March 14, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) controls the ball against the defense of Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (right) during the first half at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Dwight Howard in a four-team deal involving the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets.
“The Lakers will send All-Star center Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers, who also will receive shooting guard Jason Richardson from the Orlando Magic. The Sixers will send guard Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. The Magic will receive Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, rookie swingman Moe Harkless and three first-round draft picks.”
Pau Gasol was originally included in the deal but he was notified that he was no longer in the deal. The deal was finally facilitated, and the ensuing Howard melodrama concluded, when the Denver Nuggets joined the talks and took on Andre Iguodala’s two-year deal worth $30.6 million.
The Lakers have solidified their standing among the league elite and fill out an increasingly interesting Western Conference — with the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs also as championship contenders.
More analysis on the deal coming tomorrow.