Rumors: Magic are Ready to Trade Dwight Howard, but Are Lakers?
According to Sheridan Sports, the Orlando Magic are now ready to trade their All-NBA center, Dwight Howard, after a tumultuous year where they saw enough drama to fill up three lineups on TNT.
With the recent firings of coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager, Otis Smith, it seems as if the Orlando Magic are now ready to start a new chapter for their franchise, by letting go of another all-world NBA center.
The source said that when Magic team president traveled to Michigan last weekend to speak in person with owner Rich DeVos, the conclusion was reached that not only was it time for Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith to go, but Howard, too.
With Laker bigs Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol coming up small in the playoffs and Mitch Kupchak stating that he is open to all options, the natural question is whether or not the Lakers should make a trade for Dwight Howard.
The Magic will be looking towards the future and trading for an aging Gasol, who had a disappointing 14 months of basketball and is on the downside of his career, isn’t the most likely option for them to look at.
The 24-year-old, all-NBA second team All-Star center, on the other hand, looks like the better option for the rebuilding franchise. After playing his first full season as the Lakers starting center and having worn out his welcome mat with most Laker fans, it might be time for Andrew Bynum to be moved for Dwight to revitalize this Lakers organization.
Yes, Dwight Howard has one more year left on his contract and has stated that he wants to test free agency. The Lakers are expected to pick up the $16.1M option for Bynum to play next season and then talk extension afterwards. So, there is a possibility that if the Lakers trade for Dwight, they lose him after a year. There is also the possibility that if the Lakers don’t trade for Howard, they lose Bynum after a year.
Another thing to consider is Dwight Howard’s back injury. Most people are dismissing the herniated disc injury, but the one name I keep thinking of when it comes to athletic All-Star big men with back injuries is Larry Johnson. At the time, no one thought it was a big deal, but after it was all said and done, Johnson never recovered.
Andrew Bynum has had his fair share of injuries as well, but he’s just proved that he can play a full NBA season.
Earlier this season, we asked the fans if they wanted to trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard and the surprising answer was “no.”
But after seeing what happened this season, what is your opinion now?
Are the Lakers ready to trade for Dwight Howard again?