Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Andrew Bynum Must Agree To Contract Extension For Deal To Go Forward

Dwight Howard seems like he's come to terms with his restricted mobility and is welcoming a move to the Los Angeles Lakers. Now Andrew Bynum must do the same with the team that's being suggested he will move to, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Orlando Magic appear to be conceding to a full reboot and are ready to start over as a team, which means that to get Howard, the Lakers would probably have to part with their mercurial center. The Cavaliers are ready to be the third team that facilitates this deal ... on one condition. Adrian Wojnarowski reports on what needs to happen.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are eager partners in the three-way blockbuster trade talks to send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, but won’t proceed until the Lakers grant the them permission to talk to All-Star Andrew Bynum and his agent about the center’s willingness to sign a contract extension, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

"Cleveland will only do the deal if Bynum extends," a league official directly involved in the talks told Yahoo! Sports.

Los Angeles wants the structure of a three-team deal agreed in principle before letting Cleveland take that next step to communicate with Bynum and his representatives – and that won’t happen until Orlando makes a decision that it wants to also lock-in the framework of a trade, sources told Y!

You have to understand where Cleveland is coming from here, as they're just two years off of losing the best player in NBA history to free agency. They don't want to repeat a similar scenario with Bynum and have Cleveland move back to the rebuilding process.

Talk about Bynum and Howard with Laker fans at Silver Screen and Roll, with Magic fans at Orlando Pinstriped Post, and with Cavalier fans at Fear The Sword.

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