Tell me if you’ve heard this one before—Dwight Howard, considered by many to be the NBA’s best big man—is making rumbles that he’s not happy with his situation and wants out. Here we go again.
Less than half a season since finally forcing a trade from the Orlando Magic, Howard is giving hints that he may walk away from his new team—the Los Angeles Lakers—via free agency at the end of the season.
So, what’s the Lakers to do? The consensus among league experts is the Lakers need to hold on the former NBA Defensive Players of the Year and not pursue a deal prior to the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
The Lakers have been a disaster for most of the season and Howard’s constant whining is an act that wears thin quickly, no doubt. But despite that, L.A.’s sharp 105-96 win and cover against the Oklahoma City Thunder can leave a handicapper quickly formulating the possibilities. Howard is still putting up All-Star numbers (16.7 points a game and a league-leading 12.1 rebounds a game) and remains the league’s most dominant big man.
It would be premature to trade Howard, as the Lakers still have the chance to win a bunch of their games over the remainder of the season.