The NBA held a conference call on Friday morning, and the trade is now official: Dwight Howard is the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers. The four-team deal between the Lakers, the Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, and Philadelphia 76ers is now complete.
Howard, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, is obviously the big prize in the deal for the Lakers, but the team also took on guards Chris Duhon and Earl Clark as well.
The Lakers traded Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia, close to his New Jersey hometown, and shipped Josh McRoberts and Christian Eyenga to Orlando, and sent a conditional 2017 first round pick and conditional 2015 second round pick to the Magic.
"We’d like to thank Andrew for all he’s done for the team and the organization," said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak in a statement. "Andrew has been with us since we drafted him at seventeen years old and over the last seven years we have watched him develop into an All-Star player who has helped the team win two NBA Championships. He’s a special talent with a bright future. We appreciate all of his contributions and wish him well for the remainder of his career."
The 76ers added Jason Richardson as well, while the Nuggets received Andre iguodala.
The Magic received Al Harrington, Eyenga, McRoberts, Moe Harkless, former UCLA Bruins guard Arron Afflalo, former USC Trojans center Nikola Vucevic, plus a 2013 first round pick and 2014 second round pick from Denver, from the Lakers, plus a conditional first round pick from Philadelphia.
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