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Magic Johnson: Adding Dwight Howard would make Lakers a 'championship team'

One of the greatest players in

NBA

history wants

Dwight Howard

to join the

Los Angeles Lakers

.

In a Twitter message Thursday, former Lakers star

Magic Johnson

wrote: "@DwightHoward would be the final piece to make the @Lakers a championship team for a long time."

The Lakers took a step back toward title contention Wednesday, when they reached a sign-and-trade deal to acquire two-time NBA MVP

Steve Nash

from the Phoenix Suns.

Nash's addition could help sway Howard into wanting to join the Lakers.

But for the

Magic

and the Lakers to agree to a deal that would send Howard to Los Angeles, the disgruntled Orlando superstar likely would have to give assurances he would sign a long-term deal with the Lakers.

Meanwhile, 7-foot-2

Andrew Bynum

likely would have to tell Magic officials he would sign a long-term deal to remain in Orlando.

Both Howard and Bynum have one season remaining on their current contracts.

Howard wants to join the

Brooklyn Nets

and, without specifying the Nets, has said that he wants to play long term for only one team.

Johnson no longer has an ownership stake in the Lakers, but he's still a vice president of the Lakers.

jbrobbins@tribune.com. Read his blog at OrlandoSentinel.com/magicblog. Subscribe to our Orlando Magic newsletter at OrlandoSentinel.com/joinus.

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