NBA Trade Rumor Roundup: Deadline Deals Won't Include Dwight Howard, Likely To Include Lakers

NBA trade rumors have until 3 p.m. EST to remain relevant so Thursday's Trade Rumor Roundup might not have as long of a lifespan as it has since the inception of this column thanks to the afternoon trade deadline. There are still quite a few deals to get to, however -- even with Dwight Howard apparently deciding to stay with the Orlando Magic for one more season.

Howard made the decision late Wednesday night to opt-in to an extra season in his contract, effectively making all of the speculation of where he might go absolutely worthless. Unless one listens to SB Nation's Tom Ziller, however, as he's an advocate of the Magic trading Howard now that he has opted-in ... which would just create an awesome, fun mess for everyone involved. Our own Mike Prada looked at something similar on Wednesday, too, deciding to check in on the best places the Magic could trade Howard just out of spite.

All isn't lost for the trade fanatics in the world, however, as the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be one of the more active teams when it comes to deals at the NBA trade deadline.

The Lakers are reportedly getting very close to a deal that would put Michael Beasley and Metta World Peace on the same team, according to numerous reports. In the proposed three-team trade, the Lakers would send either Steve Blake or a first-round pick to the Portland Trail Blazers and the Minnesota Timberwolves would receive Jamal Crawford from the Blazers in return for trading Beasley.

There are sure to be quite a few rumors coming out following the publishing of this column so be sure to stay tuned to our StoryStream dedicated exclusively to the NBA trade deadline for up-to-date news and rumors. For now, though, a look back at what everyone might have missed while they were sleeping.

Do you love when basketball teams make moves? Great! Aside from our NBA trade rumors StoryStream, we have you covered with NBA trade deadline previews from around the league.

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