The first half of the season really couldn’t have gone any worse for the Los Angeles Lakers. Exactly 41 games into the season, the Lakers sit at 17-24, 4 games out of a playoff spot.
With Steve Nash and Dwight Howard making their way to town, it seemed that the Lakers would be serious title contenders.
But ever since game 1 (a home loss to Dallas), the year has been a mess. Coach Mike Brown was fired, Steve Nash broke his leg, Dwight Howard isn’t completely healthy and Pau Gasol has been benched.
Now, a new report from ESPN.com this evening cites sources saying that the Lakers may be open to dealing Howard, who will be a free agent after this season.
“But sources told ESPN.com this week that the Lakers might be forced to reconsider that position between now and the Feb. 21 trade deadline because of Howard’s growing unhappiness with his role under coach Mike D’Antoni and the potential that raises for Howard leaving them in July without compensation.”
Trading Howard, who has a history of being unhappy with coaches, will be a difficult task.
With free agency on the horizon for Howard, any team looking to trade for him would be cautious, not wanting to give up too much and risk Howard not resigning.
As for where Howard may end up next season, regardless of whether he is traded, the report quoted one GM as saying,
“I have it as Lakers, Dallas or Atlanta for Dwight.”
It will certainly be interesting to see what happens the rest of the season for both Howard and the Lakers. Stay tuned to KJG as we continue to follow the Lakers’ saga.