Lakers, Magic, Cavs Talk Three-Team Deal
The Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed a three-team deal that would send disgruntled superstar Dwight Howard to Los Angeles, according to sources close to the situation. The three teams have discussed a number of scenarios. While no trade is imminent, the talks are ongoing.
One scenario would send Howard to Los Angeles, Andrew Bynum to Cleveland and a package of picks and prospects to Orlando, according to sources.
The Lakers would land Howard, who they have been aggressively pursuing for quite some time.
The Cavaliers would acquire a second star to put alongside Kyrie Irving, one that they should be able to keep long-term since Cleveland has been mentioned as a team that Bynum will consider signing an extension with.
The Magic would acquire a number of prospects and draft picks as well as a significant amount of cap relief, which is exactly what they want in exchange for Howard. Rather than bringing in veterans who will keep the team competitive, Orlando wants to stockpile young talent and completely rebuild.
The Houston Rockets remain interested in Howard and they’ve also been in contact with Magic brass in recent days. The Rockets’ money is currently tied up in restricted free agents Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, whom they’ve signed to offer sheets.
At this point, there’s no clear frontrunner for Howard, but the Lakers and Rockets are certainly leading the charge for the six-time All-Star.