Trade talks between the Lakers and Magic surrounding Dwight Howard appear to be back on.
A deal between Los Angeles and Orlando fell through in July, in part, because of the teams' inability to find a third club to take on Andrew Bynum. The Magic don't want Bynum because he is a free agent in 2013. The Cavs and Rockets were two such teams that had been suggested as possible facilitators.
Pau Gasol could be traded before the start of the upcoming NBA season.
The latest potential trade would include both the Nuggets and 76ers. Several big names would be moved, and Bynum wouldn't be the only Lakers star headed somewhere else.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Pau Gasol might be dealt as well.
An agreement would send Howard and Al Harrington to L.A., Andre Iguodala to Denver, Bynum to the 76ers and Gasol and Aaron Affalo to Orlando. Nothing is imminent, but talks have become serious over the past few days.
The Magic would receive draft picks in such a deal, and get some much needed salary cap relief. Those are the two most important factors in Orlando agreeing to a trade.
Orlando would prefer to acquire Gasol over Bynum. Bynum would be hard to move in another deal because of his impending free agency, and the Magic are unsure if he would sign a long-term contract with them. There's a good chance that Gasol would eventually be traded for young players and more draft picks if he does go to Orlando.
The Magic have been looking to unload either Jason Richardson or Hedo Turkoglu in any trade that involves Howard. Neither player was mentioned in this possible deal.
Wojnarowski says the parameters of the trade could change. Bynum and Gasol would likely be moved, but their destinations are not set in stone.
Iguodala has long been rumored to be sought out by the Lakers. Now, it looks like he could be involved in a deal with Los Angeles, but end up in Denver.
Howard has been in trade rumors for virtually the whole offseason. He's made it clear that he won't stay in Orlando when his contract expires in 2013, and the Magic have been weighing their options for weeks.
The Nets were the early frontrunners to land the center, but are now out of the running. Brook Lopez would be the centerpiece of a deal between the two teams, and he can't be traded until Jan. 15 because of his recent contract extension.
If the trade goes through and Howard joins the purple and gold, he'll still likely become a free agent next summer. He can sign a more lucrative deal in the offseason if he tests the market, though he's expected to re-sign with L.A.
Gasol may be moved, even though his teammate Kobe Bryant has been adamant about the Lakers keeping him. Bryant recently said that Gasol would be with L.A. as long as he is in Los Angeles.
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