Source: Howard deal awaiting league approval

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FILE -This file photo taken March 13, 2012, shows Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard during an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. The Los Angeles Lakers have a deal in place to acquire Dwight Howard from Orlando in a four-team, eight-player trade also involving Denver and Philadelphia, and the NBA has scheduled a conference call Friday Aug. 10, 2012 with the four general managers to finish the deal, according to multiple reports. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, file)
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FILE -This file photo taken March 13, 2012, shows Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard during an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. The Los Angeles Lakers have a deal in place to acquire Dwight Howard from Orlando in a four-team, eight-player trade also involving Denver and Philadelphia, and the NBA has scheduled a conference call Friday Aug. 10, 2012 with the four general managers to finish the deal, according to multiple reports. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, file)

Dwight Howard's departure from Orlando is nearly complete.

The All-Star center could be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers as soon as Friday, pending NBA approval of a four-team, eight-player trade also involving Denver and Philadelphia.

A person familiar with the details says a conference call has been set up Friday with team representatives and league officials.

Teams are required to get league approval once they have agreed upon the terms of a deal.

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