THE DWIGHT HOWARD TRADE

Lakers received Dwight Howard, Earl Clark and Chris Duhon

Cohen’s Analysis: Many assumed that the Lakers – with a cast complete of household names and celebrities – would challenge the Heat for the title last season. Not only did that fail miserably because of injuries, pitiable chemistry and individual regression, Howard decided to bolt Hollywood for Houston afterwards.

While the Lakers, as a result of Dwight’s chosen path, will have plenty of salary cap space to chase a marketable free agent next summer and may be deprived enough this season to land a high draft pick in June, this was not the forecast L.A. predicted when it acquired Howard in the summer of 2012.

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