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Aug 10

Dwight Howard traded to Lakers

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have acquired six players and five future draft picks in a four-team, 12-player trade, general manager Rob Hennigan announced today.

Orlando acquired guard Aaron Afflalo and forward Al Harrington from Denver, forward Maurice Harkless and center Nikola Vucevic from Philadelphia, as well as forward Josh McRoberts and guard/forward Christian Eyenga from the Los Angeles Lakers.

In addition, the Magic have also acquired five additional draft picks over the next five years. Orlando receives: a second round pick from Denver in 2013, a first round pick from either Denver or New York in 2014, a conditional first round pick from Philadelphia and a conditional second round pick from the L.A. Lakers in 2015, and a conditional first round pick from the L.A. Lakers in 2017.

The Magic have traded center Dwight Howard, guard Chris Duhon and forward Earl Clark to the L.A. Lakers, while sending guard Jason Richardson to Philadelphia. As part of the deal, Philadelphia has acquired center Andrew Bynum, while Denver has acquired guard/forward Andre Iguodala.

“A primary goal for our basketball team is to achieve sustainability while maintaining a long-term vision. We feel this deal puts us in a position to begin building in that direction,” said Hennigan. “In addition to the six players joining our team, we will be in a position to maximize our salary cap flexibility in the near future, as well as utilize the multiple draft picks we have acquired going forward.”

“Dwight Howard accomplished tremendous success on and off the court during his eight years in Orlando,” said Hennigan. “We wish him, Chris (Duhon), Earl (Clark) and Jason (Richardson) all the best in the future.”

12 comments
spinespaz
spinespaz

I am a long time Nuggets fan, and I think you guys did alright in this trade at least the parts you received from the Nuggets are decent.  Afflalo is basically Iggy light, he works his ass off and he always has a positive attitude.  In the 2nd half of last season he put up 18ppg/4rebs/3asts on great percentages.  He is very capable of doing this night in and night out.  The draft picks you got will probably be somewhere in the 20-30 range, but you never know.  

If Bynum's knee breaks down, and they wind up with a late lotto to slightly out of the lottery then that pick turns into a nice pick.  The Knicks are a team full of players who have had some injury issues and much of their roster is old. The Knicks roster likely won't change much between now and 2014 when that pick will be due, so there is a good chance that it could turn into a good pick (Denver generally picks somewhere around 20-22 in the draft, so I am thinking that is the range that this pick will fall in.  One of the smart things that your new GM did do was get a future first from each of the teams in the trade because there is a greater chance of one of them being a decent pick compared to all of the picks coming from one team with D12 as that teams anchor.

Your team is already full of young players, Nicholson, Harkless, O'quinn, Vucevic etc.... all have upside and Afflalo is still quite young himself, so the initial pieces to a youth movement are already in place.  I know I didn't mention all of your young players like Harper, Ayon, etc... who are also nice prospects.

The best thing the magic can do is suck for a year or two and use their own pick on the next superstar while using the acquired picks in this trade along with some players to make a few additional moves.  I think you will turn things around quicker than many of the so-called media experts think.

I will be watching several of your games this year because I like the way Afflalo plays and I am a sucker for underdog teams, so here is to a quick recovery/turn around.

CarloSimone
CarloSimone

@spinespaz Thanks, nice Nuggets fan.  I don't think it was all a bust either like most people.

davenewood
davenewood

You know what the worst part is? The Magic had some leverage here. Let's say they take a hardline stance and tell Howard they're not trading him. Even if Howard sits out the entire season, the Magic end up on top. Why? They'd be in a nice position to keep Howard. Why? Well, let me ask you something. Where would Howard have signed? Sacramento? Atlanta? Neither Brooklyn or LA would have cap space at this point. So Howard would have to choose between playing in his hometown with Al Horford, or getting more money and playing with whomever the Magic could get with the high pick they'd have.

Yet, they squandered it. They didn't even shed some salary. They could have (and should have) traded Davis and Harrington for Gasol- I doubt the Lakers turn that done. 

erivera7
erivera7 moderator

@davenewood Dwight would have walked if the Magic held on to him, even if he'd be giving up an extra year and $25 million on the table with his new contract. As for Gasol, trading him would have been pointless. Especially at his salary. 

CarloSimone
CarloSimone

I'm not really upset at the talent we got because I was never expecting to get talent, really.  At least once we got out of the hunt for Bynum.  I'm a little annoyed that the picks aren't that great and the cap relief is pretty much nonexistent because we picked up Afflalo and Harrington.  But in terms of meeting my expectations, this pretty much is what I was expecting.  As Eddy said, the Houston trade was never actually proposed.  Some of the chatter makes it sound better.  It would've been more youth, decent pick and better cap relief.  The only thing with this trade is that we got more picks than if we went with Houston's supposed deal.  They aren't great picks (3 first round, 2 second round) but you never know.  You can trade up or down and if the Magic suck (most likely) they'll have their own high lottery pick in addition to that.  The strategy is sound and it'll all come down to execution.  Can Vaughn develop a roster that will need it?  Can Hennigan find diamonds in the rough on draft night?  Tune in next week for "As the Magic Basketball Turns"!

markaphelps
markaphelps

As a basketball fan and a fan of basketball business, I'm interested to know how this trade is being viewed in Orlando.  Do you think you got enough?  Was this offer better than Houston's?  Seems like a low bid to get a guy like Howard, even if he's considered a rental to a lot of the league.

EricFarrell
EricFarrell like.author.displayName 1 Like

@markaphelps As a fan, I really, really, hate the trade. I'm also bitter about Van Gundy being canned for no reason now. 

erivera7
erivera7 moderator

@EricFarrell As much as I'm a SVG guy, he and the Magic had to move on. It's the dawn of a new era and having him around, as great of a coach he is, would have been pointless. 

erivera7
erivera7 moderator

@funny80sguy I agree. The point is that everyone (SVG, Dwight, the Magic) needed to move on. 

funny80sguy
funny80sguy

@erivera7 I would disagree with the notion that keeping SVG would be pointless.  I would have loved to see SVG developing young talent, and I think he would have been tremendous at it.  With that said, SVG probably put the nail in his coffin with that awkward Q&A session where he threw Dwight under the bus.

markaphelps
markaphelps

@EricFarrell 

Understood!  I figure you guys have something to talk about with Jazz fans now, though...

erivera7
erivera7 moderator

@markaphelps The fans hate the trade. I can't comment on if it was better than Houston's offer because a concrete offer was never publicized despite the rumors.