Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard have had at least one phone call in which they discussed how a potential trade that would send the Orlando Magic star to the Los Angeles Lakers would play out, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Bryant and Howard reportedly discussed how the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year might fit into the Lakers’ scheme. According to the Times, Howard came away from the conversation feeling as if he wouldn’t be the Lakers’ top offensive option, that it was in fact Bryant’s team.
The 26-year-old Magic center has had a rocky relationship with the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2004 over the past few months. It was reported that Howard had demanded a trade to the Nets at the onset of training camp, however more recent reports indicate that he may be willing to stay in Orlando if the club can convince him that they can build a championship team. The Magic are currently second the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference with a 10-4 record. Howard has averaged 19.0 points and 14.8 rebounds per game this season.