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Lakers Get Dwight Howard?

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The end might be near. Then again, knowing how this has been festering over the past year or so, the end might not be near. Nevertheless ESPN is reporting that a four-team trade will finally result in Dwight Howard becoming a Laker.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the teams will receive as follows:

* Lakers: Dwight Howard
* Denver Nuggets: Andre Iguodala
* Philadelphia 76ers: Andrew Bynum, Jason Richardson
* Orlando Magic: Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and protected first-round picks from each of the other three teams.

According to ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard, Pau Gasol has also been talked about in this trade with the Lakers possibly receiving Al Harrington.

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A conference call between the four teams and the NBA will be held on Friday to finalize the deal.

If true, this will bring to an end all the Dwight Howard rumors for now. Since last season Howard had made his desire of going to the then-New Jersey Nets before opting into the last year of contract around the trade deadline this past season. Since then, Howard had been rumored to want to go to the Brooklyn Nets, the Dallas Mavericks, the Lakers and refusing to go to the Nets, Mavericks and Lakers. The Houston Rockets also made a push this summer to acquire the 26-year old center.

Howard will be entering his ninth year in the league averaging 18.4 points, 13 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. In 2009 he led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals losing to the Lakers in five games.

Then again, this could all be a smokescreen.