A rehabbing Dwight Howard hits the practice court for the first time.
Kobe Bryant released the following statement on his Facebook page in response to the Lakers’ trade of Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard.
“Well, it looks like Superman has found a home,” wrote Bryant. “I wish nothing but the best for Big Bynum. I hope he follows what was a great season last year with an even better one next year. I know LA is excited about the deal and rightfully so. The Lakers landed a piece that will hopefully carry the franchise long after I’m gone. I have spoken to Dwight Howard already and we are locked and loaded to bring back the title. Wow, what a summer Jimmy and Mitch have had so far. Unreal! I’m focused on our semifinal game vs Argentina but I had to pause for a few to send you my thoughts, in case you were curious..”
A four-team trade that would send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers is complete, multiple sources told ESPN on Thursday night.
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.
Daryl Morey has positioned the Rockets for a blockbuster move after amnestying Luis Scola and selecting Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones with the Nos. 12, 16 and 18 picks of last month’s draft.
Beyond Lamb, White and Jones, the Rockets could use a combination of 2011 draft picks Marcus Morris, Donatas Motiejunas and Chandler Parsons in a potential trade for Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum.
“It’s very similar to what Boston did,” Morey said in reference to the Celtics’ 2008 trade for Kevin Garnett. “Hopefully, it will yield the same result.”
Houston is likely to have at least one lottery pick next summer, and could have another from Toronto as well.
While the Los Angeles Lakers continued to engage the Orlando Magic in discussions to acquire All-Star center Dwight Howard, there was no face-to-face meeting between Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan on Tuesday, a league source told ESPNLosAngeles.com.
The Lakers remain committed to pursuing Howard even without assurances he would sign a long-term extension with the club. What is unclear to both sides is whether Orlando would accept Andrew Bynum without assurances he would sign a long-term extension.
If a Howard trade is not feasible, the Lakers would quickly turn their attention to resuming extension talks with Bynum and re-signing forward Jordan Hill. If Bynum agrees to an extension, it would start the clock on a deal for Howard in much the same way Brooklyn’s extension with Brook Lopez did.
The Nets have offered Brook Lopez a fully guaranteed maximum deal of $58 million.
Brooklyn and Lopez are discussing the fifth years.
The Nets have made this offer to prevent Lopez from seeking an offer sheet with a rival team as they are keeping hope of trading for Dwight Howard.
Marc Stein reports that both the Blazers and Bobcats are prepared to sign Lopez to a four-year maximum offer sheet.
The Brooklyn Nets’ persistent efforts to land Magic center Dwight Howard are getting close to paying off, according to sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets and Magic are cautiously optimistic that the Cavaliers and Clippers will help them facilitate a four-way trade that lands Howard in Brooklyn.
- The Nets would receive Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark in the proposed deal.
- The Magic would get Brook Lopez, Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson and three first-round picks — two from the Nets and a lottery protected first from the Clippers.
- The Cavaliers would get Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first round pick from the Nets and three million in cash. The Clippers would receive MarShon Brooks.
According to sources, the complicated deal is “almost done.”
After acquiring Steve Nash, the Lakers intend to keep its core of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum together next season, according to a source.
Bynum has been involved in trade rumors for Dwight Howard, while Gasol has been on the block since December.
The Magic have sought the inclusion of more pieces beyond Bynum in a trade for Howard, such as the ability to absorb at least one problematic contract.
The Houston Rockets are actively looking to trade veteran power forward Luis Scola, according to league sources.
Although a specific trade partner for Houston has not yet emerged, sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets — stocked with big forwards after coming away with Royce White and Terrence Jones in the NBA draft — are working to find a new home for Scola.
Veteran guards Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin have also been made available in various trade scenarios by the Rockets as they continue to stockpile young assets as part of their well-chronicled intent to pursue Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard or another franchise player in trade scenarios.
Continuing to improve their draft assets, the Houston Rockets have traded the No. 14 pick and Samuel Dalembert to the Milwaukee Bucks for the 12th selection, Shaun Livingston, Jon Leuer and Jon Brockman.
The Rockets already had acquired the No. 18 pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Chase Budinger and the draft rights to Lior Eliyahu.
Sources have told ESPN.com‘s Marc Stein that the Rockets are hoping to acquire enough assets to entice the Magic to trade Dwight Howard to them.