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With nothing but uncertainty surrounding the purple and gold, the rumors of trading their greatest moveable asset are starting to surface.
The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly willing to explore potential trade offers involving superstar center Dwight Howard due to his growing unhappiness with his role on the team, according to ESPN Los Angeles
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Of all the potential destinations, the Brooklyn Nets seem to be the most viable destination for the All-Star.
The Lakers are 17-24 through 41 games in the 2012-13 season, and Howard hasn't looked comfortable in first year head coach Mike D'Antoni's system. Because he will be a free agent following this season and the Lakers have had no assurances that he will remain with the team and sign a long-term deal at season's end, the Lakers may be forced to recoup some value for him rather than risk losing him for nothing.
The three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year recently expressed his displeasure with getting limited touches within the framework of the Lakers' fast-paced offense. With Kobe Bryant shooting at an exceptionally high rate, Howard has struggled to get touches and find opportunities to score.
There's also the question of his health, as he's less than one year removed from back surgery and has looked limited physically at times throughout the season. The Lakers could potentially find themselves in a disastrous situation if he were to be traded and then perform at 100 percent health for another team.