ESPN.com, using unnamed sources, reported late Monday that the Lakers are willing to trade anyone on their roster except Kobe Bryant in order to get Dwight Howard away from the Orlando Magic and/or Chris Paul away from the New Orleans Hornets. Question isn’t whether it can be done. Anything is possible. Question is would it be wise to break up a team that failed in its bid last spring to win a third consecutive NBA championship? Does it make sense for GM Mitch Kupchak to tear up the roster and start over? Does anybody remember what kind of magic Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom produced during back-to-back championship runs? Is Howard really superior to Bynum?
Personally, I’d like to see Paul in a Lakers uniform because I think their biggest weakness is at point guard. Derek Fisher and Steve Blake didn’t impress last season, showing their age. Paul’s addition would address a need. Trading for Howard would address a want.