Lakers Rumors: Up to Date Talk Surrounding LA

After months of marvelous thrills, devastating agony, stunning turnarounds and debilitating injuries, the Los Angeles Lakers' 2012-13 NBA season has come to a close.

The Lakers were swept out of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs, losing Game 4 by a score of 103-82. Dwight Howard was ejected, the home crowd walked out before it was over and the Lakers played without three starters and their top two reserves.

With a long offseason ahead of them, we must ask—where do we stand with the rumors in Los Angeles?

The Lakers ended this season in the same way they started it, losing consecutive games. While the Lakers managed to go 28-12 during their final 40 games, their slow start was paired with stunning injuries and thus held them down.

Perhaps most consistently of all, there were countless questions about whether or not the Lakers had found the proper head coach.

What can we say? Numbers Never Lie.

We can look back and say what went wrong, but it would be more productive to acknowledge what needs to change. After a season in which the Lakers began 17-25, there's no shortage of blame to be passed around.

So what does this mean for the future of some of L.A.'s brightest stars?


Dwight Howard's Future

The No. 1 question in all of Los Angeles is whether or not the Lakers will be able to re-sign center Dwight Howard. This became the topic of conversation immediately after the Lakers' season-ending loss, but D-12 stood his ground.

No offseason talk (per Dave McMenamin of

If D-12 won't say anything, we certainly will.

After such a disastrous season, it appears as if Howard has reason to leave Los Angeles. Outside of the poorly executed play on the court, there was an undeniable source of lackluster performance from the front office.

That has all led to Howard's recent run-...

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