Lakers Won’t Sign And Trade Howard

June 15 2013 at 9:07am CDT By Zach Links

If Dwight Howard leaves the Lakers this summer, the Lakers won't help pave his way to a new destination with a sign-and-trade deal, sources tell Mark Heisler of CBS Los Angeles.  Barring a great deal that they don’t expect to be offered, insiders say the club’s fallback position would be to bring back this team and bank the savings.

Even though they wouldn't salvage something for their star center, they would save roughly $50MM in salary and luxury tax.  That would put them under the luxury tax threshold after next season, which has been a Laker priority for some time but is even more important given the stiff penalties of the new CBA.  Those savings would give the Lakers $55MM worth of cap space for the 2014 free agent class, which could include LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

The Lakers acquired Howard knowing they would have to pay him an average of ~$23.6MM per season, because of his unique value. If they lose him, the Lakers would only pay that much for someone else they think has unique value, Heisler writes.

5 thoughts on “Lakers Won’t Sign And Trade Howard

  1. Lakers starting lineup after 2014 off season.
    PG : Steve Nash
    SG : Kobe Bryant
    SF : Carmelo Anthony
    PF : LeBron James
    C : Pau Gasol

    1. Yeah ok…James/Anthony will go to the Lakers to play with an old Nash/Kobe/Gasol. They would also be fine with earning about 10 million a piece since the Lakers won’t have enough cap space to sign all of those guys. I think Lebron is going to go back to Cleveland when it is all said and done…

        1. Not as good as you may think…Nash already looks old so tack another year of wear and tear on his body. Kobe is coming of an injury that is very difficult to recover from and Gasol is already in his 30’s and on the decline. If they had that lineup this year that would be crazy, but every year that passes that lineup looks worse and worse…

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