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The Dwight Howard trade talks have taken various turns. Most recently, the Orlando Magic are thinking about hanging onto Howard until the 2013 trade deadline, per ESPN.
The issue at hand is what the Magic roster would look like after they trade Howard. They don't want to deal him and end up with a mishmash of players. That's what would happen in a scenario reported by ESPN involving the Rockets that would have had Kevin Martin, Marcus Morris, Chandler Parsons and Patrick Patterson going to Orlando.
While Martin would have been a nice grab, the jury is out on the other three.
The Nets are a possibility, but they don't seem likely now that they have locked up many of the players who could have been moved.
The Lakers appear to be the most logical team. They have the one player who could make the deal very easy: Andrew Bynum. Trading the second-best center in the league, and perhaps a second player, for the best center in the league seems easy on paper.
The problem, according to ESPN, is that the Magic aren't sure whether Bynum would sign an extension with them.
That's fine. Howard hasn't been clear about whether he'd commit to the Lakers long-term.
The best thing would be to simply make the deal and then hope that they can sign the acquired player to an extension. Bynum and Howard can't know whether they want to sign with the Magic and Lakers, respectively, unless they've been there. No one can commit to a place long-term if they're unfamiliar with the environment.
The likelihood of the deal going through is strong, as the players match up well in terms of salary and talent. The Lakers have been as persistent in pursuing Howard as any team. If a third team is needed, one can be added.