Lakers Close To Getting Dwight Howard, Cavs Waiting On Bynum Commitment
League sources told Yahoo! Sports that the Cleveland Cavaliers hope to send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, but won’t proceed until the Lakers give them permission to talk to Andrew Bynum and his agent about the center’s willingness to sign a contract extension.
If the Lakers trade for Dwight Howard, he is expected to commit and stay with the team.
‘Cleveland will only do the deal if Bynum extends,’ a league official told Yahoo! Sports.
Los Angeles wants the structure of a three-team deal agreed on before allowing Cleveland to communicate with Bynum and his reps. But that agreement can’t be reached until Orlando decides it wants to be part of the trade.
So far, Orlando has shown indecisiveness in the talks, sources involved in the negotiations said.
Next summer, both Bynum and Howard will be free agents. The Brooklyn Nets lost their ability to pursue Howard, causing the Lakers to believe that Howard would re-sign with them after the next season should they trade for him.
RealGM.com reported that Howard has shown a willingness to re-sign with the Lakers, most likely because Howard could use the team to promote his sneaker line and his other endorsements.
Bynum might become a free agent by the end of the next season.
Cleveland needs the promise of a contract extension from Bynum to make any deals, because Bynum could be considering the salary-cap space in Dallas and Houston.
The Cavaliers hope they can sell Bynum on a partnership with point guard Kyrie Irving, regarded as “one of the most dynamic young players in the spot.”
Orlando wants to completely rebuild. Some expect Orlando to break off some long-term veteran contracts and bring back young players and draft picks.
In addition, the Houston Rockets are continuing to fight with Los Angeles to make a deal for Howard.