The Golden State Warriors are looking to trade away several players in an effort to secure the services of Dwight Howard.

ESPN reports that the California-based franchise are becoming ‘increasingly convinced’ that they can sign the all-star free agent, in a deal that would land a significant blow on cross-state rivals the LA Lakers.

Golden State aren’t alone in their pursuit of the centre of course, with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks both eager to bring the player to Texas. The Lakers haven’t given up hope of re-signing the first pick in the 2004 NBA draft either.

A move to the Warriors looked like a huge long-shot less than a week ago, but after making an impression on the player in their meeting with him Wednesday, they are now looking to free the required cap room.

The report goes on to claim the Warriors are trying to unload three big-money contracts that are close to expiring, with Andrew Bogut ($14 million), Richard Jefferson($11 million) and Andris Biedrins ($9 million) the names in question.

ESPN also cite sources close to Golden State when claiming that they are willing to add first-round draft pick to go alongside a player, as they look to create a space in the region of $20 million for a Howard contract.

The Warriors will have to move fast if they are to land Howard though, with a decision expected July 10th at the latest.

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