If you were in the Lakers situation. What would you do with Dwight Howard?
He's not playing at the defensive level we're used to seeing him at. Of course, the back injury has a lot to do with that but will Dwight Howard every fully recover from the back injury to be back at the level he once was? It is also the final year of his contract. Kobe and Dwight don't mesh together as well as Laker-nation would have hoped.
What would YOU do in this situation, GM?
I've heard (seen tweets) that Atlanta is offering Al Horford, Josh Smith AND Jeff Teague for Dwight and Metta. If I'm the Lakers, I don't even think twice about pulling the trigger on that move.
Don't believe that rumor, Dwight and Atlanta already have zero mutual interest in each other and Teague and Horford are untouchable
I would trade him to the Nets for some kind of package built around Lopez, Brooks, and a draft pick. Maybe throw in someone like Evans or Blatche to try to match up salaries. You could also swap World Peace for Wallace I think that would work out too.
Dwight goes where he wants. Nets get who they want. Brooks can score off the bench and learn a lot from Kobe. The Lakers get a good young replacement for Dwight who cane score and a draft pick to help them get younger which they desperately need.
Why not? Yes Dwight is immature but he's leading the league in rebounding and is top 5 in block shots while playing at 60-70%.
Ya at 100% it is a no brainer to keep the best center in the league. No guarantee he gets back to that level though. Back injuries are very hard to fully recover from. They can linger and cause trouble down the road. Not to mention his shoulder issue as well. Plus, what makes Dwight want to resign? He really doesnt have a reason to. They are old and not even in the playoffs as of right now and he clearly isnt happy there.
Yes for now, I would look to move him in the off-season.
He's a free agent in the off-season.
The Lakers to trade away D12 would signal to the rest of the league they cannot keep a major player for the first time in many years. With the new CBA Dwight would give up a lot of money to go to another team and the free agent vacancies on genuine contenders are limited.
He has no interest in Atlanta or Boston (from previous years), other major teams like the Knicks, Thunder and Heat have settled line ups. With the new tax rules a lot of teams will have to keep under the cap so only the big market teams can carry many max contracts.
Houston tried to get him last year and whilst they could try to move Asik potentially to create a space for D12, Asik's $15 salary in 2014-15 could be a stumbling block for a lot of teams to take on.
Dallas have cap space but would probably need CP3 to go there to persuade Dwight to go there.
The one wildcard could be if the Clippers could move DeAndre Jordan, could they persuade D12 to link up with CP3 and Blake Griffin.
Here's why its hard to say no: He might fully return to 2009 Dwight, and be one of the top 3 players in the league.
Facts are, that's the only reason to keep him. Reasons against it:
1. He hasn't fit well there at all; seems awkward playing with Kobe and Nash, and D'Antoni obviously have no interest in getting him the ball.
2. He might (probably) walk on you and you get nothing in return.
3. If he doesn't, you're likely going to give the max to a guy who might be a declining version of the Dwight the Lakers have had this season.
4. Your team isn't good now. You can trade him and still get a lot back. Why not?
And LH...what makes you think Teague woould be untouchable in a DWIGHT HOWARD trade? I'd say Teague is hardly that untouchable...
I think it would be stupid for the Lakers to trade Dwight Howard he is there best player on there team and can easily be the future of the Lakers. Even with Dwight's back injury he still leads the league in rebounding and is obviously the best Center in the league.
BUT with all of that being said the Lakers (Team) doesn't treat him right and Kobe is so selfish and Dantonis style isn't helping him at all and he probably hates it on the lakers and wants to leave, so if I'm the lakers I would honestly trade him,I really don't see him resigning with the Lakers next year.