Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando. Orlando, by all accounts, wants to trade Dwight Howard. It has not happened yet, and you have to keep hearing about it. Sorry.
It has been a long time since we heard any movement in the Dwight Howard trade talks and instead we have heard seething frustration that a deal is not getting done. The Magic are still hard at work to find a landing spot for Howard while still getting the package they want.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports the Magic and Lakers are discussing a potential four-team deal that would send Howard and Al Harrington to the Lakers, Pau Gasol and Arron Afflalo to the Magic, Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets and Andrew Bynum to the 76ers.
The Magic have long been thought to want draft picks and young players in return for Dwight Howard, with perhaps hopes of bottoming out and winning the lottery. So acquiring Gasol as the main piece in the Dwight Howard trade might be the opposite of what they look for. Wojnarowski reported it is likely the Magic would rather have Gasol than Bynum because they would then have more time to flip Gasol for the assets they want. It also might come with the side effect of keeping Orlando competitive for one more year.
There are a lot of moving pieces obviously in any four-team deal and likely the major pieces are not the only pieces moving.
The important thing is that the Magic get rid of Howard and he goes somewhere he is willing to stay long term -- so we do not have to hear about this again. The question again is what would Denver and Philadelphia get out of this?no comments