Dwight Howard: Which team eventually will land him in a trade?
Dwight Howard can become a free agent after this season, meaning the Orlando Magic have until then to trade their star center or risk losing him and getting nothing in return. Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss where Howard might end up. Check back throughout the day for more responses and join the discussion with a comment of your own.
Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times
The Lakers will acquire Dwight Howard because making the big move is what they do. Anyone who thinks they are done dealing after getting a draft pick and a trade exception for Lamar Odom probably still believes the Knicks James Dolan is a good owner.
After getting rebuffed in their efforts to land Chris Paul, the Lakers are probably even more determined to land Howard. And imagine how they would feel about the possibility of being upstaged by the Clippers should their fellow Staples Center tenants end up with Paul.
Howard will be a Laker, Andrew Bynum will be a member of the Orlando Magic and it will be a merry Christmas for all involved.
Mike Berardino, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Assuming Bill Clinton or Jesse Jackson don’t get involved and broker a peace settlement between Dwight Howard and the Magic, it seems clear that history is about to repeat itself.
Just as Shaquille O’Neal worked his way out of O-Town for a new chapter in purple and gold, it appears Howard will head west in due time.
True, the Mavericks and Nets also made his three-team cut of potential long-term destinations. But the Lakers match up too well with the Magic, who could use Andrew Bynum and/or Pau Gasol to rebuild their front line in the post-Dwight era.
The Mavs miss Tyson Chandler, but they just took on Lamar Odom’s money and don’t seem to have the right young pieces. The Nets can offer Brook Lopez, but won’t team owner Mikhail Prokhorov be a bit distracted now that he’s running for the Russian presidency?
Photo: Dwight Howard. Credit: Douglas Jones / US Presswire