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Lakes Nash move to pave way for Howard, Gasol deals?

A three-way deal between the Lakers, Magic, and Wolves now makes a lot more sense for LA. It's been reported in several places that Orlando is angling for Bynum in Howard deals because no other game-changing players are on the board.

Something like Bynum for Howard and Jason Richardson suddenly seems to make a lot more sense for LA now that they're in all-in mode. And it continues to make sense for Orlando, presuming they can ink Bynum to an extension.

But in conjunction with those moves, dealing Gasol for a younger, cheaper player also seems to make sense. Sending out Gasol for Derrick Williams might be the Lakers' logical move in a Howard deal, especially if Orlando requires the Lakers to take back a player like Richardson or Davis for cap relief.

The trade

Orlando gets: Andrew Bynum (salaries go down $5,799,625)

LA Lakers get: Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Derrick Williams (salaries go down $4,409,948)

Minnesota gets: Pau Gasol (salaries go up $14,052,160)

Thoughts?

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