Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/11/12

The Lakers and Rockets are believed to be two of the teams battling to pry Dwight Howard away from the Magic, so this latest rumor is particularly interesting. The Magic, Lakers and Rockets have had preliminary discussions about a deal that would involve sending Howard to Los Angeles, Andrew Bynum to Houston and prospects, first-round picks and significant cap relief to Orlando, according to HOOPSWORLD's Eric Pincus. ESPN's Marc Stein has confirmed the report. There's still plenty that would need to be worked out before a trade could be consummated, though. Brooklyn is still in hot pursuit of Howard, Houston...

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