The saga is finally over as the Orlando Magic have finally traded Dwight Howard. Sending him to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three team deal that also sees Andre Igudola on the move to Denver, Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson to the 76ers.
Other pieces of the deal include Orlando has acquiring Aaron Afflalo and Al Harrington from Denver, Maurice Harkless and Nikola Vucevic from Philadelphia, as well as Josh McRoberts and Christian Eyenga from the Los Angeles Lakers while the Magic traded Howard, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark to the Lakers.
In addition, the Magic have also acquired five additional draft picks over the next five years. Orlando receives: a second round pick from Denver in 2013, a first round pick from either Denver or New York in 2014, a conditional first round pick from Philadelphia and a conditional second round pick from the L.A. Lakers in 2015, and a conditional first round pick from the L.A. Lakers in 2017.
Now that Howard is with the Lakers, it will be interesting to see how his silly nature matches up with Kobe and Steve Nash. Defensively the Lakers should be vastly improved and with the additions of coach Eddie Jordan and Nash should be able to find a way to make all the pieces work on offense.
The team I think people are missing is how the 76ers improved with this move. They get the 2nd best big man in the league for trading a guy in Iguodola who is very good, but not the guy who you can expect to carry your team to a championship.
Under Doug Collins and as the number one guy, we’ll get to see if Bynum can carry a team as the go to guy.
The 2012-2013 season is going to be a fun year.