Lakers Trade Rumors: Dwight Howard Would Vault Los Angeles to Top of West

Dwight Howard's trade saga seems never to end. At this point there are only two plausible options.

The Brooklyn Nets' interest has been gauged for a long time, but the Magic have wisely staved off their pleas.

Howard wants to go to Brooklyn, but Rob Hennigan and the Magic brass know the Nets do not have the parts necessary to make a deal. According to, the Nets would like to send Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries and three first-round picks.

That's a ludicrous offering.

There's only one deal that would benefit both sides, and according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, it remains a distinct possibility:

As the Orlando Magic work to unload superstar Dwight Howard, management is becoming increasingly focused on a potential trade package centered on Los Angeles Lakers All-Star center Andrew Bynum, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

This move would help the Magic, but forget them for right now. Bynum would keep them in the Eastern Conference hunt, but the rest of that team isn't going to be ready to win now.

The Lakers are the opposite story.

Moving the 24-year-old Bynum may hurt them down the road, but Los Angeles will be built to win tomorrow. They have a smaller window because of the older nucleus surrounding Howard, but the Lakers are a win-now kind of bunch. Kobe Bryant's window is closing, and newly acquired Steve Nash's time may be shorter.

Trading away the talented but enigmatic Bynum is difficult to conceive for some Lakers fans. He finally realized his tantalizing potential last season and averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.

Despite Bynum's All-Star season, Howard still outperformed him on both ends of the floor. He averaged 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. He also blocked more shots than Bynum per game (2.1 versus 1.9).

Howard's won NBA Defensive Player of the Year three times for a reason; on t...

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