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Dwight Howard Heads for Lakers in Four-Team Trade, ESPN Reports

Dwight Howard is heading to the Los Angeles Lakers from the Orlando Magic in a four-team trade that also includes the Denver Nuggets and the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN reported, citing people familiar with the transaction.

The Magic will get Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington from Denver, along with Nikola Vucevic and the 76ers’ top choice in the 2012 draft, Moe Harkless, ESPN said. Orlando will also receive one protected future first-round draft pick from each of the other teams for All-Star center Howard, ESPN said.

The Nuggets will get Andre Iguodala from Philadelphia and the 76ers will add Andrew Bynum from Los Angeles and Jason Richardson from Orlando, it said.

Howard still plans to become a free agent on July 1, ESPN said, giving him a year to decide if he wants to re-sign with the Lakers or join the Dallas Mavericks, the report said.

The deal needs approval of National Basketball Association officials who will be on a trade call today, ESPN said.

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