Orlando's long-running search to trade Dwight Howard may finally have received some good news. After the Magic were generally unsatisfied with the package the Nets, Dwight Howard's preferred landing spot, put together and after the Nets decided to move on, Dwight Howard may have finally enabled the Magic to increase their trade leverage.
Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM reports Howard is ready to commit to signing a long-term extension after the 2012-13 season with the Lakers if he is traded there.
It has long been speculated that the Lakers, despite a heavy interest in acquiring Howard, were hesitant to commit all the resources they could to a deal because of fears Howard would leave them. Los Angeles is not interested in a rental in other words.
It was also widely reported earlier in the year that Howard had little interest in joining the Lakers. The speculation was that Howard was reluctant to follow in Shaquille O'Neal's footsteps in going from Orlando to Los Angeles ...