A four-way mega-trade that, once and for all (well, for a while), ends our long, national Dwightmare? Or just more smoke and speculation?
It’s hard to tell but the four-team trade that has been discussed, according to Yahoo! Sports, to move Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers packs both intrigue and the prospect of all four participants – L.A., Denver, Philadelphia and Orlando – gaining something worthwhile. Or salvaging something, anyway.
Here are the broad strokes of a deal that “is not considered imminent, but the talks have grown serious over the course of this week,” wrote Adrian Wojnarowski, citing unnamed sources:
- Howard and Denver forward Al Harrington would go to the Lakers.
- Philadelphia guard Andre Iguodala would become a Nugget.
- Lakers center Andrew Bynum would join the Sixers (who would try to entice him to stay beyond the final season on his contract).
- Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Denver guard Arron Afflalo would head to Orlando. The Magic also would get draft picks in the package and salary-cap relief.
The major either/or component of this version of the latest Howard machination? It still was possible, according to the leaks, that Gasol could go to Philadelphia and Bynum to Orlando, though the Magic might better like their chances of flipping Gasol in a subsequent move.
Instant winner? The Lakers, of course, because they would get the best player in the deal and still have a three-headed star monster of Howard, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.
But it would be hard to term any of the other three clubs a loser. The Sixers are ready to say goodbye to Iguodala. Afflalo-Harrington doesn’t seem too pricey for the Nuggets. And the Magic would get multiple assets in what might be a better combination than they’re likely to see.