The Dwightmare is Over!
After months of trade rumors, speculation, smokescreens, and all the news coverage in the world, the Dwight Howard saga has finally ended. Here is the breakdown of the 4-team Blockbuster.
PHI gets: Andrew Bynum, Jason Richardson.
DEN gets: Andre Igoudala
ORL gets: Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Moe Harkless, Nikola Vucevic , Josh McRoberts and Christian Eyenga.*
LAL gets: Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark from Orlando.
*Orlando also gets five draft picks over five years. From: http://www.examiner.com/article/nba-draft-picks-exchanged-four-team-dwight-howard-blockbuster-trade
Orlando Magic – Traded Draft Pick Breakdown
First-round picks: Nuggets or Knicks (2014); 76ers (2015); Lakers (2017)
Second-round picks: Nuggets (2013); Lakers (2015)
Regarding the 2014 first-round pick from either Denver or New York, Orlando will receive the least favorable of the two selections.
The first-round pick from Philadelphia is top-14 protected in the 2015 draft, top-14 protected in the 2016 draft, top-11 protected in the 2017 and top-8 protected in the 2018 draft. If the Sixers have not conveyed a first-round pick to the Magic by 2018, Orlando will receive second-round picks in 2018 and 2019 from Philadelphia.
The Lakers’ second-round draft pick in 2015 is also protected within the top-40. If the pick is not transferred in 2012, the team’s obligations to the Magic will be complete. Also protected is Los Angeles’ 2017 first-rounder, which has top-five security. If that pick is not conveyed to Orlando, the Magic will receive second-round picks from the Lakers in 2017 and 2018.
Here is my view on how each team did in the deal.
Philadelphia 76’ers – The 76’ers did a great job of sneaking into the deal and snatching Bynum from other teams like the Houston Rockets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. The 76’ers were able to finally traded Andre Igoudala, who has been mentioned in rumors for several years, and flip him along with Harkless, Vuceciv, and a protected 1st for Bynum and Richardson. This trade is a big win for the 76’ers, as long as Bynum ends up resigning at the end of the season. Bynum is arguably the best offensive center in the league, and will be the number 1 option in the post for the 76’ers. Richardson is a serviceable two guard, who will help the team on the offensive end as well. The 76’ers tried to not give up Moe Harkless in the deal, but they came out on the winning side of this trade, getting the 24 year old, Philadelphia native, Andrew Bynum.
Trade Grade: A
Denver Nuggets – The Denver Nuggets did a great job of acquiring a great SG/SF in this deal. In acquiring Igoudala, they got a good scorer, great defender, and someone who will give it his all, for two of their biggest contracts on the team. The Nuggets gave up a solid Aaron Afflalo, and an older Al Harrington. Igoudala will come to Denver and play Shooting Guard since Gallinari and Chandler will be playing Small Forward. This acquisition also saves Denver a good amount of money, for future contracts to be negotiated.
Trade Grade: A
Orlando Magic – Where do I start with Rob Henigan and his shenanigans. Many reports came out of what the Magic wanted in return for their All-Star Center. They wanted many picks, young players, and cap relief. To say they got all of that, would be a correct statement, but they still did not get enough. They received a solid SG in the 27 year old, Aaron Afflalo. They received two youngsters in Harkless, and Vucevic, as well as some other fillers. They also received 1st rounders in which NONE will likely ever end up in the top 10 of the draft. The Lakers pick will likely be in the 20 range, the Denver pick which is the lowest of their pick and the NYK pick in 2014 that the Nuggets own, will also likely be in the late teens or early 20’s, and the 76’ers pick is lottery protected in the first 2 years, which means it will likely be a late teens pick. The Magic were known to be waiting for the best deal available. Was this the best deal out there? Who knows. Reports were that the Rockets were willing to trade 1 or 2 of their recent draftees, several first rounders including the virtually automatic TOR lottery pick, as well as Kevin Martin ($12 Million Expiring Contract), PLUS taking on contracts of the Magic. Was the Houston offer better? No doubt. Was it out there? That remains to be seen. The Magic likely could have gotten a little more in a different deal, but they took a deal they liked, and went with it. The Magic saved some money shedding Duhon, and Clark, though this team still has several bad contracts on the team, and they ALSO picked up Harrington in the deal, who has a tough contract as well. The Magic did not get good value in this deal, and will be looking to rebuild and tank this year to get better in the future.
Trade Grade: C-
Los Angeles Lakers – The Lakers got the All-Star they have been waiting for a several months. The Lakers were able to win the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, and they did so without trading away, Pau Gasol. The Lakers dealt Andrew Bynum, and fillers, as well as a 1st rounder, for Dwight. With Dwight, the Lakers will be a better defensive team, and now are contenders to win the West, and represent the West in the NBA Finals. How much better is Dwight than Bynum, can be argued in many ways, but Dwight’s defensive presence will be noticed. The Lakers won big in this deal, and if they can convince Dwight to resign, then we will be seeing the Lakers in the playoffs for many more years.
Trade Grade: A+
What are your thoughts on the trade that ended the Dwightmare?