Dwight Howard On Brink of Joining Lakers in Huge Four Team Deal

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

The Dwight Howard drama appears to finally be coming to an end as reports are that the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Denver Nuggets have agreed to a deal which the league will be reviewing Friday morning. The trade will land Howard in LA, Andre Iguodala in Denver, and Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson in Philly. The Magic will receive Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Moe Harkless, and one future first round pick from each of the other three teams. Orlando also gets to dump Richardson’s salary by sending him away.

Howard has proven to be a major headcase which has made him into arguably the most unlikable player in the league. When healthy he is a force to be reckoned with on the court but his back issues, which resulted in surgery in April, could prevent him from being ready for the start of this season and could impact his performance level and reliability going forward.

In terms of NBA 2K13 the Lakers would look to be greatly strengthened by bringing in Howard and still being able to keep Pau Gasol. With Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant it’ll be a starting lineup to be reckoned with. Denver gets better by adding Iguodala but their place in the deal has to be questioned in that they helped LA improve. Philadelphia will make out well only if they can sign Bynum to an extension. The Magic will be fairly dreadful but are clearly wiping the slate clean to try and build for the future. Earlier proposed deals, involving the Nets in particular but even the Rockets or Cavs, look to have been better for them though than what they got here.

  • Dan

    Howard not signing an extension with LA and will test free agency. Cant wait for him to piss off LA fans next year by leaving lol

    • deepen03

      why would he leave LA? but if he does, we’ll take him in BK! đŸ˜€


      He will not leave LA….not many better opportunities …Brooklyn signed Brook lopes to a long term deal..hes not going anywhere sir lol

  • magic fan

    good bye d12..now our team is really garbage now,but i will always be a fan of d12 no mater where he plays.best of luck!!


    Fuck EA!

  • Rob

    Lakers traded with a 10 year old GM.

  • mbrink12

    The Magic got a decent deal. Didn’t take on any really crazy contracts. Afflalo and Harrington put up good numbers last year and it will be a fresh start in Orlando. Although we lost the best Center we came out with the best deal possible.

    • DJ Promy

      I have to disagree bruh. Orlando had better options, a deal with Brooklyn would’ve given the Magic 2 cornerstones in Brook Lopez & MarShon Brooks. While a deal with Houston would’ve allowed them to remain competitive. But since they waited so long to pull the trigger on those deals they missed out & now are going to be a bottom feeder for the next 3-4 years. They have nothing to build around & are going into Training Camp with no positives.

      In other superstar deals, Denver got an entire Rotation for Melo, Hornets got the next great SG Eric Gordon back for CP3, Utah got the very promising Derrick Favors in return for D-Will. Orlando got no one of that calibur back in this deal. This was a salary dump IMO, & i’ll be surprised if the Magic are any better than the 12-70 Nets this season.

      • The Magic didn’t want to take on big contracts it doesn’t matter about where they will be for the next few years every team has to rebuild at some point and they decided to start now.


    Denver did the no no in this trade.

  • LAL won’t win title with this. Unless you are a delusional Laker fan they still can’t compete with OKC. Kobe is old and was fading down stretch playing constantly since 18yrs old and always shooting. Nash plays no defense, Pau is still a mental midget most of the time. The team really didn’t get that much better.

    • smsixx

      You would think that the Lakers would have learned by now…They did this same thing in 2004 (Added an aging Karl Malone and Gary Payton to the Shaq/Kobe combo)…Result: Lost to a younger more disciplined Pistons team in the finals…This team never learns…They love star power and thats it.

      • dingus

        ….they went to the Finals…..that’s better than most teams can say

        • Bane

          And then the entire Lakers organization blew-up after the NBA Finals. Shaq was traded to Miami, Payton was traded to the Celtics, Malone retired and Jackson left.

          Heck, LA missed the playoffs the next year, and even when Phil Jackson came back in 2005, the Lakers were barely a playoff team for the next 2.5 years. Until they traded for Pau Gasol in 2008 and made a run for thr Finals, those were some pretty forgettable and dark times for the Lakers. Well, except for Kobe dominating the stats column and scoring 81 points, for example.

          Calling it now: Mike Brown and/or Artest is what keeps the Lakers from winning a title this season. That, and a subpar bench.

          • Oh well

            I think the Thunder will have more to do with the Lakers not winning than anything

  • I’m Rick James Bitch!

    Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

  • the magic could have got so much more from the nets! stupid deal

  • FromanLAFAN

    Screw DH…I would rather keep Bynum in LA…he’s younger and will be better. Why LA wants to bring this clown in with his issues is beyond me.

  • A. Bynum

    Last I checked, Dwight Howard ain’t ever won a damn thing. Is this the same guy?

  • 49ersfan1

    pasta, there are more players included in this trade with mcroberts and eyenga heading to orlando and clark and some other guy going to LA.

  • clubsteve

    great deal for the lakers since they keep gasol…wow. but the question is, can dwight stay healthy all year? will dwight be happy now? kobe and nash are aging as well. will the make the west more interesting, that’s for sure.