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07:16 AM ET 06.17 | The Decision, Part II preamble rolls on, with Dwight Howard in the starring role in Los Angeles. [The Lakers], according to sources, have not completely ruled out the idea of a sign-and-trade if they come to find next month that Howard is determined to leave. Sources say they are indeed leaning against sign-and-trade scenarios because they'd rather bank the resultant cap space from Howard's departure for the summer of 2014. ... The threat of the James Harden-led Rockets signing Howard away from L.A. is very real to the Lakers, sources said, which means the Lakers will eventually be getting a sign-and-trade pitch from Houston as well. The Rockets will have the cap space to sign Howard outright after the expected shedding of Thomas Robinson's contract.

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June 17, 2013  07:21 AM ET

I'm sick of this crap........

June 17, 2013  08:00 AM ET

its nice to see the lakers on the ropes getting poached for once

June 17, 2013  08:05 AM ET

Personally I can't see DH going back to the Lakers with Kobe and D'Antoni on the Lakers' roster - that's just too much drama for anybody to handle... but then again this is Dwight Howard we're talking about.. he's made a lot of dumb moves.

June 17, 2013  08:25 AM ET

I say, let him walk. Keep what you have in place and let their contracts run out. Kobe has five rings and will have to live with that. In a couple years, the slate is clean and we can work our magic for the next set of Purple/Gold titles.

For the next couple years the haters can enjoy our down time then Voila... We're world champions again and the hate can fester even more. I'm good with knowing the next team to catch us in titles will have to win 10 in order to catch us.

Hate on haters (aka losers)...

June 17, 2013  08:28 AM ET

Two more weeks and we'll find out. Lakers had their chance. Now it will be up to other teams to make their pitches...

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June 17, 2013  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I say, let him walk. Keep what you have in place and let their contracts run out. Kobe has five rings and will have to live with that. In a couple years, the slate is clean and we can work our magic for the next set of Purple/Gold titles. For the next couple years the haters can enjoy our down time then Voila... We're world champions again and the hate can fester even more. I'm good with knowing the next team to catch us in titles will have to win 10 in order to catch us. Hate on haters (aka losers)...

Hey, it could happen.

GO BULLS!

<face palm>

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June 17, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Their best scenario is trading for BG and Bledsoe for Howard. Clips and Paul would be fine w/ the move and Dwight will surely be happy to team up w/ Paul...

June 17, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Personally I don't care where Dwight Howard goes as long as he just does it without all of this fanfare.

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June 17, 2013  08:42 AM ET

Dwight can come to Cleveland

June 17, 2013  08:44 AM ET
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Personally I don't care where Dwight Howard goes as long as he just does it without all of this fanfare.

Well that won't happen

June 17, 2013  08:44 AM ET
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Dwight can come to Cleveland

Well that won't happen

June 17, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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Regardless of how their feelings may be hurt if Dwight moves on.....
If they get NOTHING?? For him.....that would be devastating

They at minimum need to get a few picks and a couple if young bodies

Can't cut off your nose to spite your face

This is why I'm not part of management. I sometimes make irrational decisions.

Probably why my kids sent me Omaha steaks for father's day... C.O.D.

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