The “Los Angeles Times” reported Thursday night, that according to their sources, that four teams have a trade in place that will send Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers and would also jettison current Lakers starting center Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers. The paper’s sources state, that the Magic, Lakers, Sixers and the Denver Nuggets have a deal in principle, that involves eight-players, three future first round NBA Draft picks and could radically change the balance of power in both Conferences in the Association.
According to the report; Orlando would receive veteran forward Al Harrington and guard Arron Afflalo from the Nuggets, as well as center Nikola Vucevic and swingman rookie Moe Harkless from Philadelphia, plus a protected future first round pick from the Lakers, Denver and Philadelphia. Sixers forward Andre Iguodala would send to Denver, while Philadelphia would acquire Bynum from Los Angeles and veteran guard Jason Richardson from Orlando, while Howard would send to the Lakers.
The deal would need approval from the NBA Board Of Governors, before the transaction can be finalized. NBA Commissioner David Stern stopped a trade from being finalized before last season, as the New Orleans Hornets attempted to trade point guard Chris Paul to the Lakers, on the grounds of it being bad for the Association. The difference in that situation, was that the NBA operated the Hornets at the time, as the club was without an owner, that could be a factor if the Association decides to allow this trade to go through.