BTW, my previous post was not an argument against Houston trying to acquire Howard; I believe they should, especially if either Parsons or Asik stays with the Rockets under any sign-&-trade scenarios. I just find it hard to believe Howard and his handlers would leave LA, especially with Bryant's retirement age seemingly accelerated after his injury.
I can't say if D-12 will leave or not........I'm just saying (don't dismiss our chances) we are the one team that is keeping the lakers front office up at night while the lakers do still have the best chance, we aren't far off the pace. I think D-12 is trying to handle the FA issue a little differently this time around. staying more out of the media with his indecisions. ........as for the brotherhood in the rockets locker room.......most of these players will be back even if we acquire D-12.......the best the lakers can hope to get from us via sign and trade is j-lin. if D-12 elects to leave it takes away all the bargaining power of the lakers and rather than loose D-12 for nothing they will be more willing to deal. remember when Cleveland said they would not work a sign and trade with Miami, but once LeBron was no longer on the table for them it softened their stance didn't it? that's what may happen to the lakers. they can continue to spread all the propaganda they want, but howard still holds the keys.