The case for Lakers keeping D12 

January, 25, 2013
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It's hard to keep track of all the myriad issues the Los Angeles Lakers have to deal with at the moment, but with the trade deadline less than a month away, deciding what to do with Dwight Howard will be front and, ahem, center. D12 is set to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, so he holds all of the cards. There has been chatter of late that they could trade the big man, but presumably they would only get legitimate value in return if Howard is committed to signing long term with the team to which he is dealt.

While teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, and even the Miami Heat, could make fair offers to the Lakers, ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton considers the case for the Lakers holding onto Howard as the trade deadline passes:

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