January 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) questions a foul call during the first half of the game against the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers Could Sign-And-Trade Dwight Howard

NBA Trade Rumors – Although it was believed that the Los Angeles Lakers would not be interested in a sign-and-trade involving Dwight Howard, that might change if the coveted free agent really wants to leave this summer.

Reports have said that if Howard indeed looks for a new team this summer, the Lakers would be content to just let him walk, cut their losses and preserve cap space for next summer’s free agency.

The preference remains the same, and the Lakers would rather not commit to a sign-and-trade, but it remains an option, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN LA.

Great, that means the Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe for Dwight Howard trade could happen, right? Not exactly, says Markazi.

It’s understandable that the two teams don’t really want to trade with each other. While getting Griffin is better than nothing, the Lakers would be forced to essentially build around Blake in the future. Then there is always the fact that the two teams are rivals and the Lakers would hate to help the Clippers build a super team with Howard and Chris Paul.

Still, the Lakers would probably explore a sign-and-trade with other teams, if the deal would include young pieces and picks and not any long-term contracts.

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  • Marty Susman

    Dwight needs to be in Texas where he will get more bucks…The BEST way to do this is a sign n trade with the Lakers giving him MAX money & sending him to Texas where he will EEP max money so he is a double winner…. The Lakers see if Dallas orHouston will give them the most for Dwight in the way of 1st round draft picks under #10 this year & next year plus exopiring contracts this year…… Doing the above gives the Lakers GREAT leverage for 2014 having a ton of young, inexpensive players as well as a ton of cap space……SIGN N TRADE IS A WINN WINN FOR BOTH THE LAKERS & DWIGHT…

  • tony pierson

    Trade for Griffin and Bledsoe. Flip Griffin for 2014 draft picks or young athletes from a crap team who is desperate to add a star to their lineup. Clippers will win in the short run, but ultimately, Howard is never going to have the killler instinct. Two words: coach killer.