NBA Trade Rumors: Why Dwight Howard Should Wind Up in Los Angeles

Kevin AbblittCorrespondent IIIJuly 10, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 06:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic grimmaces during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Amway Center on February 6, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard's era in Orlando has fallen off the deep end. These past few months have been exhausting for the Magic's front office. That signature cheeky smile has been hard to come by anymore.

He has become the terminal cancer for the Magic. Behind-the-scenes scuffles and contract issues have lead to more and more negativity surrounding No. 12.

The Magic are fed up with his antics and are ready to turn the page. The Nets are the most realistic trading partner, as the Cavaliers, Clippers, Magic and Nets are inching closer to signing on the dotted line.

But is it the right decision? The answer is no. The most attractive team is the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers made headlines recently by the acquisition of a veteran leader in Steve Nash to run the point. Los Angeles retrieved a proven winner and selfless teammate who makes everyone around him better.

With Nash handling the ball at center court, the Lakers chances of returning to their championship-caliber form are greatly strengthened. 

The opportunity to play with veteran leaders in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace and Nash is an opportunity that cannot be passed. Howard would be a fool to not join the party in Los Angeles.

With another year under the belt, Kobe isn't getting any younger. If the signing of Nash isn't a telltale sign that they want to win now, then I don't know what is. With Kobe's window of opportunity closing, the front office knows that it is now or never. 

Nash's Hall of Fame career could desperately use some color to accompany his name for good measure. Nash knows his time is also nearing the final chapter. But before he hangs up the uniform, he wants one last shot at making a title run.

Howard desperately wants to become a part of the winning formula and join the championship company as well. 

With Brooklyn, he will undeniably alleviate much of the pain from the suffering of losing seasons and give them an optimistic outlook heading into 2012. However, if he chooses to become a part of the Nets organization, his career will spoil out.

History is riding the coattails of the Lakers and No. 24.

If and when he becomes a member of the Lakers, the Staples Center will turn into one giant block party. With Howard's wingspan underneath and Nash's ability to create opportunities off the dribble, the Lakers can be penciled in for the 2013 finals.  

If he wants to resurrect his career and get back to the winning ways, his best option is to follow the Hollywood lights and get cozy next to Jack Nicklaus and the fellow stars.