The nightmare of Dwight Howard and his trade demands is nearing the finish line. It appears that the Orlando Magic have a deal in place to send the center to the Los Angeles Lakers. Andrew Bynum would go to the Philadelphia 76ers, Andre Iguodala would go to the Denver Nuggets and a bunch of pieces that equal about 25 cents on the dollar would head to the Magic.
As we have learned from trades past, just because a trade is agreed upon, that does not mean that it will happen. Things can still happen but the FRAMEWORK of the deal seems to be all secured. The league will have conference call to approve everything and make sure everything checks out. After that, the deal will be done, Dwight Howard will be traded and we can all move on with our lives.
A quick analysis of this trade has the 76ers as the big winners, the Nuggets and Lakers as sort of winners and the Magic as the big losers. The 76ers get a star center without giving up a ton of pieces. They give up a decent amount but it is worth getting a center.
The Lakers pick up Howard, which is nice. Not having Pau Gasol in this deal is huge for the team but it remains to be seen how this team will work together. A lot of options that will want the ball a lot. The Nuggets get a wing guy in Iggy who can play good defense and give them another creator.
The poor Magic look like they got fleeced with this but they did add a lot of young, cost controlled players. It could have been worse but it certainly could have been better. Then again, you rarely win trades where you send out a superstar.