Dwight Howard may soon find out he can't have it both ways.
He wants to remain with the Orlando Magic through this season, but refuses to sign a long-term deal or an extension. In turn, ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reports Howard's plea has only pushed them closer to trading him before Thursday's trade deadline.
Meanwhile, the Lakers may also soon find out they can't have it both ways. As much as I've advocated in the past for the Lakers to acquire Howard, even if it means trading Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, Howard's latest reaction should give the Lakers some pause. Below are the pros and cons.
Pros: Howard's still the best center in the game. It doesn't matter if Andrew Bynum's game has flourished or if the Lakers lose their depth by also losing Gasol. Howard's arrival ensures the Lakers a legitimate franchise player following Kobe Bryant's career. Considering the deal would have to involve a package to match salaries, it's possible such an acquisition could fill the Lakers' other needs. They range from point guard (Jameer Nelson), small forward (Hedo Turkoglu) or three-point shooting (Turkoglu, Jason Richardson). As flaky as Howard sounds about his intentions during free agency, the Hollywood lure, Bryant's intensity and perhaps a magical playoff run will convince him to stay.