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Would Dwight Howard Renew Lakers Dynasty?

At this juncture it seems that the Los Angeles Lakers are the odds on favorite to land three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Dwight Howard, in a huge trade. If it goes through, it is expected that the trade would send Howard to the Lakers, Andrew Bynum to the Cavaliers and Anderson Varejao to the Magic along with multiple draft picks. But would Howard renew the success that the Lakers have had in the past?

Tom Ziller of SB Nation's NBA hub doesn't exactly think so:

The Lakers would be a legit title contender so long as Nash (38 years old) and Kobe (closing in on 34) were highly productive, but they wouldn't likely be a championship favorite in any season, let alone multiple seasons. Landing Nash and Howard would be great, but wouldn't renew the Lakers dynasty.

The big winners in the deal, according to Ziller, would be the Cavs:

What a Howard-Bynum deal could do, though, is turn the Cavaliers into something special. Kyrie Irving might be the game's best young point guard not named Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook. He could end up better than either. Giving him a productive, elite center at this juncture would be trouble for the rest of the East. Bynum is 24, Irving is 20 and Cleveland has prospects like Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller in the mix.

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