Despite constant disputes from Lakers management, there are still talks swirling around the league that Howard could be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline and the Brooklyn Nets are the team most interested in acquiring him.
With the Lakers currently sitting at 10th place in the Western Conference with a 25-29 record, the Howard experiment in Los Angeles hasn’t really worked out the way anyone expected for the Lakers.
Howard has been discussed as a locker room problem that is causing chemistry issues with the Lakers and people have questioned his commitment to the game. If true, Dwight has now angered people with the two NBA organizations he’s been a part of - the Lakers and the Orlando Magic.
The question is - why on earth would the Brooklyn Nets want him?
Any deal involving sending Howard to the Nets would likely mean Brooklyn would have to send Brook Lopez and MarShon Brooks to Los Angeles. Lopez is one of the most promising centers in the league and Brooks is a young guard with tons of potential.
Even without Brooks, I think the Lakers would come out on the better end of the deal if they were able to trade Howard straight up for Brook Lopez.
Dwight Howard has clearly shown over the past three seasons that he’s more interested in looking out for himself than helping an organization win a championship. Lopez is three years younger than Howard and was just named to his first All-Star team and appears to be likeable guy that would do well in Los Angeles.
If part of the problem with Howard has been his inability to co-exist with other star players, who’s to say he won’t throw the same temper tantrums when he’s on a team with Joe Johnson and Deron Williams? If anything, it could be an even worse situation.
If the Nets want to continue to build toward becoming a relevant team in the Eastern Conference, they should remain committed to having Brook Lopez being a part of their future. Trading for Howard would certainly make a splash, but probably not in a good way.