ESPN’s Chris Broussard and his band of merry, anonymous sources set the wheels in motion by saying the Lakers are unofficially officially in the running to grab not just Dwight Howard but Chris Paul too. According to Broussard, the Lakers are willing to part with anyone on their roster not named Kobe Bryant in order to bring in the two young superstars. The only question(s) remaining would be how the organization will pull off the move(s) but they do have trade bait – Odom, Bynum and Gasol – and the money available to possibly make it happen.
I’ll believe this blockbuster when it happens. After their playoff exit last season, we speculated the Lakers would embark on major moves in order to shake things up and, despite fans’ efforts to keep him, Dwight has already expressed his frustration with Orlando and the desire to search for greener grass. The wild card here is Paul, who was most recently rumored to be eyeing the Knicks.
However, trade speculation > failed negotiating meetings any day of the week. Twice on Tuesdays.
Update: Start a rumor and another rumor follows as “one anonymous GM” tells Fox Sports Sam Amico that no one wants the Lakers old guys. Also to be noted, there’s a report that Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide has decided to retire but not before supposedly drunk-dialing Howard and encouraging him to stay in Orlando.
Update #2: Well, son of gun, looks like the owner did drunk-dial the player.
Vander Weide confirmed that he made a 1 a.m. phone call in recent days to Magic superstar Dwight Howard, and Howard thought Vander Weide may have been intoxicated. On that call, Vander Weide told Howard how much the Magic wanted to keep him in Orlando. “I was playing paddle with friends and had a couple of glasses of wine,” Vander Weide told BHSN. “Maybe Dwight thought it was inappropriate to talk business after a couple of glasses of wine… Maybe I should have waited until the morning.” [CF News 13]
Imagine your boss hitting you up in the of the night, carrying on in a tone similar to Drake’s in “Marvin’s Room.”