The Los Angeles Lakers have a steep price for Dwight Howard, that is if the Golden State Warriors want to do a sign-and-trade with them.
According to the Los Angeles times, the Lakers want both of the Warriors’ prized youngsters: Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes. Yes, quite a price indeed.
Yes indeed. Barnes AND Thompson. Too early for me the day after a holiday. Ugh…
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) July 5, 2013
The Warriors are trying to steer themselves clear of the Lakers. ESPN reported Sunday afternoon that they’re attempting to clear cap space so they can sign Howard outright. Meaning, they don’t want the Lakers to be an obstacle, which looks like a feasible scenario, especially since they’re division rivals.
Initially, the Lakers insisted that no sign-and-trades would be made. They’ve changed their mind, but as I just alluded to, their price is steep. The Warriors could avoid giving up both Thompson and Barnes by signing Howard outright, though one of them might have to be included in their effort to clear cap space.
In order to sign Howard outright, they’d have to trade at least two of their three expiring contracts: Andrew Bogut, Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins. Marc Stein reports that this is a possibility.
So yes, the Lakers are now open to a sign-and-trade. There were once rumors that they’d be willing take Thompson or Barnes, not both, along with Bogut and Brandon Rush, two expiring contracts. But as they’ve become more open to a sign-and-trade, their price has conceivably skyrocketed.