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Reheated rumor: Cavaliers reportedly back as third team in Howard to Lakers trade

Jul 18, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

Dwight Howard

You spin me right round, baby; right round like a record, baby; Right round round round…

I wish the Dwight Howard trade were dead or alive.

Instead it keeps limping along in unlikely incarnations as the Lakers make one more push for it before throwing in the towel and talking to Andrew Bynum about a max extension. Which is going to start happening soon. But they are making one more push.

Ric Bucher of ESPN has the latest rumor, which is really the same as an old rumor pulled out and thrown in the toaster oven, reheated for your consumption. And even he tells you maybe you don’t want to swallow this.

The Cleveland Cavaliers may have inched ahead of the Houston Rockets as a facilitator in a potential trade that would send Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, sources said Wednesday. One source familiar with the talks, though, cautioned not to make too much of that shift just yet…

The Cavaliers would land Lakers center Andrew Bynum for a package of draft picks and veteran power forward Anderson Varejao, according to one league source. The Lakers would receive Howard for Bynum. Orlando would get Varejao and draft picks. The source said this was merely the framework of a deal being discussed.

And we’re back to the stumbling blocks. Who takes on Jason Richardson and his oversized contract? Bynum has listed Cleveland as one of the teams he would re-sign with — to make a very nice pick-and-roll combo with Kyrie Irving — but Cleveland will want a commitment not just pretty words. The Lakers reportedly will move ahead thinking they can win Howard over, commitment or not.

And since the Magic are going to flip Varejao in this scenario, those had better be some sweet draft picks and a whole lot of them.

Despite what Laker fans are trying to talk themselves into — and no doubt this would be a good trade for them, Howard is a considerable upgrade over Bynum — this is about as close to reality right now as my 8-year-old daughter swimming in the Olympics in eight years. (If you’re wondering how close that is, she has my genes and I’m a blogger.)

  1. Kevin S. - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    If Gilbert actually facilitates Howard going to the Lakers, after that tantrum he threw over the CP3 trade… man, talk about a whole new level of chutzpuh. Especially since Orlando’s return here would be way worse than what the Hornets would have gotten from LA and Houston for Paul. So basically, the Lakers aren’t allowed to trade for stars unless it helps Dan Gilbert’s team.

    • ljl2 - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      Are you unaware of the truth of the CP3 trade regarding Gilbert or just don’t care? His email to Stern, which was meant to be private and leaked from someone, was sent after the deal was already killed (Adrian Wojnarowski reported this).

      What do you have to gain by blasting Dan Gilbert for something that multiple owners were reported as doing (though no other one was publicly named or the emails leaked to the public).

      This is just as bad as the myth of the Amar’e-Hickson trade. People saying that the Cavs refused to trade JJ when Steve Kerr admitted he was the one that pulled the plug on the deal.

      I guess its okay to ignore facts as long as it helps people bash Cleveland though.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        I didn’t say he got the trade killed, I said he threw a tantrum over it. True. Also, unless you’re going to claim that the letter was forged, whether it was intended to be private or not doesn’t change the fact that it was written. I know that your life’s miserable if you’re in Cleveland, but really, people would be ripping Dan Gilbert for being a giant douchenozzle regardless of what team he owned. They’re not all out to get you just because of the city your team is located in. Get over yourself.

  2. tampajoey - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Yeah Kurt, we’ve seen your picture. We know you’re fat.

  3. rohlo - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    regardless of what cleveland,lakers and magic talk about,the rocketsare in the best position to offer orlando what they want.the lottery pick they have from toronto is higher than any pick cleveland can offer andlakers have basically no pick worth value.bynum had said rockets were top of his list befroe all this started.he said if he hits free agency rockets were #1.now ith lin there and all that asin endorsement money the stakes are raised.plus texas has no state income taxes.its either gonna be bynum going to rockets in 3 team deal with howard going to la or howard will go to rockets.they know he sint gonna play much this season as why they are signing asik from bulls.there will be to much money on the table if he is tradedto houston for him to not resign.they will be able to offer him most money by 20 million and not to mention chinese endorsement money now!! just like when yao was there mcgradys jersy was # 1 selling jersey in china!!!

  4. rohlo - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    also if cleveland owner helps facilitate another superteam then he will be known as a hypocrite for all the sh it he talked about lebron leaving for miami…

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