Lakers Rumors: Orlando Magic ‘Very Close’ to Trading Dwight Howard

*Update, Ken Berger from CBS Sports*

The Los Angeles Lakers have talked to the Magic about the Howard deal, but apparently nothing is imminent as of this point. Several sources have indicated that Howard being traded is not as certain as thought.

*Original Story*

The Los Angeles Lakers have been talking to the Orlando Magic about a deal that would give them Dwight Howard for quite some time, and talks have recently heated up. The Lakers have the most intriguing player to offer the Magic in Andrew Bynum, and Orlando knows it cannot find a better player to replace Howard.

Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore has reportedly been told by a source that the Orlando Magic are very close to finally dealing their big man. The source did not name the team that Howard will be traded to, but the best guess at this point is the Lakers.

Pingalore’s sources, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the proceedings, were not ready to name the team that the Magic were trading Howard to at this time. One source told Pingalore they were “very confident that a deal is close to being done.” The parameters of trades can be discussed now, but they can’t become official until Wednesday under NBA rules.

The Lakers can offer the Magic the best deal and Orlando seems to understand that Los Angeles may be the ideal partner in this trade. So Lakers Nation, do you sense something special brewing in Staples Center next season?