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It’s official: League approves four-team deal, Howard a Laker

Aug 10, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

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Some Lakers fans were convinced David Stern was going to try to kill this blockbuster, balance changing trade. And you could bet if he really could have some owners (*cough*Mark Cuban*cough*) would have pressured him to do so.

But the league had no real standing to block this trade — because it can be justified for basketball reasons and because Stern is not the defacto owner of the team like he was with the Hornets when he called off the Chris Paul trade. This trade was going through. And it has, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network:

The teams finalized the trade on a call with NBA officials Friday afternoon.

So here is how the trade works out.

Lakers get: Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark,

Magic get: Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, three first round picks (one from each team), two second-round picks.

76ers get: Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson.

Nuggets get: Andre Iguodala.

As I said before, I like this trade a lot for the Lakers, Sixers and Denver. They all get better and have guys that fit with what they want to do.

As for Orlando, they said they wanted to get picks, get some good young players and save some cap space. There was no good deal for them to take, there was nothing remotely like equal value, so they looked for a way to rebuild. Most of the guys they just picked up are nice rotation players, and the picks will be lower in the draft order. However, the Magic are going to be bad and it is their own picks the next few years that will be key to them getting to rebuild through the draft.

Could they have saved more money and gotten better picks from Houston? Probably. This is not a great deal. But I don’t think we can call it a bust until we see how those picks pan out. And that’s going to take years.

But it’s done now, either way. Good luck, Magic fans. Lakers fans, you don’t need it.

  1. lakerslegacy2432 - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    # 6&7 for kobe, #1&2 for nash & dwight

  2. paulhargis53 - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Madonna? Really?! Your jokes are from a long time ago.

    Spain is going to shock the world.

    That’s a lot of posts dedicated to me.
    Obsessed much?

    • obijuan13 - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      They are not going to FLOP??? That would be a shock!!!

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      (this is from another post, but relevent here as well)

      With Spain being your new favorite team, I thought my next message to you should be en Espanol.

      Tu predicción firme de que Estados Unidos no va a ganar la medalla de oro socava todas las opiniones que se active en este sitio, y nada que pueda volver a decir va a ser tomado en serio.

      • obijuan13 - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        Estoy totalmente de acuerdo en la evaluación de la situación y apoyar a este post y lo que está tratando de transmitir. Tal vez por eso hay tanto distain para los Lakers debido al hecho de que ellos son un equipo de Estados Unidos, pero los mejores jugadores de España paga por ellos, por lo que un dilema existencial para decir lo menos.

  3. paulhargis53 - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Don’t care enough about what you think to translate your post.

    That I’m under your skin is good enough for me.
    Think about it. Youre obsessed with someone you don’t know. That’s kind of pathetic.

  4. eafeagles - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Will Bynum sign long term with the 6ers?

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      He will play out the season and become a free agent, he will not sign an extension, but I’d expect him to re-sign unless this coming season is a disaster.

  5. manchestermiracle - Aug 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Is it just me or is their some sort of ephemeral connection between Philly and L.A.? From way back when Wilt moved to L.A. from the 6ers to last year when the Flyers provided a couple key players to help the Kings to their first Cup to now with Bynum ending up in the City of Brotherly Love….Hmmm….Oh, and baseball, too: Victorino, Blanton….Lee?

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