When it comes to trading away an NBA superstar, things get complicated. Even when you want to trade superstar for superstar, there are a lot of concerns around the salary cap, NBA trade rules, and public relations that need to be solved. Hence, as contracts get bigger and players get refusal rights, trades become more complex. The Los Angeles Lakers have finally managed to trade for the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard, but it took a four-team, eight-player trade involving the Philadelphia 76′ers and the Denver Nuggets to pull off the LA-Orlando center swap.
Here’s how the trade breaks down: Philadelphia gets LA’s Andrew Bynum and Orlando’s Jason Richardson; Denver gets Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala; Orlando gets Denver’s Aaron Afflalo and Al Harrington and Philly’s Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless, as well as three first round picks–one from each of the other teams. Los Angeles gets Dwight Howard, dunk contest champion and All-Star center, for their troubles.
Howard joins a loaded Lakers team. In addition to Pau Gasol and home-grown star Kobe Bryant, the Lakers have recently added former MVP Steve Nash via trade with the Phoenix Suns. As I said when writing about that trade, looks like Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant will be running and gunning with Dwight Howard.
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