Is Dwight Howard finally headed out of Orlando?
Sources tell ESPN's Chris Broussard that the proposed four-team trade involving the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers that would send center Dwight Howard to L.A. is "very close" to happening and could be finalized on Friday.
Broussard's sources have the trade exactly as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports earlier on Thursday, but there is at least one subsequent report that Lakers forward Pau Gasol will not be included. Sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne that Gasol has been in and out of the talks, but that the deal could still happen on Friday.
The Magic had long been said to want to dump some of their undesirable contracts and pick up young players and/or high draft picks in exchange for Howard, and the reported deal doesn't seem to address either goal.
UPDATE: A source tells Marc Stein of ESPN.com that the deal has been completed, pending NBA approval. And Gasol indeed is not part of it.