Dwight Howard Trade Offers Being Turned Down By Lakers… For Now
The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly receiving trade offers for Dwight Howard. The Lakers aren’t ready to deal their big man yet but with another all-star sitting on the bench (Pau Gasol) Howard may soon be packing his bags.
According to ESPN, the Lakers have been receiving offers for Howard for the last several weeks. The Lakers have been turning away those offers but league sources say that Howard is unhappy in Los Angeles and the Lakers may be forced to let him go.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said that a trade wasn’t in the works. Well, at least not for the next three or four days.
“I don’t think we’re at the point where you say, ‘It’s time for a trade,’ and a trade happens in three to four days. That’s just not how this league works.”
Pro Basketball Talks reports that Howard will become an unrestricted free agent this Summer but he already seems ready to get out of Los Angeles. Howard hasn’t performed well in Los Angeles and doesn’t seem happy with coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense. After scoring just 8 points during a loss to the Chicago Bulls Howard said that he “didn’t get an opportunity” to play like he wanted.
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Howard isn’t the only person frustrated with the Lakers performance this year.
After losing the Derrick Rose-less Bulls, Kobe Bryant said:
“Obviously, this isn’t working … I’ve tried to go out of my way to get (Howard) the ball … I’ve constantly tried to help him out, tried to talk to him,” Bryant continued. “Two o’clock in the morning, three o’clock in the morning. Texting him. Sharing reading materials. Anything to try and help him. He’s coming off a major surgery in a market where it’s just merciless; where there’s demands and responsibilities of athletes. It’s been tough on him.”