The Lakers can forget about trying to get Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.
The Lakers won't get him before Thursday's trade deadline at noon PDT. Nor will they get him during the free agency signing period in July.
ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard first reported that Howard has waived his early termination option and will stay with the Magic through the 2012-13 season.
That has an instant trickle effect on the Lakers' front-office dealings. One, it's safe to say Lakers center Andrew Bynum will remain a Laker. The front office hadn't planned to deal him unless it involved a deal for Howard. The Lakers also remain impressed with Bynum's career-high 17.8 points on 57.7% shooting and 12.9 rebounds per game. More important, Bynum hasn't experienced any significant pain in his surgically repaired right knee, at least not enough to keep him sidelined. It's a good bet the Lakers will exercise their $16.1-million team option on Bynum for the 2012-13 season.