Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 2:35 pm  |  41 responses

Orlando Magic Focusing on Andrew Bynum in Potential Dwight Howard Trade?

That the Orlando Magic are looking to trade franchise cornerstone Dwight Howard is the NBA’s worst-kept secret. What isn’t entirely clear at the moment, is where Howard will end up. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Magic front-office is working on a potential deal with the Lakers, with Andrew Bynum being the key target: “The Lakers and Magic have had talks about a possible deal, and plan to talk further about constructing a trade. No deals are imminent, and the process has remained fluid as teams have begun to inquire with more serious offers for Howard. Sources say there is one other trade scenario for a significant player that intrigues Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, but that target is unclear. Before the Magic would agree to consummate a trade for Bynum, they would need to know they could sign him to a contract extension, sources said. Bynum is entering the final year of his contract in the 2012-13 season. What’s more, Bynum wouldn’t nearly be enough to satisfy Hennigan’s desires for a return on Howard. The Lakers would need to send draft picks and absorb long-term money off the Magic’s payroll, sources said. The Lakers offered Bynum to the Magic for Howard at the March trade deadline, but the deal never materialized because Howard eventually waived his early termination option for this summer, and Orlando pulled Howard off the market. The Magic are in no rush to make a deal for Howard, sources said. Howard is rehabilitating from back surgery in Los Angeles, and it’s unclear whether he would even be ready for the start of the regular season in November. However positively the Magic feel about Bynum, they still need the Lakers to take back one of their expensive veteran contracts – Hedo Turkoglu or Jason Richardson – as part of any proposed trade. With Bynum, Orlando could use cap space to quickly retool its roster around him and become an Eastern Conference. Bynum is coming off his best season for the Lakers, averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. Still, his immaturity at times still left Lakers coaches and officials unsettled about his disposition to be an every-night dominant player.”

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  • D12FSU

    Yes please

  • Andre anglais

    Riiiiight. Bynum has maturity issues…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I just don’t see Bynum becoming the go-to guy/anchor that a team can rely on to carry them to the playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    me neither.

  • http://www.slameonline.com Trevontae Washington

    Trade bynum for howard good trade kobe and howard can take the west over.

  • http://www.nba.com Shadojoker

    Howard won’t sign an extension with the Lakers..he wants Brooklyn!

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    I’m the opposite JT and nbk. I think with the right setting I.e away from Kobe he can flourish and explore his game a little more.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    he’s got the temper of a 14 year old. he was playing under Kobe and still was uncontrollable. If you played the first half of your career under Phil Jackson and next to Kobe Bryant and you still aren’t mature enough to respect your peers, then there is no reason to believe you ever will be. And not many teams have success being built around an immature star player.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    I get the maturity issue but I meant from a playing standpoint to get more primary option touches.

  • Sérgio

    I really hate Bynum’s attitude, but h&ll, I think Howard’s is possibly even worst. I really don’t wanna see what this clown can become under the bright lights of Hollywood.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    well i think he could be successful individually. but building around him is not about what he could do with touches. it’s about what he could do for his whole franchise. i think he could put up 22 and 12 on a bad team. Not a good one.

  • Sérgio

    I really hate Bynum’s attitude, but h&ll, I think Howard’s is possibly even worst. I really don’t wanna see what this clown can become under the bright lights of Hollywood.

    Also, he would start complaining in the first week of the season, when he realizes that he’d be the 3rd option on offense, behind Kobe and Gasol.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Yea I hear you on that nbk

  • bike

    Both these guys are going to seriously try a coach. They are very high-maintenance guys who could potentially do great things for a franchise or bring it down.

  • anonymous

    “Sources say there is one other trade scenario for a significant player that intrigues Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, but that target is unclear.” could it be horford? I wonder if danny ferry is trying is to get in on the dwight sweepstakes in hopes of bringing dh to atlanta

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ofcourse, i have no idea if i’m right. i’ve been plenty wrong before…right Kyrie Irving?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMo_HcRBnUY LakeShow

    I don’t care if it’s a rental, just do it so we can grab an easy chip next season ;)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    someone is going to take that comment seriously.

  • ash

    If I’m the Lakers ill give them Howard st8 but I’m not taking on any Hedo contract. He doesn’t produce at all

  • sid

    @ash lol. thats exactly why orlando is trying to include him in every dwight howard trade. they trying to get rid of hedo and jrichardson.

  • B.C.

    This is the best option for the Magic, I would take Bynum any day over Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries. As for the Lakers they shouldn’t do this deal, why you ask? Because Dwight doesn’t want to stay in Los Angeles and will not sign a long term deal because of his desire to play in Brooklyn with Dwill. So in the end the Lakers would get screwed over by trading Bynum for Howard and him only playing one season in LA so they practically get nothing out of it so it’s best to not trade Bynum or trade for Howard if he guarantees he will sign a long term contract.

  • LP

    im honestly sick of hearing about the trade destinations…it changes everyday..

  • robb

    The Lakers still need a PG. A center is not the problem

  • Kevin

    Pull the trigger on this trade ASAP. Bynum is far more mature that Dwight Howard. I’m beginning to suspect that Dwight might be suffering from some sort of mental illness. Would insanity be taken into consideration when the Lakers give Dwight his physical exam? Hopefully his mental instability wouldn’t kill the trade, because people in Orlando want Dwight gone. They should’ve traded him for Bynum back in March LOL.

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  • Buddy

    The best scenario for Magic would be to send Howard to LA Clippers not Lakers along with Glen Davis and J. Rich for Griffin, and Jordan, and draft pick. They can cut Turk after next year.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7C0vd-L5lg Munky

    Even with Dwight, the Lakers won’t win a chip next season. Kobe has a lil gas left, the Lakers as we have known them are done. Dwight won’t sign an extension either.

  • Sérgio

    It seems as D. Willians just announced on Twitter that he’s staying with Nets. So, if Dwight is really going there, the Nets will hack a hell of a team next year.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    The Magic have built around an immature star since about 2004…

  • mr camby

    lakers should move…go get d- how along with hedo (which would be a great plus considering the need for outside scoring). nevermind about drew “I DONT GIVE A…” bynum…lakers dont need you…coz you only mind about urself

  • Ldub

    @Sergio…the only way Dwight ends up a Brooklyn player is if he is traded. In which Brooklyn doesnt have enough pieces left to trade for howard. They cant do anything straight up and even if its 2 for 2..they wont get the same in return. IMO they should keep the roster as it is for this upcoming year DW,JJ,GW,KH and BL and sign some key role/bench players (like they already have with Reggie Evans). Then DH will be a FA next year and can just sign there. He has made it clear that he wont sign an extension with any other team than the Nets…some team is possibly going to be leasing him for the next year (should he be traded at all). I wouldnt trade Bynum for Howard at this point…simply based on the fact he wouldnt sign.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Andrew Bynum is so immature he makes Dwight look like Hakeem Olajuwon’s second coming attitude-wise.

  • bdogg

    i am a laker fan but lets look at reality…first off, the nets proposal on the table is definitely not worth it in giving up howard and why would orlando just appease howard who has dragged the franchise for 2 years. i know i would not bend over backward for the brat! i like howard dont get me wrong..actually like him better than bynum but long term i am not sure about howard either. in 2 years kb will retired and what are the lakers looking at? if kb oks this i would do this in a heart beat! i want rudy gay and we are good. need a pg but with those 3 i am coolio!

  • anonymous

    still not sure why la would trade for dwight knowing that he will not sign an extension. orl should trade dwight and hedo to bk for lopez, jj, brooks and cash. they need to get as much as they can from bk since dwight is so set on playing there. then orl should unload jj`s hefty contract on another team in exchange for 2 more veterans and another 1st rounder. dont allow dwight to sign with bk via free agency next summer get something for him. and dont allow bk to have deron, dwight, jj, wallace and brooks on the same team.

  • http://Slam.com Phillip Warren

    Trade the creep to Portland for a third round draft choice.

  • T Bone

    i just love the fact that the Magic can become an Eastern Conference – wow, they would be an entire conference on their own… i guess that way, they would be guaranteed to win their conference each season!

    see the sentence near the end of the report – With Bynum, Orlando could use cap space to quickly retool its roster around him and become an Eastern Conference.

  • http://slamonline dan

    only one team can make a good trade for Howard – NOH
    and that aint happening

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    LA needs Howard defensive pressence more than his offense. Please trade Howard to LA. Howard needs to man up and forget about trying to be the man and forget about Shaq’s path to LA.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Magic should ask for Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time … At the same ____ time

  • http://Slam Delicious

    Send Bynum to Orlando for d Howard and turkgolu
    Send gasol to Minnesota for d Williams

  • philynation

    if u think about it, DH copies shaq with the superman stuff, maybbe going to LA… id like to see the dwill\johnson\wallace\howard supertean nxt year