The Orlando Magic's Dwightmare appears to be nearing an end.
The Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver and Philadelphia reached a deal in principle on a four-team trade that would send Howard to the Lakers, ESPN reported late Thursday.
In turn, the Magic was set to receive Denver's Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington, the 76ers' Nikola Vucevic and rookie Moe Harkless and one future first-round pick from each of the three other teams.
The deal also would send Orlando's Jason Richardson and the Lakers' Andrew Bynum to the 76ers and Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets.
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan did not return messages Thursday from the Orlando Sentinel.
Meanwhile, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that the 76ers haven't spoken to Bynum and have no assurances he'll sign a long-term extension with the club.
"The Sixers are willing to take a shot (without Bynum's commitment)," one source said.
Commissioner Gary Bettman cautioned the league is prepared to lock out its players if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached by Sept. 15, when the current deal expires. "Time is running short and the owners are not prepared to operate under this
Penn State's board of trustees will meet this weekend to consider whether to ratify a consent decree with the NCAA that imposed penalties for how the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Board chairwoman Karen Peetz told fellow trustees in an email that there was confusion about how Penn State and president Rodney Erickson accepted the unprecedented sanctions.
Andy Murray withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The Olympic gold medalist hurt his knee Wednesday during a match against Flavio Cipolla. Also, all singles play was wiped out by rain. Murray said he's unsure whether he can play next week in Mason, Ohio, or what his status is for the U.S. Open.
Pernilla Lindberg holed birdie putts of 40 and 50 feet and added three 25-footers in a round of 7-under 64 to take a two-shot lead at the rainy Jamie Farr Toledo Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Lindberg has missed the cut in six of 10 starts this season. Pleasanton native Paula Creamer, who won here in 2008, had a 68 at Highlands Meadows.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.