The Los Angeles Lakers may still end up with Dwight Howard. However, at the moment the talented center is still in Orlando, and rumors of a possible trade have started to die down. Perhaps this is the calm before the storm but right now there are signals that Howard might stay with the Magic. It is possible that Orlando is asking for too much, and it could also be that some of these rumors are actually just talk. Regardless of the conversations that are going on behind closed doors, Howard to the Lakers just isn't happening right now.
There have been very different stories regarding Howard's long-term plans. Some stories suggest that he would be open to signing a long-term deal with Lakers. Other reports say that his agent denied this reality and that Howard will test free agency. The financial reality is that the NBA is built to reward players that re-sign with their current teams. Therefore, the idea of becoming a free agent may seem like the best scenario, but Dwight could make the most money by sticking with his current team. The same goes for Andrew Bynum, who could also hit the market after one more season.
A sense of urgency?
Is either team in a hurry? That is hard to tell. I suppose the Magic technically have until the trade deadline next year to make a deal. However, they may not want things to take that long since the drama will follow the team all season and every new city will have a group of reporters asking about trade rumors. Most teams want to get their transactions done in the off-season so that they can start to gel as a squad and avoid having to incorporate new players at a later point in the season. The Lakers have a good squad, and they may not want to mess with chemistry once the season starts.
After all this
The irony is that after all this drama, Dwight Howard could re-sign with the Magic or he could walk away from the franchise and leave them with no compensation. Part of me wants there to be some sort of trade so that all this energy put into trade rumors actually results in a deal. Basketball and baseball are similar in that trade talk can be very compelling even though most of it never comes to fruition at the deadline. Perhaps a deal will get done, but I wouldn't be shocked if this continues to get dragged out.
The author grew up in Seattle and now lives in Los Angeles, where he enjoys the rivalry between the Lakers and the Clippers, and all the drama that goes with being in the Southland. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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