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

Aug 10, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard Getty Images

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. cantonbound13 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:52 PM


    • BigBeachBall - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM


    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Don’t you hate it when diva players get their way and join forces with other great players to form superteams; all the while real fans of real teams are stuck with their teams making desperate moves in an ultimately futile attempt to keep up with the “haves”?

      I say that this season someone should follow every PBT article written about the Lakers and bad mouth/be-little/ridicule/criticize everything they do; all the while deriving pleasure from any loss or perceived set-back, rooting only for their favorite “real” team and any team that plays the Lakers.

      I agree it would take someone with no life to do this, but surely there must be someone out there in PBT land who would be willing to spend their time just posting negative comments about the Lakers all day everyday. CB13…can you think of anyone who would be willing to do that?

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

        Grow up.

      • cosanostra71 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        You could have achieved the same thing you did in three paragraphs in just one sentence: “I’m butthurt people don’t like the Heat.”

        Like there aren’t a plethora of people on here, and in general, that hate on the Lakers. Read paulhargis’ comments some time.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        What? I can’t dick on CB13 a little?

      • philtration - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        Funny how you used the words “dick” and “little” in the same sentence.

        Was that a Freudian slip?

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        I only make dick jokes if Greg Oden is somehow involved in the humor.

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:22 AM

        I hope you enjoyed your lockout shortened championship, because the Heat have no shot against the Lakers the next couple of years.

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:26 AM

        72 is a typical sensitive Heat fan. Why does everybody hate us, why????

  2. liamj55 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    You’re right…… FOR THE 10..9..8… 76ERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. eerock41 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    why would the comish veto this deal. this is what the NBA wants. the NBA does not care what the fans think.

  4. nyasdad14 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Orlando played the waiting game for this? They should have just traded him to the Nets. At least they would have gotten better value.

    • raidmagic - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Would you net fans please quit saying Lopez on a max contract was better. Picks from any of these team won’t be great picks but they won’t be strapped to Lopez on a max deal. In another year when alot of these guys get bought out and the Magic have 40 million to spend this will all make sense. Lopez isn’t a player to max out and try to build around. Bynum would have been brought here for that.

  5. kenyanteg123 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Wow, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard on the same team. I don’t think anyone will be able to stop them now. I’m not saying they’ll win the championship, but it will sure be a tough match up for a lot of teams out there to defend. And they have so much depth on their roster as well as superstar players. I’d rather play the Heat before I play the Lakers any day.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      ….So much depth?

      Same bench as last year (rated worst in the NBA) + Antawn Jamison = so much depth?

      Lakers are a great team and probable #1 seed in the West – but not because of their “depth.”

      • kenyanteg123 - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

        So you’re telling me Steve Blake, and Chris Duhon in the backcourt, along with Jordan Hill, Antwan Jamison, 2 promising young players in Earl Clark and Darrius Morris isn’t enough depth for you? I mean they have some good pieces man who can contribute.

      • mrpostman985 - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        Dey have four different scoring options which means a lot of rest for Kobe which means he won’t b burnt out late in games so he can close them !! And last I checked Jamison average 17 PTs last year and he’s a better shooter than odam was sooooo we good!!

  6. fhuizar - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Competitive Balance

  7. fhuizar - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Dan Gilbert letter in 3…..2…….1……

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Dan’s just mad because the deals involving the Cavaliers helping build a Super-Team with the Nets or Lakers in order to get Bynum fell through.

      Now that his hypocritical attempt to get in on the action failed, he will now issue that letter.

  8. paulhargis53 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Hopefully your post is an excellent case of sarcasm. Otherwise I worry about your future well being….

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      Have your posts about the USA not winning the gold medal been sarcastic?

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

      What a douchy response.

  9. philadelphiafan - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM


  10. pop562 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Signed, sealed and delivered.

  11. chiadam - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    The Lakers have about $120 million tied to six players in 2013 – 2014 after factoring in luxury (and assuming Howard stays). Since you can’t, you know, have a team with six players on it, they’ll need six more. For each one, add a minimum of 1.5X their salary to the payroll. They’ll probably get into the 2X tax hit area sooner or later. They could easily hit $140 million in payroll. If you think every team besides NY and LA won’t demand a hard cap when this CBA expires, I have a bridge to sell you.

  12. paulhargis53 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    What my posts about that have to with this, only you know. But ok, I’ll bite.

    No, they weren’t.The USA hasn’t won Dick yet. 2 more chances to lose, and Spain is in the Gold game already.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      “two more chances to lose”. Wow.

      It’s your country, Paulie, and we have the best basketball team in the world. This should not upset you. But if somehow they don’t win gold (anything is possible), enjoy your party of one.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Only up 7 at half! You must be very excited. Listening to your Evita soundtrack to get pumped for the 2nd half?

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      17 points after three. Come on Paulie. Put on the lucky Maradona jersey!

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Is it up to 30 yet? Don’t give up Paulie. No way the USA wins this game.

    • atahualpaoxford - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:50 AM

      I sincerely hope that USA wins by 90 points…

      What Spain did against Brazil was a crying shame…the threw the game in order to avoid playing the USA….

      Hope you enjoy the silver medal…because the closest to gold that you will get is if you discover a sunken spanish galleon …

  13. pop562 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Dynasty = Dwight-nashty!!!

  14. proballerslounge - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Looking for writers

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM


  15. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    “I don’t think we can call it a bust until we see how those picks pan out.”

    Yes we can. It’s a bust. A terrible trade. Instead of getting around 30 cents on the dollar with the Nets trade…or 40 cents on the dollar with the Rockets trade…they got around 3 cents on the dollar with this trade.

    They could have gotten 3 unprotected draft picks from the Nets and instead they get 3 protected picks? They could have gotten rid of Turkoglu and received both Bynum and Gasol. Instead, they caved and got nothing for an all-time center. Pathetic deal.

    They played chicken with the Lakers and the Lakers won.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Agreed 100%.

      I don’t like the Lakers, but the Magic GM, 30 year-old boy wonder Hennigan, got owned by Mitch.

      Let me put it this way – one of those two guys will be getting the GM of the Year Award, and it WON’T be the guy who traded away the #1 Center in the NBA for a solid 2-guard and worthless draft picks

  16. lakerwoman - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. jtm12180 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Aww….so nice of stern to not stick his nose where it had no business being for once!

    Should be Kobe Howard and cp3…although I have no prob with Nash

  18. thesixersbench - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Sixers with an incredible coup on this trade. Talk about re-making the franchise on the fly!!

    Already bought my 10 game ticket package for next year. Can’t wait for opening night – Sixers vs Nuggets – to welcome Iggy back!

  19. drummerdave20 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    go sixers!!! Bynum! and Richardson popping 3’s all day long. holiday is a future allstar as well. and Darrell wright is a big man who can shoot. same with Hawes. we have 3 7-footers on our team. good luck East. as for the lakers. I’m so glad I’ve been a laker fan since Kobe started there since lower merion is about 10 minutes from my house. so its a win win for me!!! :)

  20. tamvu - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Stern: “I decided that the lakers will play the heat and win in 6 games this year. So let it be said, so let it be done. Trade approved!”

  21. jedifriedchicken - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Yeah!! Suck on that David Stern!

  22. asublimeday - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    How the hell did the Magic not demand Bynum?!

  23. paulhargis53 - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    I hate on the over the top, know nothing,non objective having, morons tha permeate the laker fanbase.

    I do the same to heat fans, its just nit as fun. There are less idiot Heat fans than Lakers.

    • obijuan13 - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      As I have said before: Because all other fans are humble, supremely intelligent, criticism accepting, MENSA members, Right?

  24. philtration - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Sixers did really on this deal.
    All they had to do was hang around and let the Magic make a dumb move.
    They walk away the winners and Dwight Howard did not even play for them.

  25. omniusprime - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Et Tu David Stern? Geez just when I was hoping that Stern would save the Lakers by killing this deal he goes and approves it. Actually looking at Duhon and Clark it does look like the Lakers got a great deal. Duhon might be the backup point guard Steve Flake never was and Clark will certainly be better than McRoberts. I sure hope we got rid of that trash Murphy also.

    If only the Lakers could get a real coach they would definitely be a lock for a title next year. Come on back Phil Jackson, you’re our only hope!

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