A four-team trade that would send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers is complete, multiple sources told ESPN on Thursday night.
Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant
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.
The 76ers have elected to use their amnesty clause on Elton Brand, according to sources.
Brand has one season at $18 million left on his contract, which will come off Philadelphia’s cap.
The 76ers must wait until July 11th to officially amnesty Brand.
Brand will go on waivers and become an unrestricted free agent if he goes unclaimed.
Lou Williams intends to opt out and become a free agent at the end of the season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Said the source: “He’s indicated that he’s not going to pick up his option. All indications are that he’s going to opt out.”
Williams has not informed the Sixers of his plans.
“He has not said what he will do, but we will react to that when the time comes,” general manager Rod Thorn said.
Thaddeus Young has received attention from teams in China, according to his agent Jim Tanner.
“I have been contacted by multiple teams in China expressing very serious interest in having Thaddeus Young play in their league this season,” Tanner said. “I have discussed this with Thad and he is intrigued by the possibility of playing in China if the lockout continues and has asked me to further explore these opportunities. At this point, our conversations with the teams have been preliminary but we are continuing to talk and to do our due diligence on each option.”
Young is a restricted free agent.
Former Philadelphia 76ers power forward Darius Songaila has signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million plus bonuses with the Turkish team, Galatasaray, his agent said on Friday.
Darius Songaila, Jarrett Jack
The contract does not have an escape clause should the NBA lockout end in time for all or part of the 2011-12 NBA season, which means Songaila is committed to spending the entire season in Turkey.
“Darius didn’t play a lot of minutes last season in Philadelphia and with the uncertainty surrounding the lockout, he wanted to make sure he’d play next season,” said his agent, Mark Bartlestein.
When the NBA offseason begins following resolution of their collective bargaining agreement, the 76ers will be interested in trading Marreese Speights.
Speights has not meshed well within the style of Doug Collins.
If the team can trade Speights, they will use their free agent money to sign a solid, power big to start at center.
Spencer Hawes, who will be a restricted free agent, is considered a backup.
The Lakers and 76ers have held discussions involving a swap of Andre Iguodala for Lamar Odom, according to league sources.
The deal would save Philadelphia a significant amount of money, as Odom is entering the final season of his contract while Iguodala is owed a combined $44 million over the next three seasons.
The Lakers would have to include more salary in order for the deal to consummated.
Andre Iguodala should be used to the speculation by now. After plenty of speculation and rumors, Andre Iguodala may find a new home this week in the Western Conference.
The Philadelphia 76ers continue to work the phones with the NBA Draft right around the corner, and it sounds like they want this situation resolved before Thursday night. Before the 76ers decide who they are going to select with the 16th overall pick, they want to know what their roster will look like going forward.
If Iguodala is not dealt, they will likely draft a big man such as Markieff Morris or Donatas Motiejunas. However, if Philadelphia is able to move their star for a big, they are expected to eye a perimeter scorer such as Marshon Brooks or Jordan Hamilton. The frontrunner to obtain Iguodala’s services is believed to be the Los Angeles Clippers.
Amid increasing signals that the 76ers are finally prepared to deal Andre Iguodala after years of trade speculation, another potential swap has surfaced that would send the swingman to the Clippers for center Chris Kaman.
Although it is believed that the trade has not yet advanced past the discussion phase, sources told ESPN.com that the teams have discussed a straight swap.
The Clippers have long maintained that the only scenario that would convince them to part with Kaman — whose career has been plagued by injuries but who had an All-Star season in 2010 — is getting an elite small forward in return.
The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers have discussed a trade that would send the Warriors’ leading scorer, Monta Ellis, to the 76ers for Andre Iguodala, according to league sources, including one with direct knowledge of Golden State’s thinking.
One source stressed that completion of the deal is not imminent but that it has merits for both sides.
Ellis is owed $11 million for each of the next three seasons. Iguodala makes $13.5 million next season and the contract increases by $1.2 million each of the next two years.