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Dwight Howard latest: Three-team deal with Bynum to Rockets in play

Jul 10, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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The Lakers have not been able to swing a Dwight Howard for Andrew Bynum deal. The Rockets have not been able to convince Orlando to trade them Howard for picks and a few players.

So, how about a three way deal.

It’s being discussed, reports Eric Pincus at Hoopsworld (and confirmed by Marc Stein at ESPN).

HOOPSWORLD has learned that there have been preliminary discussions between the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets that would involve sending Andrew Bynum to the Rockets, Howard to the Lakers and a number of first-round picks, prospects and significant cap relief to the Magic.

The Magic are not necessarily in love with the idea of giving either Bynum or Brook Lopez a sizable, long-term commitment as they go through a major roster overhaul. Draft picks and prospects, a la the Denver Nuggets’ return on Carmelo Anthony, is said to be more appealing to Orlando.

While that’s out there, it is a long, long way from reality. Houston would have to take on Jason Richardson or one of the other Magic toxic contracts they want to dump? Is Lakers owner Jim Buss really ready to trade away Bynum and bet that Howard will re-sign when he has said he doesn’t want to go to L.A.? Tthe Rockets would be willing to rent Howard, but what about Bynum? And would Bynum agree to extend in Houston? And there are more questions.

The sides are talking, but the only thing for sure is that the Magic are talking to everyone now.

The Magic have pulled back following the death of the three-team Howard deal with Brooklyn and are looking at all their options.

That includes a straight up deal with the Nets (the one the Magic have basically rejected for a year now) or a straight up one with the Rockets not involving the Lakers. The Nets, however, are in talks with Brook Lopez and may just re-sign him and go with the team they have now (Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, et al.).

  1. chadinkc30 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Yes sir u are correct, but good luck getting idiots to understand that

  2. dalucks - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    You cannot have a long term relationship with someone who does not want to be with you.
    The grass is not greener on the other side.

  3. nobandwagonridersallowed - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Ugggghhh! Who cares?!?! I’m so sick of this Dwight Howard drama flooding the Sports world…. It’s like listening to, Skip Bayless constantly talk about Tim Tebow!!!!

    This just in! Dwight Howard just got traded for, Donald Trumps Hair Piece!!!

  4. paulhargis53 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Check me if I’m wrong beagle, but Kobe IS NOT. getting a divorce.
    Playing with Nowitski isn’t all bad either, they got rid of a lot of their older players.
    so, you’re wrong there too. Atlanta shed a ton of salary, so basically your post was about 20% right. Great job!

  5. kvanhorn87 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    2 things:
    1)The Sixers should facilitate this move and get Bynum. Tons of cheap talent and draft picks to give Orlando. Would love Bynum. This would help keep Brooklyn and Miami from running East for next 5 years. Miami on own has 2 with wades health.
    2) like others said, there is zero chance even if Jesus himself wants to sign Dwight. He will not leave max years and max dollars on the table. No one walks away from 25 million in NBA. Call his bluff. Worst case I am wrong, your team has given up tons of cheap young talent, loses Dwight after 1 year and is a bottom dweller. That means lotto picks. In this NBA, you are better off on bottom than in the middle. That is a shame!

    • andyreidisfat - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      As much as i am not Bynum fan i have to agree with the Sixers deal. Hell Orlando can have Iggy, because he sucks .. err I mean he’s an All Star.. wink wink nudge nudge.

      Seriously, Bynum Turner Young and the rest of the youngsters gives the sixers a chance, but alas thats a bold move and Thorn is dipsh$t who doesn’t do anything but sign and trade for 6’8 swingmen who can’t shoot.

  6. proballerslounge - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    New York Knicks

  7. thetooloftools - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    NO WAY do i want to see Cleveland involved in this deal.
    Kris Humpwhomever is a joke (their is no “I” in team, but their is “ME”).
    He’s baggage waiting to get shuffled around in trades for contract reasons…. you can’t build anything around him.
    What kills me is Cleveland doesn’t need to be involved in this transaction to help build another “collusion team”.
    I thought the tail was going to stop wagging the dog.
    I’m going to get real tired of the NBA if players continued to get overpaid in a few contracts and then just collude at the end of their careers to play on stacked teams because they already have the cash and now need the jewelry (NBA rings).
    This isn’t a good business model at all.

  8. chadinkc30 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    You are correct, & that’s coming from a Lakers fan! Makes sense, but the teams that wanna win…will! Same with baseball. Teams that wanna win at all costs consists of 8 teams in 2 sports & the others sell themselves to sell tickets

  9. chadinkc30 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    You are correct, & that’s coming from a Lakers fan! Makes sense, but the teams that wanna win…will! Same with baseball. Teams that wanna win at all costs consists of 8 teams in 2 sports & the others sell themselves to sell tickets

  10. jolink653 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    i’m not sure why dallas doesn’t get involved…they have the cap space and they could put a package together to get dwight and put him next to dirk in a big market and he wouldn’t have to live up to anyone’s legacy (which is why he won’t agree to a deal with the lakers)…seems like they would be the perfect fit for him

  11. somekat - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Iggy, Hawes, and 3 1st round picks for Howard, DO IT!!!

  12. imsoill - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Reasons why LA should act on Dwight:
    1) Although he doesn’t want to sign with LA, if he gets traded to LA he cannot go to New Jersey the following year because of the signing of Joe Johnson. And do you believe he will walk and go to Dallas or Cleveland (where they have enough cap space next year) over a place like LA?
    2) Although he says he doesn’t want to follow Shaq’s footsteps, it would be hard to turn down a max contract from the Lakers
    3) Bynum has said he wanted to play else where. He plays with no heart in the game. Although Howard is immature at times, his immaturity stems from Orlando’s inability to win championships and surround him with talented pieces. Bynum should be traded to Cleveland to be teamed up with Kyrie Irving who is a remarkable star (just witness what he did to the USA oylmpic team). Bynum>Mr. Kardashian
    4) Although offensively Bynum is better at the post, Howard brings the presence of superb defense. What the lakers need with Nash on board. Howards stats are also above Bynum is nearly every category.
    5) Howard is disgruntled about Kobe saying he would be the third option. Answer: Steve Nash. Steve Nash will make sure Howard gets his touches.
    6) Orlando gets more of a benefit then that horrid Nets trade. Three first round drafts picks from the Nets are not going to be lottery picks. Brook Lopez is not a perennial star and if they want to go in rebuild mode there is no point of keeping him. Cleveland can provide a plethora of young talent and draft picks. Cleveland may also want to pick up bad contracts from Orlando.
    This to me makes the most sense out of everything. And all three teams benefits.

  13. BigBeachBall - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    d12, gasol, artest, kobe, and nash

    my math isn’t good:

    4 all stars on one team?

    There is probably a lot of resistance against a scenario like this from the basketball gods.

  14. nokoolaidcowboy - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    Kobe and Howard on the same team? What could go wrong?

  15. charlutes - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    Not gonna happen.

  16. omniusprime - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    The Lakers would be stupid to trade for Howard. Laker fans don’t want that crybaby junking up our fabled court. The Lakers are better off keeping Bynum and seeing if they can resign him next year. The Lakers need to focus on getting rid of Steve Flake and finding a better younger point guard option to backing up Nash who won’t play defense. Plus dumping McRoberts and Murphy to get some real forwards on the team to back up Gasol and MWP.

    • paleihe - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      You’re right. It’s not like Bynum is immature, or anything like it. Howard is the best center in basketball. If you can make a deal to get him, you do it. Especially if you’re only giving up an injury prone center.

      I agree with you that the Lakers seriously need to upgrade their bench.

  17. Popular Thunder - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Rockets are desperate and are either going to tank or get Howard. I feel bad for them..

  18. bobthis - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    It’s hard to believe the Lakers can’t see what a head case Dwight Howard has become. The minute he gets unhappy he’ll throw his coach and teammates under the bus just like he did in Orlando. Gasol has no post season game and Bynum only plays when he feels like it but the Howard trade is not the answer.

  19. fpimentel72 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    I’m sorry, I am a Lakers fan and I don’t want Howard for Bynum, Bynum is young and he is going to be a superstar because we gave Steve Nash, he is going to get the ball more because of Steve and he basically have the same amount of rebounds so keep him.

  20. franchiseplaya - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    David Aldridge talked about an intriguing trade idea last nite. OKC trade harden/ibaka for howard. be hard for howard to say he wants to win ‘chips and walk away from durant/westbrook and ORL gets some value.

  21. tyler200829 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Guys Kobe is always going to better than LeBron because he never assembled a super team nor played surrounded by great talent (Nash, Howard, Shaq, Gasol) oh wait….

  22. jah1z - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    The Sport Media is heavily in the pockets of the east coast region and L.A. Writers like Marc Stein, Aldrige and others at Hoopsworld, SB Nation, ESPN etc., is leading fans to believe the Rockets are going after Bynum when in fact, the Rockets are in the driver’s seat for Howard. We don’t need the Lakers. We can do the trade straight up with Orlando.

    It’s the Lakers sticking their nose in our business and trying to make it their own. The Rockets management never once called on the Lakers to help facilitate a trade. They have nothing; no assets, no pieces (besides Bynum), no young prospects or draft picks so why is the media telling everyone that the “Rockets are joining the Lakers” in pursuit of Howard?

    It’s the Lakers joining the Rockets, and thinking they going to come away with Howard and actually think we stupid enough to take Bynum so they cab have Howard. Lol…..the absurdity of the Lakers. Smh!

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