Dwight Howard traded to the Lakers in 4-team deal with Magic, Nuggets and 76ers

The national Dwightmare is over: Howard is officially heading to LA

8/9/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jan 20, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) meet prior to the start of the game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIREAfter a season full of ridiculous bickering and posturing, Dwight Howard has finally been traded.

Howard will be heading to the Los Angeles Lakers in a 4-team trade that also involves some huge young stars like Andrew Bynum, Andre Iguodala and Al Harrington.

The breakdown:
The Lakers get Dwight Howard.
The Denver Nuggets get Andre Iguodala.
The Philadelphia 76ers get Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson.
The Orlando Magic get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, and a protected first round pick from each of the other 3 teams.

Barring an unlikely scenario in which NBA commissioner David Stern strikes down the deal, this trade leaves the Lakers with a starting lineup of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, and Howard.

That immediately puts them in the conversation with the Thunder for the best team in the Western Conference, and should get everyone talking about an incredibly intriguing finals matchup of the Lakers vs the Heat.

Magic fans will likely be disappointed with their return in the trade, but the bottom line is that Dwight had them by the throat, and they were running out of time to get anything done.

Now, the Lakers have to convince Howard to sign an extension, and the 76ers will probably want to do the same with Bynum. Both big men are poised to be free agents at the end of the season.

Do you think this makes the Lakers the favorites in the West, or are the Thunder still the team to beat? Did the Magic get enough in return for Dwight? Let your voice be heard in the comments section below.
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1/2/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

the nightmare that IS the Lakers is beginning to fully manifest itself.  The classic example of a team not having team chemistry and feel for one another.  Big name, future hall of famers that can't adapt and adjust to the strengths of each other.  Is similar to the HEAT the first year with LeBron.  Finding their identity and their roles to mesh with one another.  They figured it out year 2.  The Lakers are on this missions that they must win now.  And that puts pressure on the team and the players individually to force it and do it Now!  Age is not on their side to build to the next year and you have Howard that will get disgruntled and leave because he didn't win Now!  I see very little positives coming out of LakerLand!  It's more like Disneyland right now.

8/10/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

genobibb007 wrote:
Good points, but I don't use injuries and not being able to figure out a system as excuses. Injuries are a part of the game. For a team to reach the finals the will have to play over 100 games to get there. It's looks good on paper, but you can't win a championship on paper. If major injuries don't pile up  and they start playing their best basketball in June then some wonderful things can and will happen, it's a long way to go. That applies to all the teams in the league, they all will have to go through the same thing.

yes well as I have said put an asterisk by the 2012 championship.  Shortened season.  Injuries can ruin a team, case in point, chicago bulls this last season.  

If you join a team you need to learn the system, no excuses.  You can argue phil jackson should have gone to a simpler game plan for payton and malone but then again you can be preferential to new guys, the system is what it was.  They were the wrong fit for that team.  And Malone got injured so he became a non factor. 

I'm putting my money on the Lakers; smarter, wiser with a monster defender in Howard and World Peace.  Talk to me again in June baby!  lol

lets see if LeBron can win a 82 game championship season.

8/10/12   |   genobibb007   |   18138 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
Malone did get injured so he ended up being a non factor too.  And as much as I love Phil Jackson Malone and Payton never figured out the triangle.  They were strictly pick and roll guys.  And both were much older at the time.  Yes Nash is older but they will be doing pick and roll and arguably a far better pt guard hands down and Howard is 26.  Nash is the best pick and roll guy working today and will make Gasol look 5 years younger and Kobe as well.  Better than just on paper!

Good points, but I don't use injuries and not being able to figure out a system as excuses. Injuries are a part of the game. For a team to reach the finals the will have to play over 100 games to get there. It's looks good on paper, but you can't win a championship on paper. If major injuries don't pile up  and they start playing their best basketball in June then some wonderful things can and will happen, it's a long way to go. That applies to all the teams in the league, they all will have to go through the same thing.

8/10/12   |   BEAZY31   |   276 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
Malone did get injured so he ended up being a non factor too.  And as much as I love Phil Jackson Malone and Payton never figured out the triangle.  They were strictly pick and roll guys.  And both were much older at the time.  Yes Nash is older but they will be doing pick and roll and arguably a far better pt guard hands down and Howard is 26.  Nash is the best pick and roll guy working today and will make Gasol look 5 years younger and Kobe as well.  Better than just on paper!

you must be soooooo happy still i'll take miami in 7

8/10/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

genobibb007 wrote:
Glad to see GM Mitch Kupchak working hard this summer as usual to try and build another championship  in La La land. The key to this deal was getting  Howard and also keep one of the other bigs (Gasol). With the addition of Nash and Jamerson the Lakers are primed for another championship run. Now it's up to the coaching staff, to put together a system to get these guys clicking together. This deal certainly brings some excitement and optimism back to L.A. let's just hope it doesn't backfire like it did in 04 when the Lakers lost in the finals to a Pistons team that didn't seem to have a chance in the world against, Kobe, Shaq, Karl Malone, Gary Payton etc.

Malone did get injured so he ended up being a non factor too.  And as much as I love Phil Jackson Malone and Payton never figured out the triangle.  They were strictly pick and roll guys.  And both were much older at the time.  Yes Nash is older but they will be doing pick and roll and arguably a far better pt guard hands down and Howard is 26.  Nash is the best pick and roll guy working today and will make Gasol look 5 years younger and Kobe as well.  Better than just on paper!

8/10/12   |   genobibb007   |   18138 respect

(Edited by genobibb007)

Glad to see GM Mitch Kupchak working hard this summer as usual to try and build another championship  in La La land. The key to this deal was getting  Howard and also keep one of the other bigs (Gasol). With the addition of Nash and Jamerson the Lakers are primed for another championship run. Now it's up to the coaching staff, to put together a system to get these guys clicking together. This deal certainly brings some excitement and optimism back to L.A. let's just hope it doesn't backfire like it did in 04 when the Lakers lost in the finals to a Pistons team that didn't seem to have a chance in the world against, Kobe, Shaq, Karl Malone, Gary Payton etc.

8/10/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

I have fine things to say... 1.  Nash,  2.  Howard,  3. Gasol  4. Artest,  and 5... oh yeah, Kobe!

8/10/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Scott wrote:
I just figured since the Magic had the center piece in the deal that they'd get something more useful then a couple of roll players, a couple of unproven young bigs and some draft picks that are more then likely going to be early to late 20's at best.  Sure, the Magic are going to suck enough to have a chance to hit the lottery but that puts a lot of pressure on the front office to not screw up the draft for the next 3-5 years

Certainly, but remember their GM just came from OKC where they did this exact thing, and of their elite players only KD was a super hyped prospect at the time.  Many thought they reached on Westbrook, and a fair amount of people thought they did on Harden too.  OKC also got Ibaka at the 24th pick, which is probably where their draft picks in this trade will be.  OKC took their plan from San Antionio which got Parker and Ginobili later in the draft as well.  Orlando has a clear plan in place, and they've achieved the 1st step. 

8/9/12   |   Scott   |   51979 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
This is the rare trade where everyone wins.

Lakers become real contenders as Dwight is about the one person in the NBA that might make a driving LeBron reconsider.  Philly turned a very good wing player into the #2 center in the NBA.  Denver gave up almost nothing to gain an All Star.  And Orlando picks up two young bigs, a good role player in Aflalo, and has the ability to pick from the top 3 or 5 picks for the next three years.  They'll be implementing the OKC plan, which given they had to get rid of Dwight was their best option.

I just figured since the Magic had the center piece in the deal that they'd get something more useful then a couple of roll players, a couple of unproven young bigs and some draft picks that are more then likely going to be early to late 20's at best.  Sure, the Magic are going to suck enough to have a chance to hit the lottery but that puts a lot of pressure on the front office to not screw up the draft for the next 3-5 years

8/9/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

This is the rare trade where everyone wins.

Lakers become real contenders as Dwight is about the one person in the NBA that might make a driving LeBron reconsider.  Philly turned a very good wing player into the #2 center in the NBA.  Denver gave up almost nothing to gain an All Star.  And Orlando picks up two young bigs, a good role player in Aflalo, and has the ability to pick from the top 3 or 5 picks for the next three years.  They'll be implementing the OKC plan, which given they had to get rid of Dwight was their best option.

8/9/12   |   Scott   |   51979 respect

They might as well just contract Orlando right now