The Magic want to trade Dwight Howard to the Lakers not the Nets. They have even sent an offer over the Lakers that we reported on last night.
Dwight has said that he won’t sign a long term extension with any team besides the Nets.
According to IamtheGM.com that isn’t a problem for the Lakers any more.
Via Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
“I think with Nash in the house now, they wouldn’t need an assurance up front,” one league executive tied closely to the Howard trade talks told Yahoo! Sports. “They know that Dwight can be impressionable and craves Hollywood. I think they would take that chance.”
Via Eric Pincus, HOOPSWORLD
Sources close to the Lakers say they are not bothered by Howard’s reluctance to commit long-term to the team. They understand that Howard stands to make significantly more money as a free agent after this season, signing a five-year deal vs. adding on just three years to his current contract. LA is confident that once in Los Angeles, and in possession of his Bird Rights, Howard would ultimately re-sign with the team.
The Lakers don’t believe in rebuilding, they have a championship expectation every year.
Simply put Nash, Kobe, Pau, some guy and Dwight have a better chance to win a championship this year than Nash, Kobe, Pau, some guy and Bynum.
It is a no brainer that they make the trade, before the Magic change their mind.