After more than two weeks of silence in the Dwightmare saga, another Dwight Howard trade scenario that’s being discussed was revealed Thursday. The latest news has the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers joining in the talks between the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers that could ultimately put Dwight Howard in a Lakers uniform, Yahoo! Sports is reporting.
Talks have taken place this week and have “grown serious,” Yahoo! said, citing league sources, although a trade is not considered imminent.
The deal, as reported by Wojnarowski, would send Howard and Nuggets forward Al Harrington to the Lakers; 76ers guard Andre Iguodala would be moved to Denver; Bynum would be dealt to Philadelphia; and Gasol and Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo would go to Orlando.
The proposed scenario also includes the Magic receiving draft picks and salary-cap relief, the sources told Yahoo.
Lakers haven’t had any success in two-way talks with the Magic, with very little to offer in picks. The Lakers gave the Phoenix Suns their 2013 and 2015 first-round picks as part of the Steve Nash trade.
The Lakers always have been willing to trade for Howard without assurances he’d re-sign with them after the season, believing that once Howard experienced a championship culture he would want to stay.