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Jan 20, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Lakers 108-103. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers would consider sign-and-trade for Dwight Howard, but prefer to avoid it

The Los Angeles Lakers hope to retain Dwight Howard this summer, but if the big man decides that he absolutely wants to leave, the team could consider a sign-and-trade.

In the case of Howard deciding to leave LA, the team’s preference would be to cut the losses and save money for next year’s free agency, but a sign-and-trade would be considered as well. The Lakers would not want to take back long-term money in a sign-and-trade, and would probably only consider it if they were offered either young and talented players or picks in return.

A reported sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, which would send Howard one way and Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe the other, is by most believed to be ludicrous and something that neither team would do.

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