The Orlando Magic have tried a number of two-team trades with Dwight Howard that haven’t worked.
There has been talk of at least one three-team trade that did not work.
Now there is apparently a four-team trade involving Howard being discussed.
According to a report Thursday by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Howard would go to the Los Angeles Lakers in a true blockbuster deal also involving Philadelphia and Denver.
From Yahoo!: “A deal is not considered imminent, but the talks have grown serious over the course of this week, sources said. There are other players involved in these fluid talks, but a framework of the possible deal includes Howard and Denver forward Al Harrington going to the Lakers, Philadelphia guard Andre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum moving to the 76ers, and Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol and Denver guard Arron Affalo going to the Magic, sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Magic would have a better chance of moving Gasol in another deal to get further assets, sources said, and eliminate the risk of Bynum leaving them as a free agent in 2013. Nevertheless, there was still a sense that Gasol’s and Bynum’s destinations could be fluid in the talks. Either way, one would go to Orlando and the other to Philadelphia, sources said.”
With both Bynum and Gasol on the move, it sounds like the Lakers are giving up a lot for Howard, even with Harrington coming back.
Bynum landing in Philadelphia is interesting in that he is from nearby New Jersey.
Afflalo would give the Magic three starting quality shooting guards, joining Jason Richardson and J.J. Redick – unless, of course, they are some of the other parts of this trade.
Magic GM Rob Hennigan spent the first two weeks of the offseason unsuccessfully attempting to trade Howard to his choice destination of Brooklyn. Both teams tried to incorporate other teams in the deal to offset salaries but found no takers.
The Magic also were in talks with the Houston Rockets for a package of young players and draft picks that never materialized.
A three-team deal that would have sent Howard to the Lakers, Bynum to Cleveland and Anderson Varejao and draft picks to Orlando also was discussed.