Lakers Rumors: Major Developments Surface in Dwight Howard Trade Rumors

Daniel BostonAnalyst IIJuly 18, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference looks to move the ball against Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic and the Eastern Conference during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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According to Sam Amico of FoxSportsOhio via Twitter, Andrew Bynum is open to signing a multi-year extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers should he be traded.

 

Andrew Bynum said to be willing to extend with Cavs, Lakers think Dwight Howard would stay. But can deal be made? Link: tinyurl.com/6pe4p7g

— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 18, 2012

 

This newest report offers Los Angeles an even greater ray of hope as many believed the number one obstacle standing between Howard and L.A. was Bynum's unwillingness to commit long term with his new potential team.

On the other hand, the Lakers are more than confident Dwight Howard would re-sign long term should he not agree to a contract extension before the trade is consummated.

As tweeted by Bob Finnan, a Cavaliers beat writer for The News-Herald, trade talks between the Cavaliers and Lakers are still ongoing.

 

Cavaliers-Andrew Bynum trade rumors aren't going away - bit.ly/SItGwZ (from @newsheraldinoh) sulia.com/c/basketball/f…

— Bob Finnan (@BobCavsinsider) July 19, 2012

 

Reports suggest Howard would land in Los Angeles, Bynum in Cleveland and the Magic would receive a handful of draft picks and veterans.

Also, Orlando Magic general manager, Rob Hennigan has demanded that any team involved should take an assortment of the Magic's bad contracts out of their hands.

The Lakers' have been reportedly open to taking on Jason Richardson's contract while the third team would become responsible for any combination of Hedo Turkoglu, Chris Duhon and Glen Davis.

Stay tuned folks, developments are rapidly forthcoming. Dwight Howard may be traded any moment now.