In a four-team trade, the Lakers are poised to acquire Dwight Howard.
- The Lakers will send Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers, who also will receive Jason Richardson from the Orlando Magic.
- The Sixers will send guard Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets.
- The Magic will receive Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, rookie swingman Moe Harkless, three first-round draft picks and a 2013 second-round pick from the Nuggets (which is actually the Warriors pick).
- In addition to Howard, the Lakers will also receive Earl Clark and Chris Duhon from the Magic.
What does this mean for each team involved?
Los Angeles Lakers
First and foremost, for the Lakers, this means they are practically a lock for the Western Conference Finals. Their starting 5 will be Nash, Kobe, Artest, Gasol, and Howard.
That’s scary, especially for non-Laker fans like myself. The thought of Kobe and the purple and gold hoisting up another NBA Championship trophy makes me depressed.
Every baseball season, I just hope and pray the Yankees don’t win the World Series. Every basketball season I hope and pray the Lakers don’t win the NBA title. I have my teams that I love, but if they don’t win I then root against a couple of teams and am indifferent on who does end up winning.
The long and short of it is the Lakers are a real threat to win it all. I honestly think the only team that can stop them is the Heat.
They get Bynum, which is a big asset, and Jason Richardson, an aging guard who jacks up a lot of shots and doesn’t play defense.
Getting Bynum is a big step for the 76ers.
I am not a Bynum fan; I find him to be immature and mercurial at best. However, he is a beast in the paint. Spencer Hawes was coming along nicely, but Philly may want to trade him for a stretch PF or have him play alongside Bynum and model the Lakers’ two big man system. Hawes does possess a decent jump shot and is a great shot blocker and good rebounder.
Losing Igoudala isn’t a huge blow to the 76ers because they have a surplus of guard/forward types and scorers. I think they will be in or around the same playoff spot as they were last year, but they now pose a little more of a threat to Eastern Conference teams if they stay healthy.
They get Andre Iguodala. They gave up Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington, both great 3-point shooters and scorers along with a second round pick.
Wait, why did Denver get involved?
Unless they wanted to just dump salary, I don’t understand why they would give up Afflalo and Harrington. Afflalo is a very good shooter and Harrington is a valuable stretch forward. Getting Iguodala back isn’t exactly getting your money’s worth for those two guys, and shipping a second rounder to boot.
I am scratching my head at this move.
The Magic get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, rookie swingman Moe Harkless, three first-round draft picks and a 2013 second-round pick from the Nuggets.
My only negative is that the 76ers, not the Magic, got Bynum. Orlando did get some talent back, especially with Afflalo and Harrington, who were born to be on the Magic, where the mantra is shoot threes and shoot them often. However, the team motto of jacking up threes and letting the center rebound and dunk it or kick it back out doesn’t work when you don’t have a great center.
They did get some value in first round picks and a second rounder, which should help them rebuild in the next few years. But I think Magic fans were hoping they would get the center of the future in Bynum.
All in all, whether this deal ends up being a net positive or negative for the NBA, I am just happy the Howard saga has ended.
On the other hand, he hasn’t signed the extension with the Lakers yet.
Dwight, I will forgive you for all the crap you made me listen to over this past year if you screw the Lakers and leave after this year to bolt for free agency.
I can only dream…