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Los Angeles Lakers receive: Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, and Hedo Turkoglu
Orlando Magic receive: Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, Shannon Brown, and Luke Walton
Why the trade works for the Lakers: They get Dwight Howard??? Correct! The Lakers "rebuild" on the fly, taking the league's best center from Orlando for the second generation in a row. This time, at least, they have to give up some pieces.
We all know that Bynum is Lakers' owner Jerry Buss' boy, but if this trade is truly on the table, he has to pull the trigger. It takes the scoring load off of Kobe Bryant, while simultaneously improving the team's defense and rebounding.
Eating Hedo Turkoglu's contract is the penance for simultaneously solving their point guard troubles by bringing in Jameer Nelson. Turkoglu could actually be an effective player for the team off of the bench, as three-point shooting was another weakness for the Lakers in 2010-11.
Why the trade works for the Magic: It seems to be all but a sure thing that Howard is going to leave via free agency. That being said, there really is not a better trade scenario that is going to present itself.
Bynum is a proven commodity that still has plenty of room to grow. All he has to do is play 70 games per season, and he is the second-best center in the league.
Odom is another multi-talented, proven player. Ironically, this is the second time he is a key piece of a trade for a future Hall-of Fame center (the Shaq to Miami Heat trade).
Shannon Brown is a player with plenty of hops and upside, champing at at the bit to get off of the bench from behind Kobe Bryant. Luke Walton has proven he can produce as a role player.
By bringing in proven, borderline All-Star talent, the Magic can reload quickly, and are one signing of a primary scoring wing option from contending in the East. By getting rid of Turkoglu's contract, they now have the capability of signing that star.
With a starting lineup of Chris Duhon/Gilbert Arenas (pending which Arenas shows up next season), J.J. Redick, Odom, Brandon Bass, and Bynum, with Brown, Walton, and Ryan Anderson off the bench, the team is likely making the playoffs, much like Denver did after the Carmelo Anthony trade last year.