Lakers Trade Rumors: Kobe Bryant Would Support Dwight Howard Trade, Doubts Center's Commitment
The NBA trade deadline is just a few days away, and rumors are still surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers, particularly forward Pau Gasol and center Dwight Howard. While general manager Mitch Kupchak insists his team will not make any moves, at least one deal would have the support of Los Angeles' star player.
Fox Sports reported on Tuesday that guard Kobe Bryant would support Kupchak if he traded Howard. Bryant, along with Gasol and fellow guard Steve Nash, apparently doubt Howard's toughness and commitment to the squad. They particularly wonder if he has the desire necessary to help lead the Lakers during their push for a postseason berth.
Bryant and Howard have clashed at times this season, particularly during a team meeting in January. The Los Angeles Times reported that Bryant asked the center at the meeting if he disliked playing with the guard.
"Listen, I really think people ran in the wrong direction with those quotes," Bryant said. "And I think that put Dwight on the defense, put him a little on edge. But that wasn't the intention, nor the purpose."
Fox Sports also reports that Howard himself would be open to a trade, particularly to the Pau Gasol2 or Pau Gasol3. The center, whose contract expires at the end of the 2013 season, would be willing to sign a long-term deal with either of those teams.
However, it's unclear if one of these teams is interested in making this trade rumor a reality. Pau Gasol4 reported in January that Brooklyn had not engaged in any talks for the center, instead choosing to back their own All-Star big man, Pau Gasol5.
The Mavericks, however, could still be a destination for Howard. Pau Gasol6 reported last week that owner Pau Gasol7 is looking to make a deal before this week's deadline, despite statements to the contrary from team president Donnie Nelson and coach Pau Gasol8. However, Cuban noted that he is having trouble finding a partner for a trade.
"It takes two teams to trade," Cuban said. "There's a lot of deals we would make [laughs], but nobody seems willing to do what we want to do. You never know, but nothing imminent. The bank's still open."
It is unclear if the Lakers are one of the team Cuban is referring to in this quote. However, the ESPN Dallas report noted that the Mavericks will still pursue Howard unless they can trade for an established player before the deadline.
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