Kupchak: Howard Is Lakers' Future
Feb 20, 2013 1:40 PM EST
Mitch Kupchak reiterated Wednesday the Los Angeles Lakers will not trade Dwight Howard before Thursday's deadline despite the inquiries that have been made.
In addition, Kupchak stressed Howard will fully recover from back surgery at some point and that the center will be a major part of the Lakers' future.
"Dwight is our future," Kupchak said. "He deserves to have his name on the wall and a statue in front of Staples at some point in time."
In Kupchak's mind, the Lakers have a two-year window -- this season and next.
"And a lot of that has to do with Kobe [Bryant]," Kupchak said.
Via Arash Markazi/ESPN
Lakers May Choose Dwight Over Kobe If Ultimatum Given In Offseason
Feb 20, 2013 2:07 PM EST
The relationship between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard has been a subject of intrigue even before the Los Angeles Lakers paired the two in the offseason.
Bryant and Howard have struggled to coexist both on and off the court.
With Bryant nearing the end of his career, the Lakers hope their future will be tied to Howard.
"I've heard rumblings that if Howard told Laker officials this summer that the only way he'd stay in LA is if Kobe leaves, the Lakers could end up choosing Howard over Kobe," wrote Chad Ford. "It's an unlikely scenario, but one worth watching."
Bryant has a no-trade clause and would be able to veto any trade. Bryant's massive $30.45 million contract for the 13-14 season would also prove difficult to trade.
Bryant is also arguably the most popular player in Lakers' history alongside Magic Johnson.
The Lakers could also elect to use their amnesty clause on Bryant.
Via Chad Ford/ESPN
Edited by TheSuperbeast, February 20, 2013 - 01:41 PM.