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25 Observations about the Dwight Howard trade

Aug 10, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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25 observations about the Dwight Howard trade to send Howard to the Lakers, Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets, Andrew Bynum to the Sixers, and very little to the Orlando Magic.

1. Let’s start with LA, since they’re the moneymaker for media and they get the best player. Wow. Holy Wow. Holy Geez Wow. The amount of talent on one team is just absurd.

2. We know where Nash fits, in the pick and roll with Howard. We know where Nash and Pau fit. We even know where Pau and Howard fit, with what we saw from Gasol’s lobs to Bynum last season. But where does Kobe fit in this? Pick and roll with Howard? Perimeter outlet shooter? Is he the winch at the elbow? How does tis work? Can he really deal with being a perimeter-outlet/ backcut scorer? That’s going to be a fascinating dynamic to watch. Beyond, you know, the general death and destruction this team will create on a nightly basis.

3. I thought that the Lakers would land Howard at the start, because it makes sense, right? Given what we know about the NBA, the Lakers getting what they want seems like a thing that would happen. I was convinced otherwise by Dwight and his agent’s constant scheming and pushing of the narrative, with all signs headed to Brooklyn, but looks like that wasn’t the case. Unfortunately, it appears the Magic passed up what would have been a bad deal for the Magic with the Nets for an equally-bad-if-not-worse deal for the Magic with the four-team trade.

4. Howard gets warm weather, star power, a championship-contending team and will eventually get the money he wants. Because, really, when you look at everything he’s pulled in the last year, that seems fair.

5. For the Magic, I do think we need to give this trade some time before we react to it, but of course, no one will. They didn’t get rid of Hedo Turkoglu‘s contract, despite it being with range of being dumpable, they didn’t lose Glen Davis‘ contract, despite him having a surprisingly good year last year, they didn’t land an Eric Gordon player (who didn’t exist on the market). Getting Iguodala wouldn’t have helped him, at his age, salary, and role. Getting Bynum wouldn’t have helped them with his age, salary, and expiring nature (do you want to see how Bynum reacts to being on a lottery team? Because I don’t.) doesn’t help them. Getting Pau Gasol wouldn’t have helped them. We have to wait a year to see what they do in the draft and with the rest of the contracts on roster. But the lottery protections being reported on the picks make this really tough. That is the one element that makes it worse than the proposed Nets trade. You needed to at least have the possibility of getting a good pick if everything went haywire for a team.

6. It’s not a total loss for the Magic. Getting rid of the contracts of JRich and Duhon is considerable, and it’ll get lost but both Vucevic and Harkless are quality players. It doesn’t make up for the overall stench of the deal, but there is some potential there, and most of it is on easy-to-move contracts.

7. The Sixers finally got off the pot, to to speak. After talking about trading Andre Iguodala for four years, they finally pull the trigger and land the second-best center in the league. Bynum gives them the dominant offensive force they’ve been looking for, a go-to player who can also defend, and has no equal in the Eastern Conference. With a young, athletic roster and a great defensive system, the Sixers could challenge for the Atlantic title.

8. That’s assuming Bynum’s healthy. And motivated. And doesn’t kill Doug Collins. Or Collins kills him. So yeah, question marks.

9. The Sixers go from starting Hawes and Kwame Brown to likely bringing Brown off the bench and playing Thaddeus Young a high percentage of the time at the combo-forward spot. Oh, and they have Lavoy Allen. They have an army of bigs to throw at teams.

10. Denver is prepared to meet the athletic-wing hordes from Houston on the fields of battle with their own army.

11. Gallo moves back to the two-spot, where he was in New York, Wilson Chandler and Jordan Hamilton make up the reserve core, and the Nuggets have a more versatile playmaker who can also defend at an elite level. Big win for the Nuggets.

12. If you get an extension from the Nuggets, you might as well sell your house at this point.

13. Lawson-Iguodala-McGee is a pretty great core on its own, before you throw in Kenneth Faried and Gallinari. The Nuggets have about six guys who can defend multiple positions.

14. There’s not really a player that Iguodala doesn’t make better on that team. Lawson’s off-ball abilities will thrive with Iguodala on the floor, and McGee will prosper in the pick and roll. And he provides some veteran leadership in the locker room next to his old teammate Andre Miller.

15. Seriously, Steve-Nash-to-Dwight-Howard pick-and-roll. Run for your lives.

16. The Magic should have moved either Davis or Turkoglu in this deal, even with those deals not being as toxic as perceived. They should have gotten protection-free picks. They should have gotten a better prospect out of the deal or waited till one came available.

17. But then, they might have been able to had Howard not constantly and maliciously damaged their leverage at every turn.

18. Dwight Howard’s last act as an Orlando Magic player was skipping his own basketball camp… for kids.

19. Who’s ready for the Jameer Nelson-Aaron Afflalo-Moe Harkless-Glen Davis- Andrew Nicholson era?

20. Pau Gasol is now the fourth-best player on his team. Metta World Peace, an elite defender, is now fifth.

21. The Sixers have to be right there for the Atlantic now. And Jonas Valanciunas for the Raptors has to face Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, Andrew Bynum, and Tyson Chandler 12 times a year. Somebody buy the kid a beer.

22. And hey, the trade didn’t get vetoed! So we’ve got that going for us. And by us, I mean everyone who didn’t want to hear complaints about the owner of a team rejecting a bad deal.

23. There will be a lot of backstory blame passed around the Magic organization to try and figure out who was in charge, ownership or Rob Hennigan. Not the way you wanted to start.

24. Remember when Melo-Amar’e was a powerful team-up? Remember when Deron WilliamsJoe Johnson was big news?

25. We might just get that Heat-Lakers, LeBron-Kobe finals after all.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    26. The Lakers got a top-5 player for Andruw Bynum. I repeat…an all-time Center…a guy who is the best center in the league by a WIDE MARGIN…for Andruw Bynum. A guy who has missed what, 130+ games the last 5 years. Sure, he’s #2 center. He’s not in Howard’s class.

    27. Did you really say this “both Vucevic and Harkless are quality players” No they are not. Not yet. They “could become quality players”. But they are NOT quality players. One had a “nice” rookie year and the other hasn’t even played a game yet.

    28. Orlando fleeced themselves here. And the Lakers were happy to be on the receiving end once again. This trade makes the Pau Gasol trade look even.

    • saint1997 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      29. I think it’s obvious the magic did this deliberately. They could have got a better trade that made them a new look Rockets but have instead clearly decided to tank and go from there.

  2. tigershark49 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    I am so happy! Go Lakers!

    • barroomhero80 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Let them hate… The Lakeshow is gonna blow up thier teams this season!

      • chiadam - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        THEIR…blow up a dictionary. Moron.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 11, 2012 at 4:07 AM

        Bitter much, chiadam?

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        Grammar and spelling police, maltliquor guy.

      • saint1997 - May 30, 2013 at 6:48 AM

        hahahhahahahhahahahhahahahhahahahhahahahahahha!! how foolish are you now? anything to say for yourself?

    • andrewproughcfe - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Can’t imagine that Nugget fans are so happy. Seems like they’ve ensured they won’t stand a chance of a title for the next 6 years by helping the Lakers get the league’s most dominant center while the Nuggets themselves only got incrementally better with Iguodala.

  3. philadelphiafan - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    OKC still > Lakers

    • loungefly74 - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      we will see…

  4. pop562 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM


    • thesixersbench - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      For now. We’ll see in a year or two when Kobe/Nash are toast and our young core is just approaching the height of its powers.

      Enjoy the present…for the future belongs to the Sixers and the Thunder.

      • pop562 - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        and in the future the lakers are going to sign great players again and will always stay relevant.

      • thesixersbench - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:18 AM

        Lulls happen. Look at 90’s. Dwight in LA helps immeasurably, though – who wouldn’t wanna play with someone of his skill set?

      • thesixersbench - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        They’re lookin’ real sharp so far.

      • pop562 - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:37 AM

        yes, they are making the playoffs while the Sixers aren’t even sniffing the playoffs. How’s Bynum working out for the Sixers?

      • pop562 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        gotta love that Andrew Bynum trade, how did that work out for you guys.

    • thesixersbench - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      About as well as it worked out for the Lakers. Something tells me a miserable season, first round embarrassment and Dwight leaving in free agency (it’s gonna happen) isn’t how Lakers fans forecasted this.

  5. beavertonsteve - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I’m curious where this would leave the Lakers if Howard, for whatever reasons, leaves after the season. What kind of cap room would they have?

    Where would this leave the Lakers in 2 or 3 years with their non-Howard core all headed towards 40 and beyond?

    Even if Howard promised to resign after the season it’s still not binding. Some bad chemistry or injuries could have him headed out the door to Dallas pretty easily.

    • wlubake - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      The lakers would have no cap room, and would be over the tax line. They have over $78M committed next year without Howard.

  6. pop562 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    If Howard doesn’t resign with the lakers then bynum will come back to the laker’s with no hard feelings…all of this is speculation and the what ifs…nobody knows, so just let it play out first and see what happens.

  7. paulhargis53 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    pop, that’s one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. Bynum is all about the $.

    How great would it be if Howard walked?!

    • bozosforall - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:54 AM

      Great? Great only for crybaby lifelong Puh C’s like you, pudhogmouth53.

  8. noahbird - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Kobe’s best individual days are behind him. Nonetheless, go Lakers!

  9. 1bucfan813 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    the magic are the winners in the trade. Howard was not going to sign with the magic next year. The magic got 5 players , 3 first round picks and 2 2nd round picks. They get to get younger and can land some playmakers. If they had not traded Howard they would’ve not been able to rebuild.

    • beavertonsteve - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      I think the Magic WANTED to get bad for a couple years. Taking on Bynum or Lopez would have made them contenders for a #8 seed and 1st round exit fodder for a few years with no draft help in sight. No they can get blown out for a year or two and try to reload.

      • scalfor3 - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        thats exactly why they should have taken the deal houston was offering. more/better picks, lots of young guys with potential who could either develop or be used as trade chips to get a star (thats how boston got ray allen and kg). they still would have been pretty bad but there would be hope.

      • bozosforall - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM

        The Puh C’s gave up garbage players for Garnett and Allen. Jefferson must be on his tenth team by now.

  10. barroomhero80 - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Suck it like ur mom chiadam bahahahaha

  11. raidmagic - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I’m happy personally that Dwight Howard the person is gone!!! Dwight Howard the player will be sorely missed but what can ya do?

  12. omniusprime - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    It’s not a matter of how Kobe meshes with the Hollywood Diva, it’s how the Dwightmare meshes with Kobe. The Lakers are still Kobe’s team and Dwight Coward is going to have to play Kobe’s tune or he’ll have Kobe’s foot up his keister all season long. I can only hope that Kobe and Nash can teach this Diva punk some manners and a proper work ethic. Now we’ll have to see if the Laker’s weakest link, Clueless Clown Brown, can do the right thing coaching all this talent. We also need to replace Steve Flake with a much better young point guard.

    • knightrider1755 - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      Kobe’s gonna drive Dwight out of town like he did Shaq. There’s not enough room on that team for those two humongous egos.

  13. lew24 - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    In those famous words spoken by LeBron a couple of summers ago, “Not one, not two..not three, not four…”

    Well….maybe two if the Lakers are very lucky! Either way it should be fun to watch!

  14. knightrider1755 - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    All that maneuvering and the Magic still end up with Turkoglu. They got ripped, pure and simple.

  15. BigBeachBall - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Big deal… Howard and Bynum are the same player…. Nash was the real homerun for Lakernation… the gap in talent between steve nash and Ramon Sessions is a lot bigger than Bynum versus Howard….

  16. ksctychiefs - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    26. ….march 12: …lakers AT the magic(amway center)……bring your earplugs because the noise will be deafening!!………
    27:…..dwightmare torched orlando ,and LA will be next….kobe and dwightmare on the same team doesn’t compute….just ask shaq….

    • manchestermiracle - Aug 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      Kobe had no say over Shaq signing with the Lakers in ’96. Kobe had just joined the team the year before and wasn’t even playing yet. This scenario is entirely different. Are any of you dolts who are claiming Howard and Bryant won’t get along just fine really naive enough to think Laker management didn’t have Bryant sign off on this? Do you really think Bryant won’t welcome Howard with open arms? In my opinion Bryant should be quite happy to not have to deal with Bynum’s immaturity and tendency to flake at inopportune times. Bynum had his ring and is all about money. Howard has no ring and thus the motivation to get one.

      • ksctychiefs - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        do i really think ‘kobe won’t accept dwightmare with open arms’?…..YES!!!!….

  17. Miami305 - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Still won’t beat the Heat. Sorry.

  18. shanelsweet - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Hey Matt, after watching every Wizards game of McGee’s career, please let me assure you that he can’t guard multiple positions (#13) or work the pick and role (#14). He can’t even guard his own center position much less anything on the wings. Denver shouldn’t expect anything but occasional blocks and frequent lay-ups or dunks ’cause he likes to jump rather than move his feet. On offense, he’s clueless. I’ve watched him botch hundreds of pick and roll attempts by making the same stupid mistakes time after time. He’s not suddenly going to “get it” in Denver. Now, back to the the Dwightmare.

  19. ksctychiefs - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    28. note to front offices everywhere(nba,nfl,nhl,mlb):….dont turn the franchise keys over to superstars.

    29. superstars should at least attend their own kids camp before leaving town.

  20. jimeejohnson - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    30. Howard now has access to the real avocados, the real Disneyland, and the real Universal Studios. The Florida ones are poseurs!

  21. saint1997 - May 30, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    hahahhahhahahhhahaha how wrong you were!!

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