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Dwight Howard, Deron Williams unrealistic targets for Lakers

March 12, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • Magic center Dwight Howard blocks a shot by Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer during their game Thursday night in Chicago.
Magic center Dwight Howard blocks a shot by Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer… (Tannen Maury / EPA / March…)

The Lakers' success largely hinges on whether they can upgrade by Thursday's trade deadline. But the tea leaves suggest that Laker fans will be disappointed that the team may not acquire Dwight Howard and Deron Williams. Here's why neither scenario is likely to go down.

Dwight Howard, Magic center

Why it's unrealistic: The Magic is waiting until the final hour to decide whether to trade Howard, and it's possible they'll just keep him, since Orlando remains in championship contention. The hope remains that winning a title would help assuage all those concerns. Although Howard has acknowledged trading texts with Kobe Bryant, The Times' Mike Bresnahan reported in December that Howard came away leery from that conversation. That's because Bryant would remain the top player on the team. Even if the Lakers acquire Howard, it would be risky because it's not guaranteed he would sign an extension.

The Lakers have also maintained, according to various reports, that they won't trade Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol to secure Howard. Though I've argued that the Lakers should do it for their long-term future, the move still would leave holes in the backcourt and bench.

Deron Williams, Nets guard

Why it's unrealistic: Williams' future is tied to Howard, whether the Magic center lands in New Jersey or the two play out the rest of the season and bolt for the Dallas Mavericks via free agency. Multiple reports state the Lakers are also against trading Bynum unless it involves a deal for Howard.

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