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Dwight Howard is a Los Angeles Laker.
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The trade sends a complicated series of players between four teams. According to multiple reports:
The Lakers receive: Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark
The Magic receive: Arron Afflalo, Nicola Vucevic, Al Harrington, Josh McRoberts, Moe Harkless, Chritian Eyenga, a conditional Lakers' first-round pick, a conditional 2015 second-round pick, the lower of the Nuggets' two 2014 picks, a 2013 second-round pick, and a protected pick from the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Nuggets receive: Andre Iguodala
The Sixers receive: Andrew Bynum, Jason Richardson
We graded the trade on Thursday night, with the Lakers coming out the big winners. Despite the move, the Heat remain the odds-on favorites, but the Lakers jump the Thunder for second-favored to win. Kobe Bryant posted his thoughts on the trade to Facebook on Friday morning.
From Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan via their presser:
“A primary goal for our basketball team is to achieve sustainability while maintaining a long-term vision. We feel this deal puts us in a position to begin building in that direction,” said Hennigan. “In addition to the six players joining our team, we will be in a position to maximize our salary cap flexibility in the near future, as well as utilize the multiple draft picks we have acquired going forward.”
“Dwight Howard accomplished tremendous success on and off the court during his eight years in Orlando,” said Hennigan. “We wish him, Chris (Duhon), Earl (Clark) and Jason (Richardson) all the best in the future.”