A starting line-up consisting of Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and Dwight Howard?
Sources close to the Lakers, and around the league are saying that is something they are looking to do.
According to ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard, the Lakers have intentions to make a blockbuster deal that would bring both Howard and Paul to L.A.
It is no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers would like to trade for Dwight Howard or Chris Paul, but sources with knowledge of the situation say the Lakers actually have something greater in mind: acquiring both players. Hoping to pull off a pair of blockbuster moves that would rock the NBA, the Lakers are willing to trade anyone on their roster outside of Kobe Bryant to bring Howard and Paul to Los Angeles, two sources said.
Whether the Lakers are able to make it happen remains to be seen, but with stars Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom on the roster, they have the talent and the financial capacity to make the trades work. The Lakers have had cursory discussions with New Orleans about Paul within the past few days. It is not clear whether they have spoken with Orlando.”
If the Lakers are willing to shake up their whole roster, this is not as far fetched as you may think.
The Hornets may be willing to give up Chris Paul straight up for Pau Gasol. In that case the NBA owned New Orleans Hornets are receiving an all-star in return for their all-star. Secondly, if Orlando likes Andrew Bynum’s potential you could package Bynum for Howard, and if need be throw Lamar Odom in to seal the deal.
This move would also make the Lakers a lot younger. Chris Paul is 26 years old, and Dwight Howard is only 25 years old. In what would make for a perfect transition as Kobe Bryant (33) gets older, and needs more help on offense.
It is also worth noting that the three (Bryant, Howard, and Paul) played together on Team USA in 2008. That team of course won the gold medal.