Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated has the latest on Dwight Howard.
Amick explains the Lakers “simultaneously hurt and helped their chances of landing Howard” when they acquired Steve Nash. Howard asked the Magic to make a run at Nash last season, so clearly, he would like to play with him. However, the Lakers sent four picks to the Phoenix Suns, including first rounders in 2013 and 2015, to swing a deal for Nash. Amick points out the Oklahoma City Thunder were built through the draft and Magic general manager Rob Hennigan would like to replicate that model in Orlando.
Lakers center Andrew Bynum, of course, remains far and away the best option we’ve heard in connection with Howard, but Amick notes Howard’s back still could be a concern to the Lakers.
Brooklyn is still Howard’s destination, but the Magic don’t seem particularly interested in what they have to offer. Amick says “numerous reports have said a third team is needed to take Humphries in a sign-and-trade deal because the Magic have no interest in the free agent.”
Outside of the Lakers and Nets, the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks have also been in contact with the Magic.
Citing a source, Amick says “one of two scenarios appears likely now: either there’s a deal “within the next week” in which Howard heads for Brooklyn, or the talks are tabled until after Dec. 15.”
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