant minutes (21 minutes on average) during both of L.A.'s most recent championship runs in 2009 and 2010.

Meanwhile Gasol averaged 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game last regular season, giving them a second interior option to pair with the younger Bynum. Now that Nash has arrived, expect Gasol to get more involved offensively and become a m...

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