The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to make any changes that the team can before the NBA trade deadline as this team has been a disaster as we cross the halfway point. It has been so bad that LeBron James felt inclined to issue the fanbase an apology on Twitter! Yes, it has been that ugly.
There is speculation that the team is interested in Jerami Grant and might try to pull off a trade for the Detriot wing. That is the biggest trade that the Lakers can make this season, however, it is going to be hard for the purple and gold to outbid other potentially interested teams.
The much more likely outcome is that the Lakers make smaller moves that “improve” the roster. One of those potential moves is trading Dwight Howard, who the team is reportedly interested in moving.
Howard, alongside other players such as DeAndre Jordan and Kent Bazemore, are being shopped so the Lakers can open up a roster spot. Since the team is so high above the luxury tax it does not want to outright cut them and take that tax penalty. The team also reportedly doesn’t want to trade assets to get rid of these players, which is typically what is required in a deal like this.
That rules out Jordan and Bazemore as it is hard seeing a team wanting them unless they are part of something bigger. Howard, though, might hold value to a team in the same way that Rajon Rondo held value to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is certainly better than Jordan and still has something left in the tank to offer to the right team.
The potential trade packages for Dwight Howard are still not great for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The team is not going to improve all that much in just a Dwight Howard trade but it is still worth breaking down. Here are three realistic trade packages for the former Defensive Player of the Year.