Magic want to talk Howard with the Lakers

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Before the season, it was believed that if the Orlando Magic were going to trade Dwight Howard, that a deal with the LA Lakers was almost a foregone conclusion.  He would get to play in a bigger market and team with a superstar and have a chance at winning a championship.  Plus, the Magic would get a solid return in Andrew Bynum who was most often mentioned in that scenario.

Those talks have died down dramatically over the past few months with Howard looking more towards New Jersey and Dallas as a landing spot once he becomes a free agent after the season.  It was also believed that the Magic would want both Bynum and Pau Gasol in any deal involving Howard, something LA has not been interested in.

Now in the desperate last few days before the trade deadline, the Magic would like to resurrect talks with the Lakers about a potential Howard trade according to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News.

This does make a lot of sense: the Magic would get arguably the second best center in the league in Bynum and would be shipping Howard to the western conference where they would only have to face him twice a year.  Bynum has not only remained healthy all season long but has improved his game, averaging 17.7 points and 12.6 rebounds to become the starting center for the west in the All-Star game.

The major problem with this potential scenario is that even if Howard is dealt to the Lakers, he could still walk after the season and join either the Nets or Mavericks if he wanted to.  LA would not make any deal unless they believed that Howard would be staying in Lakerland for years to come.