Grading the Dwight Howard Trade for Every Team Involved

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorAugust 10, 2012

Now that the hammer has finally dropped and Dwight Howard is a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, it's time to assign grades for each of the four teams involved in this blockbuster.

The Lakers have to be pleased that they finally landed their second major offseason prize to go along with Steve Nash. What grade can we give them for only having to give up Andrew Bynum, and not also Pau Gasol, in the process?

The Denver Nuggets receive Andre Iguodala, but how does his more than $14 million per year contract and star status mesh with the young run-and-guns on his new team? Were Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington, with longer, but half-the-size contracts, worth giving up?

The Philadelphia 76ers just landed the league's second-best center (and Jason Richardson) while giving up nothing more than their perennially trade-rumored swingman and some spare parts!

Finally, how do we assess the haul for the Orlando Magic? They rid themselves of the Dwightmare, but they bring back a motley collection of assets that includes Afflalo, Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and a bevy of first-round draft picks.

The biggest remaining question still is: Will Howard and Bynum sign extensions with their new teams, or are these just one-year rentals?

There's a ton to dissect with this monumental trade. How has the NBA landscape changed? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!