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Dwight Howard Rumors: Kobe Bryant Makes Trade For Orlando Magic Center To Lakers Undesirable

You would think playing with Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant would be enough to make you really desire a trade to LA. But it might not be enough for Orlando Magic big man Dwight Howard, who really not just wants to be on a great team, but be its most marketable star.

Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated files this report.

Though it may pain the purists, it's not just about basketball for Howard. He wants to take his brand global, to leverage the international influence of Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov while building his brand as Brooklyn's first star. His wandering eye is enticed not only by the Barclays Center that is set to open next season, but the businesses in the booming area around it that could afford many off-court opportunities. He wants, as one source said, to "be Kobe Bryant, not be with Kobe Bryant." Of course, it's hardly that simple.

This seems to be a big sticking point for Dwight. Superman is already a big superstar, but he'd have to play second fiddle to Kobe for at least the next few years. While the Lakers might be an instant contender to win championships with Howard defending and Bryant closing, it doesn't fit at all with what makes the most sense for this team. If he really wants his own team, the New Jersey Nets are probably the team that fits what Howard is looking for.

The bright side for Lakers fans is they might not have to worry so much about losing Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol if they can't get Howard, and they know that they'll be riding with the team they have now.

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