Dwight Howard to Lakers in 4-team, 12-player deal

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“Sometimes, things don’t work out the way everyone hopes, and I think that was the case here,” Hennigan said. “We tried to establish a relationship with Dwight that was built on interpersonal exchanges. We always felt like that may evolve in one direction or another.”

Turns out, that direction was west.

Howard said part of his rehab after back surgery was walking around Beverly Hills, and he’d routinely meet the same woman along the route.

“She would say, ‘Come to the Lakers, come to the Lakers,’” Howard said. “If she’s watching, I’m here. Your wish came true.”

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AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney and AP Sports Writers Tom Withers, Jon Krawczynski, Greg Beacham and Dan Gelston contributed to this report.

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