The Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic are in discussions over a deal that would land Dwight Howard in Los Angeles.
According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com, the Lakers would send Andrew Bynum to Cleveland while the Cavaliers would send picks and prospects to Orlando.
The Lakers, Magic & Cavaliers are discussing three-team deal that may send Dwight Howard to LA and Andrew Bynum to CLE: tinyurl.com/7mwggu6— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 14, 2012
Before this rumor broke, the Houston Rockets were the third team besides the Magic and Lakers to be involved in talks for the All-Star center, as noted by ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford. Houston has gutted its roster this offseason in an attempt to put together a package to land Howard.
The Rockets have also considered a deal in which they receive Bynum and Howard heads to L.A. However, the offer sheets they have extended to Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik have complicated their bid, as noted by Stein and Ford.
This is not the first time this summer Cleveland has entered the fray. Before the Brooklyn Nets ended their pursuit of Howard, the Cavs were interested in becoming the third team in that deal.
But this trade is significantly more attractive for Cleveland, as they would pair Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving with Bynum, a 24-year-old who is considered to be the second-best center in the NBA behind Howard.
As noted by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, both the Rockets and Cavs are on Bynum's list of teams with which he would be willing to sign a long-term deal.
Still, it is an interesting role reversal for Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who furiously rallied against last summer’s blockbuster deal to send Chris Paul to the Lakers. The trade was subsequently vetoed.
Now, Gilbert may be the person who enables Los Angeles to land a different superstar via a monster trade.