(BlackMediaScoop) Although the Orlando Magic aren’t in any rush to trade Dwight Howard, it appears as if he won’t be the one holding back a potential deal to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Andrew Bynum’s reluctance to sign a long term deal with whichever team he lands on as part of the Howard trade may be the death knell, according to NBCsports.com.
More specifically, the team acquiring Bynum in a deal is what’s holding a trade back.’
Bynum could either end up with the Magic in a straight-up, two team deal or land with the Cleveland Cavaliers or Houston Rockets as part of a complex three-way trade.
Either way, Bynum would rather wait to hit free agency after next season and get the most money possible than sign a long term extension right now and miss out on millions of dollars over the life of his new contract.
Howard is “locked in” on joining Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Steve Nash on the juggernaut Lakers, Orlando and its rumored trade partners are halting any potential deal.
The difference now is that Howard is willing to sign a long term deal with the Lakers….Howard won’t re-sign until next summer so he too can maximize his earnings. And the Lakers are fine with that.
It’s not surprising to see team officials wanting an assurance from Bynum that he’ll stick around past this season.
On the other hand, the owners are the ones who agreed to this in the new CBA during last winter’s lockout negotiations. In order to keep stars from leaving their current teams, said teams are the ones who can offer them the most money once their contracts run out.
Therefore, no matter where Bynum ends up , chances are good he’ll want the most money possible and re-sign with that team.
The longest Howard could sign an extension, according to NBCSports, would be two years if he signed with Orlando and was traded, or three years if he signed after being traded.
If he waits until his current deal expires, Howard would be eligible to sign a new five-year deal for as much as $108 million.
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