One of the greatest players in
to join the
In a Twitter message Thursday, former Lakers star
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
from the Phoenix Suns.
Nash's addition could help sway Howard into wanting to join the Lakers.
But for the
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.
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
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.