Hawks rumors: Atlanta to make run at Lakers’ Dwight Howard

While there is “widespread belief” that the Los Angeles Lakers won’t trade Dwight Howard, several teams feel the Atlanta Hawks are set to make a “serious run” at the center, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

Howard has received assurance from Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak that he won’t be traded. Still, questions remain regarding the big man’s future in Los Angeles and whether or not he’ll re-sign with the club this summer.

Rather than risk losing him for nothing, the Lakers could elect to trade him before the upcoming deadline. Howard is thought to want to play first for the Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks, but there is also reported interest in Atlanta.

The Hawks are a team that appears poised to make some sort of deal this week, as they’ve reportedly been fielding offers for Josh Smith. If they were to acquire Howard, Atlanta would have room to sign him to a max five-year deal this summer.

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