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So after all of that, after all of the rumors and speculation and drama, you mean to tell me that the best player the Magic are getting back in the Dwight deal is Arron Afflalo? Seriously?
Afflalo is a fine player, probably one of the game's best perimeter defenders, but he is a complementary piece. He absolutely cannot be the key piece in a deal for a player of Howard's stature.
The rest of Orlando's haul? Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga, Moe Harkless, three first-round draft picks (all of which are protected) and two second-round draft picks. Harkless may very well end up being the best thing the Magic got in return, as the rookie's ceiling is very high, but shouldn't you have gotten some proven talent for the game's most dominant center?
What I really don't understand is that Orlando turned down an offer from the Nets that would have brought in Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and four unprotected first-round picks. Apparently, animosity between the two sides killed any chance of a deal.
Nice job, Magic.