Front office officials from the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic met in person on Tuesday to discuss the stalemate in Dwight Howard trade negotiations. There have been very little coverage of just how close or far the two teams are from a trade. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Lakers are willing to take on the contract of Jason Richardson, who is owed roughly $19 million over the next three years. Hedu Turkoglu is not a contract they are willing to negotiate on due to the roughly $24 million owed on the deal over the next two seasons.
Orlando wants any trade partner to absorb more players than just Howard, but the Lakers have no interest in also acquiring forward Hedo Turkoglu, 33, who has two more years and a weighty $23.8 million on his contract. The Lakers, however, are open to taking the slightly more palatable contract of Magic guard-forward Jason Richardson, 31, who has three years and $18.6 million remaining.