NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers Must Consider Sign-and-Trade for Dwight Howard

The Los Angeles Lakers need to explore each and every option regarding the future of Dwight Howard instead of nixing potential scenarios.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that the Lakers won’t be taking any sign-and-trade offers that involve Howard:

While the Clippers had the wistful thought of trying to arrange a sign-and-trade to acquire Dwight Howard for Bledsoe and Blake Griffin, the Lakers have flatly rejected the idea, sources said.

“They’ll never do it,” one source with direct knowledge of the conversations told Yahoo! Sports.

But that’s not exactly what everyone close to the Lakers is saying about a potential deal that would send Howard to the Clippers. Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that Los Angeles isn’t going to rule anything out. They say that the Lakers have “adopted a keep-all-options-open approach.”

So, what’s the deal with the Lakers?

Well, for one, the Lakers would be foolish to rule out a sign-and-trade, especially for what the Clippers could offer them. It’s not like Griffin and Bledsoe are two scrappy players who aren’t worth anything. They’re two of the best players on the West Coast and would constitute a big impact alongside Kobe Bryant.

This past season, Griffin ranked 12th in the NBA in PER while Bledsoe was 70th, according to ESPN. Howard ranked 36th, playing in 76 games. Maybe the Lakers receive a draft pick too, since they don’t currently hold a pick in the first round of this year’s draft.

Howard has had his fair share of injury woes, though, and if he is going to leave the Lakers, Los Angeles might as well capitalize on anything that it can get in return. The ESPN report states that the Lakers would be fond of a sign-and-trade because it would result in cap space going forward.

Article Source: Bleacher Report - Los Angeles Lakers