Apr 9, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (right) gives encouragement to point guard Jameer Nelson (14) during the third quarter at Amway Center. Orlando defeated Detroit 119-89. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Dwight Howard Traded To Lakers, Magic Get Back Players, Draft Picks According To Report

Dwight Howard has been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report. The Orlando Magic will get back multiple players and three first-round picks in a four-team blockbuster deal.

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Of Course The Orlando Magic Passed On Andre Iguodala

While many will criticize the deal the Orlando Magic got in return for Dwight Howard, it's not nearly as bad as it looks.

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What The Magic Are Getting In Return For Dwight Howard

The Orlando Magic completed a trade sending Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, pending league approval. But, what did the Magic really get in return for the best big man in the NBA?

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Dwight Howard Trade: Lakers, Magic, Sixers, Nuggets Deal Done, According To Report

Shortly after reports surfaced that the Magic, along with three other teams, would be conducting a trade call with the league on Friday morning, ESPN filed a second report indicating that the a deal sending Dwight Howard from Orlando to the Lakers is complete. While the big piece is obviously Howard landing in LA, the Magic will reportedly receive three protected first round picks from the Lakers, Nuggets and Sixers, in addition to Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, and Nikola Vucevic.

ESPN's Marc Stein also reported that the Magic will receive Moe Harkless, Philadelphia's first round pick this year. The main framework of the deal:

A source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com's Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams.

In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein.

Howard has been the face of the Orlando franchise, pushing the Magic to the NBA Finals and accumulating All-Star appearances and Defensive Player of the Year awards. But his saga, full of indecision and discontentment, is well-known at this point and a deal with the Lakers emerged as the most likely option for new GM Rob Hennigan.

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Dwight Howard Trade: Lakers, Magic Schedule Call With League Office, According To Report

With news breaking earlier that the Orlando Magic are in trade talks for a four-way deal that would send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, Marc Stein of ESPN reports that the teams are to the point of scheduling a call with the league office.

Stein also reports that in the projected deal, his sources tell him that Orlando would come away with getting Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one future first-round pick from the Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Denver Nuggets. Stein also mentions that other names could emerge, such as Moe Harkless also ending in Orlando.

Meanwhile, Jason Richardson and Andrew Bynum would head to the Sixers, Andre Iguodala would go to Denver, and Dwight Howard would end up in L.A.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Magic In Talks With Lakers, Nuggets, Sixers In Blockbuster Deal, According To Report

Here we go again. The Orlando Magic are in talks with the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers in a blockbuster trade that will involve trading forward Dwight Howard, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

There is no word yet on which team would wind up getting Howard in this trade. That is one of the many details that are still unknown at this time. This is the first major bit of news involving a possible trade with Howard in the last couple of weeks. This could be the blockbuster everyone thinks could happen or it could fizzle out like the other supposed blockbusters.

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Why Not Talk To Dwight Howard Again?

There was no harm in the Magic talking to Dwight Howard again.

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Dwight Howard Will Be A Free Agent After Season, Per His Agent

While the Lakers are the favorites to land center Dwight Howard in a three-way trade also including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic, it is important to L.A. that Howard be willing to sign with the team long-term if they acquire him.

Reports surfaced that Howard was willing to sign with the Lakers long-term; however, his agent, Don Fegan, spoke to Ric Bucher of ESPN and sang a different tune:

"Dwight's position has remained unchanged since the end of this past season," said Dan Fegan of LaGardere Unlimited. "He fully intends to explore free agency at the end of next season, regardless of what team trades for him, including Brooklyn."

If true, the stipulation could scare the Lakers away from the possibility of sending away Andrew Bynum to Cleveland for the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. But Kurt Helin says this particular update changes nothing and "makes [him] yawn"

Under the terms of the new CBA if Howard signed an extension tomorrow or any time this season it can only be for three more years after this one. If he plays out this season and becomes a free agent then re-signs with the team he is on he can get five years with larger raises.

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Dwight Howard Trade: Lakers, Magic Working For Deal, According To Report

Dwight Howard could be on plane to Los Angeles by the end of today. According to a tweet by Yahoo! Sports NBA Writer Marc J. Spears, the Los Angeles Lakers are meeting with the Orlando Magic today about a possible trade for Howard. The Lakers would be looking to sign Howard to an extension for this deal to go through.

There have been so many twists and turns in this saga involving Dwight Howard that every new rumor that comes out in the media should be taken with a grain of salt. But with it being the Lakers, anything is possible so there is a great chance that this could be the most likely rumor to come true.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Rockets Improve Offer To Magic, According To Report

Since a potential blockbuster deal to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets collapsed, the Houston Rockets have emerged as the new front runners in the derby to trade for the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Now they're reportedly upping their offer to Orlando according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Chad Ford.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets, should they go ahead with their widely reported plans to release starting power forward Luis Scola via the NBA's amnesty clause, are prepared to absorb the contracts of Jason Richardson, Glen Davis and Chris Duhon -- in addition to sending Orlando multiple future first-round picks and recent draftees -- to give the Magic an opportunity to wipe their payroll virtually clean for their post-Howard rebuilding effort.

With the impending departure of the six-time All-Star, the Magic will be almost certainly be placed in a position where a complete rebuild is necessary. The removal of large contracts and the addition of future draft picks are the perfect tools for new general manager Rob Hennigan to work with and will likely make the trade increasingly attractive.

ESPN's J.A. Adande and Ric Bucher both said they expect the Magic to be quiet about Howard over the weekend before revisiting the trade prospects next week, which would allow the Rockets to deal with some free agency issues like Jeremy Lin.

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Dwight Howard Trade: Rockets Will Amnesty Luis Scola To Clear Cap Space For Potential Deal

The Brooklyn Nets moved on from the Dwight Howard derby and signed center Brook Lopez to a max contract on Wednesday, eliminating the one place the Magic center has wanted to go all along. Howard has said he would only sign an extension with the Nets, but that will not stop the Houston Rockets and GM Daryl Morey from his dogged pursuit of the franchise center. Morey is perhaps the most aggressive and active decision-maker in the NBA, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, he will up the ante again on Friday by using the amnesty clause on power forward Luis Scola.

Scola is still a productive player and does not have an absolute albatross of a contract, but Morey is simply trying to clear more cap space so that he can take on some undesirable Orlando contracts as part of the package for Howard. Magic GM Rob Hennigan would love the opportunity to unload a few hefty contracts when dealing Dwight, perhaps those of Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson, and/or Chris Duhon. Wojnarowski reports that's exactly the play Morey is making by clearing Scola off the books:

The Rockets can absorb Howard's contract, along with Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson. The Rockets are offering multiple first-round picks and a selection of its best, young player assets, sources said.

The Rockets will shed the final three years and $21 million of Scola's contract, and will file the paperwork with the league office on Friday morning. Dumping Scola will push the Rockets far enough under the cap that they'll be able to take on multiple contracts from the Magic in a trade for Howard, and still have the space to sign a maximum contract player next summer.

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Dwight Howard Rumors: Rockets Considering Luis Scola As Amnesty Cut To Facilitate Trade

As a potential trade with the Brooklyn Nets fell through when the team decided to give a max contract to center Brook Lopez, the Orlando Magic are still trying to find a suitor to unload All-Star center Dwight Howard. One team who has had rumored interest is the Houston Rockets, and it appears the team is trying to clear out cap space to make a run at the center.

From Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle:

Talks on Wednesday grew "serious," and at one point seemed close to an agreement, according to a person familiar with the process, but the Magic backed off to consider their options.

Rockets are open to the three-team deal in which they would receive Lakers center Andrew Bynum with Howard going to the Los Angeles Lakers, but are primarily working directly with the Magic to acquire Howard, the individual with knowledge of the talks said.

According to Feigen, the Rockets are considering clearing cap room by making veteran Luis Scola an amnesty cut within the next 48 hours. Scola is currently due $21 million over the next three seasons.

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Dwight Howard Trade: Brook Lopez Max Contract Essentially Kills Nets Deal

The Booklyn Nets were hot on the trail of Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard, even coming close to a four-team trade that would have sent Howard to Brooklyn. One of the players who Orlando would have gotten back in the proposed deal was center Brook Lopez.

Lopez however has now agreed to a four-year, $61 million deal to stay with the Nets, according to a report.

With Lopez signing a max contract, it essentially kills the Dwight Howard-to-Nets deals and rumors, as the Nets cannot deal Lopez now until January 15, 2013 at the earliest. Lopez was the centerpiece in the Nets dealing with Orlando, so it appears if the Magic still want to unload Dwight Howard, it will have to be with another team.

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Dwight Howard Rumors: Magic Weighing Deal With Nets, Cavaliers

The subject of trading Dwight Howard has already demanded billions and billions of bytes of digital ink and dead tree column inches as beat writers and bloggers cover and speculate about the disgruntled Orlando Magic center. Given all those resources it only makes sense that the latest Howard trade rumors involved a complex web of three, possibly four, teams along with more than a dozen players and draft picks.

Adrian Wojnarowski offered a glimpse of the latest scenario via Twitter:

Those teams are reported to be the Nets, where Howard would end up, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The deal could go down on Monday. The Magic brass is reportedly meeting to discuss the particulars Monday morning says Alex Kennedy of Hoops World.

Stay tuned.

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Trading Dwight Howard And What The Magic Must Get In Return

When the Orlando Magic finally deal center Dwight Howard, they'll need to get the right haul in return.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Nets Still In Trade Discussions For Magic Center, Per Report

Upon finalizing a trade with the Hawks for All-Star guard Joe Johnson, many reports, including one from ESPN's Chris Broussard, indicated that the Brooklyn Nets had given up their pursuit of All-Star center Dwight Howard of the Magic. However that is no longer the case, as the framework for a deal to send Howard to Brooklyn is already in place, according to Broussard.

In a series of tweets, Broussard reported that a trade has been discussed that would send Howard to the Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks and three first round picks in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

The trade would be made with the intent to give the Nets a "big three" of their own with Howard, Johnson and Deron Williams, who have a combined 15 All-Star Game appearances.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Magic, Lakes Have Contact About A Deal, According To Report

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers have been in contact about a possible trade between the two that would send Magic forward Dwight Howard to the Lakers.

In addition to the Lakers, the report also mentions the Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets as being teams that have also been in contact with Orlando over a potential deal.

There have been no specific offers made yet, however it is widely believed that any deal with Los Angeles will involve 24-year-old center Andrew Bynum going to Orlando. The Magic reached out to the teams on Saturday and will continue talking about proposals in the near future.

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