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Time for Lakers to trade for Howard

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08:09 AM ET 06.15 | New coach, old star ... and a new Superman? Amid the confusion of a Lakers postseason dominated by an embattled new coach and a disengaged old star, a bit of real hope has emerged. It showed up Monday on the other side of the world. It came from the mouth of a guy who plays on the other side of the country. Yet it was a clear nudge upon slumping Lakers shoulders, a giant wink from the NBA's best center to a team that could turn him into a champion. While touring Italy, Dwight Howard told reporters, again, that he would not sign a contract extension with the Orlando Magic and planned to become a free agent after next season. Lakers, that's your cue. Lakers, do you need to have it dunked on your heads? Trade for Dwight Howard.

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June 15, 2011  08:14 AM ET

DALLAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 15, 2011  08:15 AM ET

Here we go again - Wasting no time in bringing up "what if" scenarios a whole season (barring a lockout) in advance!

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June 15, 2011  08:37 AM ET
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Exactly. I hope the the NBA fan public doesn't buy into it this time or else they'll be months of speculation and trash talking capped off by utter disdain for Dwight should he leave Orlando.

Oh you can be sure that not only will every fan in LA believe it is a done deal because they are just so awesome, that we will be dealing with Howard to _____________ (fill in the blank) stories all year long.

It will make us long for the good old days of where will LBNIque land.

PLEASE!!!

LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!! LOCKOUT!!!

Stop the insanity!!!

June 15, 2011  08:38 AM ET

If Im Olando and they offer Bynum then I say ok....But for every game Bynum misses can we borrow Kobe for those games and can Howard also sit out those games....LA land is about to do nuts on this....


Oh wait it was written by the LA Times....

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June 15, 2011  08:46 AM ET

its still a dark cloud on the horizon, if lakers gonna mke trade on this, theyll gv up bynum and odom plus draft picks for howard + arenas....

June 15, 2011  08:46 AM ET

LA is a historically logical destination for Mr. Howard. But Comrade Prohkarov might have other ideas--Brooklyn beckons...

June 15, 2011  08:48 AM ET
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LA is a historically logical destination for Mr. Howard. But Comrade Prohkarov might have other ideas--Brooklyn beckons...

agree, bt brooklyn doesnt have pieces to make howard stay so the logical choice is still lakers...

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June 15, 2011  08:50 AM ET
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Exactly. I hope the the NBA fan public doesn't buy into it this time or else they'll be months of speculation and trash talking capped off by utter disdain for Dwight should he leave Orlando.

Orlando can't win next year with Dwight Howard. Lakers need a facelift. Match made in heaven. Do it alreay Thorpe. You have nothing to lose here. Personally I don't think Dwight Howard is a championship player so if you can get Bynum, Odom, Artest... please do it. Do it to the glory of Gloria.

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June 15, 2011  08:51 AM ET

The header should say: "Time for every team to trade for Howard"

June 15, 2011  09:03 AM ET
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agree, bt brooklyn doesnt have pieces to make howard stay so the logical choice is still lakers...

Hmm ... Kobe at 33 or D-Will at 27 ... think long term ...

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June 15, 2011  09:16 AM ET

I believe you make a move if your the Lakers. Bynum and Odom have been great for the Lakers and have won championships but you have to entertain this situation if your the Lakers. Bynum may become the center that every team wants but at this point you have a polish Howard and you have to take a look at acquiring him if he's available. This is not a knock on Bynum but this is business. Odom will be missed but when you have Ebanks, whom I believe will make Odom expendable if Ebanks is given time to play and develope will be what the Lakers need to continue their championship run. The most important piece beside obtaining a player like Howard is also acquiring a speedy point guard. Reddick will keep teams honest and stretch the floor but you need that speed and quickness to contain the opposing team speedy point because Fisher can't do it anymore. I would give it a serious look if I'm Lakers management.

 
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