To me there is no reason not to believe the Lakers are shopping Dwight. That whole team clearly just does not fit together, but couldn't they get a more sure-fire haul than a PG who is going to be coming off ACL surgery with no 100% guarentee of being the same player when he comes back, and there's also no guarentee he'll be back right at the beginning of next season.
The Lakers are gonna want young talent going forward, but they also are in a position to maximize Kobe's last years. They are taking a huge risk trading for a guy coming off an ACL tear. It just seems crazy for the Lakers to do.
The more I think about it for the Celtics, the more I'd come to accept it despite my pure hatred for Dwight Howard because it makes sense. The pairing of KG and Dwight down low would be scary for other teams.
I think I'd even do the deal without Dwight accepting an extension. If he didn't. You hope KG and Pierce retire as Celtics in the offseason or trade them and let the draft lottery rebuilding begin.