NBA Trade Rumors: Winners and Losers from Potential Dwight Howard-LA Deal
If the current four-team trade being discussed to send superstar center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers were to actually unfold, there would surely be some who would win, and others who would lose.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Orlando Magic, LA Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets are all talking over a potential deal that would send Superman to Hollywood, along with a few other notable exchanges.
Here are the details per Wojnarowski's report:
There are other players involved in these fluid talks, but a framework of the possible deal includes Howard and Denver forward Al Harrington going to the Lakers, Philadelphia guard Andre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum moving to the 76ers, and Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol and Denver guard Arron Afflalo going to the Magic, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Here we break down the biggest winners and losers from this potential mega deal.
The disgruntled star would finally get his wish to be traded out of Orlando. He would be playing for a championship contender in LA, and would be balling alongside one of the greatest point guards in the history of the game in Steve Nash.
There is absolutely nothing negative on Howard's end about joining the Lakers in 2012. He would still have the option to become a free agent at season's end, or to re-sign with the Lake Show. I don't see what's not to love for Howard in this scenario.
Similarly to Howard, Bynum gets away from a situation that has caused him tons of frustration. He could start over with the Philadelphia 76ers, who just happen to be an up and coming young team with all sorts of potential.
Philly is in need of a center as well. Bynum would become the go-to player on the inside and could continue his career and ascent to NBA stardom in one of best sports cities on the East Coast.
This one is incredibly obvious. Pau Gasol would be going from a championship team to a franchise that has been cursed when it comes to capturing the coveted Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Before the Spanish big man even gets a chance to run the pick and roll with Steve Nash he would cast away to Orlando, where Jameer Nelson would likely be the biggest star for Gasol to team with.
After getting used to the winning culture in LA for nearly half a decade, Gasol would be forced to play on an NBA bottom-feeder in 2012, that hardly sounds fair.
Who are the Lakers better off with?
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Although the Lakers are the ones who want to make this deal happen, and would be acquiring a game-changing superstar in Howard, they have to be considered losers based on the fact that they would be shipping away not one, but two seven-footers in exchange for one who is recovering from back surgery.
They lose their 2011-12 All-Star center and future in the post in Andrew Bynum, and lose one of their most productive veterans in Gasol. Howard better play like an MVP at that cost.
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