I had a crazy thought this morning. I must have been a dream or something. And more than likely, it would only be a dream scenario.
Anyone think the Wizards should pursue a sign and trade for Dwight Howard? It’s no secret that Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard aren’t the best of buds. I’m not sure what kind of package it would take but the Wizards certainly could send two players entering the final year of their contracts in Emeka Okafor (coming off one of his best seasons in his career) and Trevor Ariza (SF on the 09 Lakers Championship team) plus their 2013 1st round pick for Dwight Howard. But the salaries going out would have to match up closely with the salary of Howard coming in. And on top of everything, he would have to want to come to DC to make it work — which isn’t as much as a stretch as it would have been last year or the year before with the back court the Wizards have built.
I’m sure many people would shoot this down but I think it’d be good for both teams. It would get Dwight away from Kobe, which seems to be what Kobe wants. The Lakers would get two front court starters to go with Pau Gasol up front and a lottery pick to develop for their future. I would imagine the Lake Show would be looking for a PG in the draft, as Steve Nash is finally showing his age. And that is putting it nicely for the future Hall Of Famer.
The Lakers starting line up would be:
PG: Nash/13 Draft Pick (Burke or Carter-Williams)
SF: Ariza/World Peace
The Wizards starting line up would be:
While the Lakers goal of getting younger and more athletic aren’t fully met in this trade it does provide some interesting pieces for them. They get a defensive minded center who doesn’t demand shots in the offense, a younger wing player who is familiar with the franchise, and a young draft pick that hopefully turns into their PG-of-the-future. Also in this scenario, the only salary the Lakers are committed to in 2014/15 is Steve Nash’s and whoever they draft with the Wizards pick. In essence, the Lake Show would be wide open to pursue LeBron if he decides to become a free agent in the off-season before the 14/15 season.
The Wizards accomplish their goal of landing another star to play beside Wall. A 3-man trio of Wall, Beal, and Dwight sure sounds like a top 3 seed in the East to me!
Anyways… what do you think? Blast away!