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The Orlando Magic may not recover from this disappearing act. Its superstar, Dwight Howard, a non-free agent that was still the biggest name in free agency, finally walks away with a deal in Los Angeles to play with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, and the Lakers. I do not get why in the world the Magic took this deal. Did they just completely overlook the Brooklyn Nets deal? Howard averaged 20.6 points per game, 14.5 rebounds per game and an astonishing 2.2 blocks per game last season. So, the Magic lets him go and now they have one of the worst teams in the league. I remember learning that the same thing happened in 1996 with Shaquille O’Neal going to the Lakers from the Magic, and then winning 3 straight titles with Kobe Bryant. Now Kobe will, in my opinion, get his sixth ring to tie Michael Jordan, thanks to the Magic...
Back to the full trade, the Lakers also acquired Earl Clark and Chris Duhon from Orlando, which I think will be a great fit for Los Angeles. The Philadelphia 76ers acquire Andrew Bynum from the Lakers, and I think that Bynum will fit well there. Igoudala goes to the Nuggets from the Sixers and gets to play with Ty Lawson. I think that the Lakers, Nuggets, and 76ers all received good players and good material to build around in this trade. The Magic, however, got the worst out of this deal but had the best player in this deal. They added Aaron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Josh McRoberts, Chris Eyenga, Nikola Vucevic, and rookie Moe Harkless to their roster. In draft picks, they got a protected first round pick from the Sixers in 2014 and one from the Lakers in 2017, their second-round picks include the Nuggets pick in 2013, and the Lakers pick in 2015. The Lakers know they got a steal for Dwight and I’ll be interested to see how well they do together next season. I know that it will definitely be exciting. How do you feel about the Dwight Howard trade? Add your thoughts/comments!
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.