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Rejoice Orlando fans, the "Dwightmare" is finally over and the Magic can finally begin to rebuild their franchise from the ground up.
However, I must admit that the return that general manager Rob Hennigan got in return for D-12 was a lot worse than I expected at first.
Sure, Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington are solid role players and Nikola Vucevic and Mo Harkless have the potential to be rotation guys, but there was no star power acquired in this deal.
The Magic were the biggest loser among the four teams involved, as they were not able to even get Pau Gasol from the Lakers.
Those first-round picks that they also got in the deal will likely render to be useless, especially since the Nuggets, 76ers and Lakers will all be playoff contenders for the conceivable future.
At the end of the day, Orlando might have given Howard up for a little less than they should have. Even so, they will be in the hunt for a top-three lottery pick, which can never hurt the rebuilding process.
Best-Case Record: 22-60