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And now, we come to the big kahuna. Undoubtedly the most talked-about swap of the 2012 offseason, the Dwight Howard trade has affected quite a few teams.
Let's take a look at them:
Los Angeles Lakers
The purple-and-gold clad squad received D12, Earl Clark and Chris Duhon for Andrew Bynum, Josh McRoberts and Christian Eyenga. Draft picks changed hands as well, but we're considering all of those irrelevant at the moment.
At first glance, the move appears to be a strong one for the Lakers, but it hasn't really turned out that way. Down the road, it's hard to imagine Howard failing to ascend back up the ranks of players to his rightful spot near the top of the pile, but he just hasn't been consistently dominant this season.
Then again, Clark has become a starter—over Pau Gasol even—and Bynum has yet to make headlines for anything other than his injured knees and hair styles.
Evaluating this trade for the Lakers was easy at the start of the year: It was a great one. Now, it's quite a bit harder.
The Sixers basically swapped Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic for Jason Richardson and Andrew Bynum.
With Richardson struggling and Vucevic becoming more and more elite by the day, Philly needs for Bynum to do something in order to pass this trade. Even with Jrue Holiday thriving in Iggy's absence, they've given up more than they've received.
Is it possible that the Magic are the biggest winners of this trade?
Once ridiculed for not getting enough for Howard, Orlando is now having the last laugh. Vucevic has been tremendous down low for this squad, Arron Afflalo has shown glimpses of greatness, and Harkless has put his potential on display.
Add in a few other players and the fact that Howard was guaranteed to eventually put on a new jersey, and it looks like Rob Hennigan did pretty well for himself.
The Denver Nuggets gave up Afflalo and Al Harrington to get Andre Iguodala.
Even though Iggy hasn't been quite as good as he was back in Philadelphia, that's still a pretty nice deal for the facilitators of this trade. If he could emerge as a scoring threat once more, he'd make this deal even more lopsided in favor of the Nuggets.