The Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggers are reportedly engaged in four-way trade talks that would send Dwight Howard to the Lakers, according to a Yahoo! Sports report, but a deal is not “imminent.”
From the Yahoo! Sports report:
There are multiple moving parts in the fluid talks, but the framework of a possible deal includes Howard and Denver forward Al Harrington going to the Lakers, Philadelphia guard Andre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum moving to the 76ers, and Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol and Denver guard Arron Affalo going to the Magic, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
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The Magic would have a better chance of moving Gasol in another deal to get further assets, sources said, and eliminate the risk of Bynum leaving them as a free agent in 2013. Nevertheless, there was still a sense that Gasol’s and Bynum’s destinations could be fluid in the talks. Either way, one would go to Orlando and the other to Philadelphia, sources said.
The proposed deal includes the Magic also gaining draft picks and salary-cap relief, sources said.
Howard, 26, is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and averaged 20.6 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 54 games last season.