(NEW YORK) — The Dwight Howard saga may be put to rest; a source with direct knowledge of the four-team deal confirmed to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein Thursday night that Orlando will send Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The other two teams involved are the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers. The Nuggets will receiver forward Andre Iguodala from the 76ers, and in return the Lakers would send center Andrew Bynum along with Jason Richardson from Orlando to Philadelphia. The Magic will get Aaron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevi, and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams.
In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein.
Sources also told Stein that a trade call with the league office has been scheduled for Friday to secure the necessary NBA approval that would make the deal official.
The Howard deal would mean a potential star-powered Lakers lineup of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Metta World Peace, the artist formally known as Ron Artest.
Nash was acquired in a sign-and-trade deal in July from Phoenix.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN