According to Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM.com, who many consider a very credible Dwight Howard source in Orlando, Howard is ready to join the Lakers. Until recently, Howard only expressed a willingness to extend long-term with the Brooklyn Nets. However, sources state tonight that Howard is not only willing to re-sign long term with the Lakers when his contract expires at the end of the  in 2012-2013 season, but would be “excited” to have the opportunity to wear the purple and gold.

Since many reports state that Orlando is not interested in Andrew Bynum, a third team will have to be involved to execute the trade. Bynum would have to also be willing to extend long-term with his new team. The Rockets and Cavs both remain the top suitors for Bynum in any three team deal.