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#1 magicbalala245


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Posted February 15, 2013 - 01:11 PM

Mitch Kupchak assured Dwight Howard that he won't be traded. However, league sources believe the Lakers will still field calls for Howard.

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 01:23 PM

Isn't the title a little inaccurate? From the information provided, it says league sources believe, which means the Lakers MAY field offers for Howard, not that they actually definitely are as a matter of FACT like your title suggests.


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Posted February 15, 2013 - 01:25 PM

They won't.

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 01:26 PM


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Posted February 15, 2013 - 01:27 PM

Of course they are, they'd be stupid not to.

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 01:32 PM

Of course they are, they'd be stupid not to.

Really? What can other teams really offer us in return? Unless its a Lebron James a Kevin Durant or a Chris Paul, I don't want hear it.

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 02:28 PM

give me brook lopez and gerald wallace



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Posted February 15, 2013 - 02:58 PM

give me brook lopez and gerald wallace

Hell no

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 03:17 PM

If you got offered KEvin Love for Dwight Howard. Do you take it?
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Posted February 15, 2013 - 03:35 PM

I'll take anyone named Love right now.

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 04:08 PM

So what the article basically is saying is that the owners supposedly know more about what Mitch is gonna do than Mitch himself.

Hey I can do that too.

Kobe Bryant has said he will retire in 3 years at least but league sources still feel like he'll play another 5.

See? That was easy.

If my friend who is. A janitor at Staples Center and cleans the locker rooms says "I think Dwight is gonna resign"

I could easily write "sources close to and within the Lakers organization have a strong feeling Dwight is going to resign."

Edited by Majesty, February 15, 2013 - 04:10 PM.

"Bryant had come to rage against the idea that Howard's clownish disposition could overtake the locker room, the Lakers' culture, and had warned Howard that he would never, ever let it happen." 

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 05:12 PM

If you got offered KEvin Love for Dwight Howard. Do you take it?


Kevin Love + filler, then maybe.

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 05:27 PM

If you got offered KEvin Love for Dwight Howard. Do you take it?


Maybe him and something else.


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Posted February 15, 2013 - 05:54 PM

If you got offered KEvin Love for Dwight Howard. Do you take it?

[expletive] no

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 06:01 PM

Howard + Pau to Minny for KLove, Dwilliams, Barea. DO IT.

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 06:03 PM

give me brook lopez and gerald wallace


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Posted February 15, 2013 - 06:16 PM

Howard + Pau to Minny for KLove, Dwilliams, Barea. DO IT.

God no. Pau is nothing like he used to be but thats a rape job right there

Edited by 24allday, February 15, 2013 - 06:16 PM.

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 06:33 PM

Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to MINN for Kevin Love and Rubio. That is only deal I take. Rubio+Pau+Love to space floor=gold.

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 06:44 PM

Well then....

However, CBSSports.com has learned that the Lakers have engaged in preliminary trade discussions with an unlikely trade partner regarding Howard: their fierce rival, the Boston Celtics. The centerpieces of the possible deal, which hasn't gained any traction, would be Howard and Rajon Rondo.

The imagination runs rampant with the tantalizing possibilities.

Other significant pieces would have to be involved, since Rondo's $11 million salary is substantially less than Howard's $19.5 million. If the Lakers dealt Howard for an All-Star point guard who is out for the rest of the season following ACL surgery, they'd effectively be throwing in the towel on this miserable, underachieving season and looking to next year.

The Celtics would be going all-in for a quick rebuild centered around Howard, with the hopes they could find a point guard in the draft or in free agency to capably run their offense – which they've managed to do in Rondo's absence anyway. Celtics president Danny Ainge has flirted with several trade possibilities for Rondo over the years, and the point guard's hyper-competitive drive and strong personality have proved difficult for coach Doc Rivers to manage.

There are at least two significant impediments to a Howard-Rondo deal. First, as Howard said Friday, the Lakers continue to insist they won't trade him, which sources say is the impression the Celtics have gotten, too. Second, Celtics president Danny Ainge would not trade Rondo without an assurance that Howard would re-sign with Boston as a free agent this summer, a league source said. Howard has shown no inclination to commit to anyone, including the Lakers, until the season is over.

Since the league source familiar with the discussions characterized them as preliminary, it's possible that the talks could be tabled until after the season. In that case, Howard would have to agree to a sign-and-trade to the Celtics that would only yield him a four-year deal as opposed to the five years the Lakers could offer him (or the Celtics, if he were traded there by Feb. 21 and subsequently re-signed). The Celtics could only acquire Howard in a sign-and-trade if they eschewed their full mid-level and remained below the so-called luxury-tax apron, a threshold $4 million above the tax line that was added in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement.

While the discussions have yet to progress, if nothing else, they open a potential avenue open for the Lakers to minimize the chances of losing Howard as a free agent and getting nothing in return. In other words, a fallback plan.

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 06:45 PM

We don't have to make a big moves. All we need is a small trade that would land us Kyle korver.

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