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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Magic CEO Alex Martins Denies Deal To Lakers

As much as the Orlando Magic have tried to squelch the persistent rumors surrounding them dealing superstar center Dwight Howard, they keep popping up. But this time, the Magic were quick to stomp it out before it got too crazy.

This time, the rumor was that the Magic had reached a deal to send Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson to the Lakers, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum would head to the Magic and the Raptors' Jose Calderon would also come to the Magic.

But the Orlando Sentinel have Magic CEO Alex Martins confirming that the rumor is false.

The trade would be interesting all around. For one, a lineup of Calderon, Jason Richardson, Ryan Anderson, Gasol and Bynum could and would still make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. But for the Lakers, it still feels like a bit much. What always separated the Lakers from everyone else was the depth and skill of their frontline. Trading two for one would be tough to swallow, though the addition of Nelson, even with him struggling this season, would be a major upgrade over Derek Fisher and Steve Blake.

Let the rumors continue to simmer...