Those NBA trade rumors for the 2012 offseason involving Dwight Howard just don't seem to go away. In the latest installment, it's being rumored that the Cleveland Cavaliers will get involved to help the LA Lakers obtain the big man, while the Cavs would obtain one of their own!
With Howard trade rumors once involving Brooklyn, and more recently involving Atlanta, Houston, and Los Angeles, fans continue to wonder if there will ever be closure to the story. Now, there's new speculation that the Cavaliers could once again get involved in helping the trade out. However, it would come at a hefty price as they'd take center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers to help them get Howard.
The NBA Talk 2.0 Facebook page recently reported:
"Cleveland is now reported to be the 3rd to team to make the Dwight to Lakers trade work. If this happens, Cleveland will get Andrew Bynum and Orlando will get prospects and future picks. Bynum has also said that he is willing to sign an extension if he is dealt to the Cavs. If this happens, Cleveland will be a menace in the East in future seasons to come with Bynum, Waiters and Kyrie Irving."
Bynum was a Western Conference All-Star last year, and has been heralded as one of the top centers in the league, behind Howard. If Cleveland were able to add him to their current roster, along with Kyrie Irving, and their newest rookie acquisitions from the draft, they might be able to climb closer to the lower tier of playoff contention in the East.
Meanwhile, even though Dwight Howard has clearly stated he wanted to be in Brooklyn, not Orlando, would he complain if he wound up playing with Kobe and Nash in LA? It seems like an ideal place to go to win a championship, and if that trio is officially made a reality, it gives serious competition to the Oklahoma City Thunder and then the Miami Heat for the NBA championship. Even with just Nash and Kobe there now and the other players the Lakers have, they will be a tough out, but add in D-Howard and you've got serious contenders.
It seems like it may be all up to Cleveland to help this along, and if they get their way, they're sending Howard to the other conference, while adding an All-Star to their own roster. Seems like a smart move by Cavs management, if they can get it to all work out!
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