January 17, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) guards Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) as he drives to the basket in the first quarter at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers to Make a Run at LeBron James?

The Los Angeles Lakers are beginning to give up hope on their chances of retaining center Dwight Howard, which is fine because the team could be considering using that cap space to go after Miami Heat star LeBron James next offseason.

Howard is currently being pursued by the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and more, all teams that have done a great job building for the future.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are stuck with an older roster. The writing may be on the wall here—Howard might leave L.A.

Which is fine, because the Lakers sound content agreeing to a sign-and-trade in order to potentially clear cap space for LeBron. At least according to Grantland’s Bill Simmons:

 

 

 

So there you have it. The Lakers may already be set on a major rebuild and run at another superstar. We are a long way out from knowing if this speculated scheme will work, but we have seen crazier things happen in the NBA.

What do you think? Are the Lakers ready to give up hope on Dwight in order to make a run at LeBron?

 

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