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Magic Meeting With Lakers, Lakers "Pushing Hard" To Land Howard

According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo, the Lakers are aggressively pursuing Dwight Howard.

Spears says the “Lakers pushing hard to land Magic center Dwight Howard & meeting with Magic today,” but they want a commitment to an extension on Howard’s part.

Spears also says the Rockets, who appear to be the current favorite to land Howard at the moment, “do not have a meeting set up with the Magic in regards to landing Dwight Howard.”

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider ( and is the co-host of the Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)

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  • EnnBee

    I don’t understand this insistence on a player signing an extension. I mean, I get why teams want that, but the current CBA is structured so that no player will do it.  
    An extension would sign Dwight through the 2015/16 season for $67,848,252.  Becoming a free agent after this year and signing a max, Bird Rights deal gets him through 2017/18 season for $121,985,429.  That’s 2 years and $54,137,177 of guaranteed money.  
    I’m not sure any player would do that and making it a requirement means no trade can ever happen.

  • HowardtheDunk

    you’re absolutely right. I think they want some sort of agreement that he would re-sign. 
    Either way, if the trade does go down, I can’t seem turning down the Lakers in a year.