As long as this deal doesn’t get vetoed, it appears as if Dwight Howard will become a Los Angeles Laker. This has to go through league approval Friday morning. I’m just glad all of this is over (hopefully). The way Dwight Howard has handled his pending free agency would make LeBron James blush.
If the details of this trade are accurate, the Lakers lucked out by not having to get rid of both Bynum and Gasol. One is fine, but I wouldn’t move both for Dwight. Either way, I still think the Thunder are the best team in the West. And didn’t Dwight just get booed at Dodger Stadium a few days ago? How will he be received by the faithful of the purple and gold?
According to ESPN…
A source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams.
In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein.
Sources close to the process told Stein and ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne that a trade call with the league office has been scheduled for Friday to secure the necessary NBA approval to make the deal official.