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DHoward to Lakers Finalized! Four team deal

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Report: Four-team deal sending Howard to Lakers finalized, awaits league approval

"Profootballtalk.com"

Finally, Dwight Howard is being traded.

A complex four-team trade that sends Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets and involves the 76ers and Magic approved in principle and will go to the league for formal approval on Friday, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Sources close to the process told Stein and ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne that a trade call with the league office has been scheduled for Friday to secure the necessary NBA approval to make the deal official.

The deal means the Lakers get Howard; the Magic get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, just drafted Moe Harkless (No. 15 pick in this draft) and a first round pick from each of the three other teams; the Sixers get Andrew Bynum and take on Jason Richardson and his contract; the Nuggets get Andre Iguodala.

That varies from the original report but fits with reports that Pau Gasol is not part of the deal. Expect some changes in the final form, but that seems to be the core of it.

This makes a lot of sense for the Lakers — they would start Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Antwan Jamison (probably), Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and off the bench… does it matter? They would move up with the Heat as title contenders, and we can debate it but I think it moves them just past the Thunder.

However, Howard will not sign an extension with the Lakers. He shouldn’t, if he does he only gets three years at lower raises than if he becomes a free agent and re-signs with the Lakers. That would let him get a five year max deal with larger raises. Still, there is some risk for the Lakers.

Also, there is concern about Howard’s back — he had surgery on it and is rehabbing it in Los Angeles. That said he does not have a history of injury concerns (like Bynum), before last season he had never missed more than three games.

I get this for the Nuggets, who have wanted Iguodala for a while.

I get this for the Sixers, who get an anchor big in Bynum — and they are reportedly willing to gamble they can re-sign him. Philly athletes will tell you that if the fans in the city respect you and your effort it is the best place in the world to play… Bynum lived up to that last season, but before not so much. Bynum also grew up in New Jersey about an hour from Philly. Bynum is very money motivated and the extra cash the Sixers can offer with his Bird rights will play a big role. Also, Richardson’s deal is less painful than Iggy’s.

For the Magic, is this really better than what they were offered before? Afflalo is a quality NBA wing, Vucevic is young and could develop into a solid big, Harrington can be bought out after this season, Harkless is a rookie. There are three picks but all are lower in the draft.

Is that better than what the Nets offered with Brook Lopez and picks? Is it better than the picks and cap relief the Rockets are offering?

Or, is it something you can at least sell to your fan base as good? That may be the case.

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Looks to me like the Magic got a bunch of junk...Better hope they draft well.

Lakers look good on paper but they are older than say the Thunder and the Clippers.

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Looks to me like the Magic got a bunch of junk...Better hope they draft well.

Lakers look good on paper but they are older than say the Thunder and the Clippers.

Think the Magic could still be a competitive team with Harrington, Affalo, Glenn Davis and

Nelson.

Even though the Lakers are older, think they will come out the West if Howard stay Healthy. With Kobe, anything can happen. They are a much better team in the paint with Howard and Gasol compare to the Clipps and Thunder.

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HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

I HAVE NOTHING TO FUGING SAY EXCEPT THAT IT. IS. OVER!!!!

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Should be fun to watch. I may tune in more often, when the big names play of course.

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Im was born in LA. Live there as an infant only.

HATE Lakers' members on this forum, but Nash is going to have FUN this season!

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Haven't really liked the NBA since the Hornets split town.

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lol magic that is just awful. Mediocre players and low picks, did they get a single good piece out of this trade?

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LOOOOOVVVVEEEE the fuging hate we're gonna get for this.

It's gonna hurt so damn bad when we breeze through the finals and the kittens are praying for the #1 pick.

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Lakers starting lineup:

Nash

Bryant

Metta

Pau

Howard

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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Good for you Dwight. Couldn't have happened to a better guy. You earned it buddy!

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Lakers starting lineup:

Nash

Bryant

Metta

Pau

Howard

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

If it was 2004 that lineup would guarantee you the finals. You should definitely be the favorites out west though

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