Cohen: It Would Make Sense If...

 

 

5 of 5 THIS TRADE WENT DOWN BY DEADLINE

  

Cohen's Analysis: If the Lakers continue to stumble and if there is any potential danger that Dwight Howard will leave as a free agent over the summer, L.A. may indeed explore options by the deadline.

If the Wolves are not on the verge of advancing to the playoffs for the first time since 2004 and there remains turmoil and tension between Kevin Love and management, it’s possible Love could be traded.

If there was still any opportunity to land Howard – as they so desperately attempted before he was shipped to L.A. – the Nets may play ball.

While it’s extremely premature to toss all these circumstances into the pot and press the “Go” button, It would make sense if L.A., Minnesota and Brooklyn negotiated a three-team deal by the deadline that involved Howard, Love and Brook Lopez. Dwight would head to Brooklyn, Love to L.A. and Lopez, who can’t be traded until January after signing a new contract over the summer, to Minnesota.

Listen, this likely won’t happen because the Lakers are so invested in trying to keep Howard for the long haul. But if there is any bend in that standpoint, this proposed deal would seem rational. There would probably be other elements to the deal considering there will be some talent overlap (for instance, Lopez would have to replace Nikola Pekovic), but the premise sounds promising for all the teams involved.

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