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