ESPN.com NBA reporter Ric Bucher, who’s repeatedly said the Orlando Magic will trade Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers within the next year, believes Howard has now changed his mind.
During a live chat Friday afternoon, Bucher was asked for an update on Howard’s trade prospects with the recent reports that Andrew Bynum is untouchable. Bucher said the Lakers are no longer the favorite to land Howard, and the Magic are now atop his list.
Here’s Bucher’s response to the question:
“Lakers have slipped on Dwight’s list for reasons beyond that. I’d rank his preferences in this order: Orlando, Dallas, NJ, Lakers. But for Orlando to keep him, they’re going to have to make some serious deals, ones that I’m really doubtful they can pull off.”
Keep in mind that Bucher has only mentioned Howard on live chats and on the radio. Bucher says if he’s really confident about a scoop he’ll write it on ESPN.com or report it on ESPN.
But if you’re a Magic fan, it’s good news that the main instigator of the Dwight-to-L.A. rumors has now changed his tune.