I don't think it's any secret that Howard originally wanted to be traded to Brooklyn. I think what happened was Howard saw that the Nets simply couldn't put a trade offer good enough for Orlando to accept. In short the trade to Brooklyn wasn't gonna happen. He finally came to this conclusion and realized that the best place for him both marketing and basketball was in Los Angeles with the Lakers. He'd get a chance to play with two first ballot hall of famers in Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash and also a probable future hall of famer in Pau Gasol. Howard wouldn't been an idiot to pass up that kind of opportunity to play with so much talent.
I also think Dwight got some bad advice, the entire situation was handled very poorly and some of it was his fault, but not all of it. He's still a young guy and relatively immature. I think you saw that during this whole Dwightmare. To his Dwight's credit he wised up and now here we're in October getting ready for a season where we have a legit shot at winning a championship. Just forget about all the non sense and just play basketball. Winning cures everything. Dwight's rep has taken a bit of a hit, but he can fix it. Just win a championship and everything will be forgotten.
I've said it before, but Howard's biggest impact is gonna be defensively. He's the best defensive anchor in the game by a good margin. Bynum at times was a great defensive anchor, but not on a consistent every night basis. He is really slow at rotating although having two huge defensive liabilities like Blake and Sessions didn't help. Howard has made a living throughout his career of making others look better on the defensive end.
Dwight has never really played with a good defender. Now he'll be playing with Metta World Peace who when healthy and in shape which he appears to be now is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. Kobe is also still a solid defender and a great one when he wants to be like in the Olympics. Nash is a bit of a liability, but no worse than Sessions and Blake were. Howard is gonna make guys look so much better on defense. Offensively he'll get his touches in the post, but with so many offensive options on this team with guys like Nash, Kobe, Pau, Jamison, World Peace etc. alot of his baskets will come off put backs and alley oops. He should shoot well over 60 percent.
All in all I fully expect Dwight to have his greatest season as a pro. Maybe not statistically, but from an impact stand point. I would say he'll average around 19 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks, 63 percent shooting, 25 PER, and at least a TS percentage over 60. Probably higher. I don't think he'll win MVP, but he could end up being in the discussion at the very least.