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Lakers trade rumors: Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes needed for Dwight Howard, according to report

The Lakers may be willing to settle for a trade that lands them both young wing players from Golden State.


The Los Angeles Lakers have begun reconsidering their stance on working out a sign-and-trade offer for free agent Dwight Howard. If the Golden State Warriors want to acquire the superstar big man only a package that includes both Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes would "appease" the Lakers, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

Reports have indicated that the Warriors are prepared to offer a package of Andrew Bogut and either Barnes or Thompson, but Los Angeles would have their eyes on both wing players.

Golden State has been "aggressively attempting" to seek out trade partners to absorb the expiring contracts of Bogut, Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson. The Warriors would need to clear roughly $30 million in salary cap to make Howard an offer without a sign-and-trade with the Lakers.

Howard has been rumored to be making his announcement Friday, but there are "no assurances" that he will make his decision known, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

- Drew

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