The Boston Celtics must be relieved to see former Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard traded out of the NBA's Eastern Conference. But just because the league’s best center has finally ended his year-long saga by joining the Los Angeles Lakers, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Boston’s path to their 18th NBA title got any easier.
The Celtics made a number of roster changes that were overshadowed by Howard’s trade to the Lakers. But that four-team blockbuster was simply the final move in a summer that was full of surprises on the NBA free agency and trade front.
Now that Superman has relocated to Hollywood, there’s no shortage of NBA pundits discussing why the Dwight Howard trade will determine how the west will be won.
Nike executives will undoubtedly be scrambling to knock the cobwebs off of those Kobe Bryant and LeBron James puppets, in anticipation of a long-overdue NBA Finals matchup between the Lakers and the defending champion Miami Heat.
But the Celtics and their fans should also have the Howard trade on their minds, because the deal has several long-term implications for Boston.