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.
Here are highlights from the first 2 days of the USA Basketball Scrimmages held in Las Vegas, NV. For those wondering why Kobe, LeBron, or other players are in this mix is because practices were closed to media until the last 30 minutes.
Featured in this mix are Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala, and James Harden.
The Warriors would like to upgrade their starting small-forward spot.
Golden State reportedly would like to trade a combination of its four first-round picks for Andre Iguodala, Nicolas Batum, Luol Deng, Rudy Gay, Danny Granger or Josh Smith.
“Having four picks is a tremendous situation to be in, and I think we can do some good things with it,” general manager Bob Myers said. “We’re excited. We have a tremendous amount of assets, which puts us in good shape to explore a variety of opportunities. It’s up to us to make something of it.”
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is “most likely out” of Game 5 on Tuesday night because of a sprained left ankle, according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.
“He’s a little better,” Thibodeau said after Monday’s practice. “He’ll be a game-time [decision], most likely out.”
Noah sprained his ankle badly in Game 3 on Friday night after stepping on the foot of Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre Iguodala midway through the third quarter.
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.
Considered a weaker draft in terms of players, this year’s talent grab will not suffer from big names in trade talks.
Pau Gasol, Andre Iguodala, Monta Ellis, Chris Kaman, Jonny Flynn and Kevin Love are just a few of the names that have been mentioned. At least give David Kahn credit for being aggressive. He got Rubio when no one ever thought he would.
Now, Kahn is shopping the second pick in the draft and there also appears to be some truth to the rumor that Kevin Love could be had for the right cost. Timberwolves are interested in teaming Rubio with another Spaniard, Pau Gasol, and there are rumors a proposed trade had Love and the second pick in the draft going to L.A. for Gasol.
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.
According to sources, The Orlando Magic have spoken with the Golden State Warriors about acquiring Monta Ellis.
Based on comments from new team consultant Jerry West last week, it appears the Warriors are looking to split up the guard duo of Ellis and Stephen Curry because they are both undersized and both like the ball in their hands.
That puts Ellis, a 25-year-old who averaged 24.1 points last season, on the trading block, and he is receiving plenty of interest.
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.