Chris Broussard of ESPN.com is reporting Dwight Howard said he will re-sign with the Lakers if traded there. Before this the center refused to sign with anyone but the Brooklyn Nets. The Lakers have not been told this recent news yet, but allegedly are not surprised he would have changed his mind.
Now, the only real snag in the Dwight Howard trade is whether Andrew Bynum is willing to re-sign with the team he gets traded to. Sources have said Bynum has no interest in Orlando, but Houston could be a viable option. If this trade goes through the Magic will get an assortment of draft picks and salary cap relief while the Lakers will create the next super-team in the NBA. The Magic will be happy to lose the contracts of Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu.
As as Celtics fan, this trade bothers me on a few fronts. Firstly, the Celtics already have a bad matchup in the Lakers. Their size is detrimental and has been the last two seasons as we have compiled an 0-4 regular season record against the gold and purple. Honestly, I do not think the Celtics could beat this team with Bynum in a seven game series let alone Howard. They are Boston’s Achilles heal.
Secondly, the CBA was an issue because smaller market teams were worried big markets teams always got what they wanted. If Howard ends up with L.A., this re-affirms the issue with the CBA. It just gives the Lakers-esque (big market) teams more hope and the Milwaukee Bucks-esque (small market) ones less reason to believe.
Thirdly, this would give the Lakers a starting five of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard. Now that is just unfair. If four of those guys started for the west in the all-star game I would not be surprised.
Fourthly, and probably the worst side-affect of this deal, Celtics fans will actually have to root for Miami if the Heat and Lakers played in the finals. Fact. Do I personally have more hate for the Heat than the Lakers as a Celtics fan? Yes. But the Celtics reputation as the team with the most titles in the NBA is something I take pride in as a Boston fan. With the resources the Lakers have this stat is going to likely reverse. If their comes a day when Miami and L.A. are playing in the finals, I will be rooting for Lebron James to win. I can promise you that.
All-in-all this is just bad for the league. Hopefully this deal does not go down. That would be the best case scenario at this point. I have my worries though. All-star players usually get what they want. This is no different. Andrew Bynum, you better be as stubborn as possible. Please, for the sake of the Celtics and the rest of the NBA, just say no. Refuse to be traded. It is for the best.
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