Dwight Howard has been rumored to be on his way out of Los Angeles for several weeks now. However, his ejection from the Lakers loss to the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 20, 2013, once more looks to be adding fuel to the fire that he could be dealt in the coming weeks before the February trade deadline.
A second technical foul late in the first half of the Lakers game saw the player given his marching orders despite it being questionable at best. Following the game Howard was clearly frustrated and had little to really say according to his comments to ESPN Los Angeles:
They didn't explain. I didn't do anything to get ejected.
Ain't nothing they can do now. We lost the game.
Fellow teammate Kobe Bryant also was adamant about the ejection being questionable but was nothing that could be done:
I really don't agree with that one at all. What's a player supposed to do? A guy cuts in front when he's trying to walk back up the court.
An official told me he should just walk away. I said, 'Which direction? Should he just turn around a just walk to the bench?'
As the Lakers have now lost their eighth game in their last ten, Howard continues to be looked at as a major potential trade to be made. The Atlanta Hawks are thought to be leading the way with their potential Josh Smith plus additional incentives move for the Lakers' big Georgia native.
The fact that Lakers legend Magic Johnson himself called for Howard to be used to bring in new players is enough in itself to know that all is not right with the Los Angeles club at the current moment.
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