LOS ANGELES Dwight Howard isn’t the only All-Star center dealing with commitment issues these days.
Andrew Bynum might soon face a decision on his future as well.
Bynum’s agent, David Lee, said Thursday that his client has not told him whether he would sign a contract extension with another team besides the Los Angeles Lakers, a move that is widely considered a precursor to any trade involving Howard.
“We’ve never had that conversation,” Lee said. “If we had a conversation every time there was talk about a trade, we’d be talking about other teams more than we would the Lakers.”
There were conflicting reports about whether Howard would be open to signing a long-term extension with the Lakers should Orlando trade the disgruntled center.
While RealGM.com reported that Howard would be amenable to staying with the Lakers for years to come, ESPN quoted Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, as saying that his client intended to explore free agency in the summer of 2013 no matter which team traded for him.
Around the league
Houston: The Rockets are sending shooting guard Courtney Lee to Boston in a multi-team trade.
The Rockets will receive a second-round pick in next year’s draft from Boston, via Charlotte, forward JaJuan Johnson, guard E’Twaun Moore and forward/center Sean Williams. Houston will also acquire the rights to guard Job Diebler from Portland. The Celtics completed the deal by trading guard/forward Sasha Pavlovic to Portland.
Preseason: The Magic and Hornets will play an exhibition in Mexico City on Oct. 7.
The game will be the NBA’s 18th in Mexico City and 20th in the country, most for anyplace outside the United States and Canada.