Los Angeles lands Superman

Last night while watching the Olympics, I read a silly rumor on twitter about the Lakers getting close to a deal for Dwight Howard. My first reactions were that, no more rumors please! I am tired of this never ending soap opera. What was even worse that I heard they would be giving up Andrew Bynum AND Pau Gasol. So as I scoured the internet and twitter-sphere, yes I made that up on the spot, I looked for details on this trade.

Then I finally heard the final details.

“A source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the three teams. 

The Lakers also will acquire Earl Clark and Chris Duhon, a source told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard. Draft picks the Magic will receive are the Nuggets’ (2014), 76ers’ (2015) and Lakers’ (2017).

In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers first-round draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein.”  -(via ESPN.com)

Trade details here. 

Christmas has come early for Laker fans. Especially since the Lakers didn’t have to give up Pau Gasol or even absorb an expiring contract or overrated player. Looking back at the overall picture, the Lakers were able to improve in a position they were already strong in, and by not having to give up Pau Gasol, boast one of the strongest starting 5’s in the NBA.

There are going to be a lot of “haters” after this deal goes final, but many should remember one philosophy about the Lakers, they don’t rebuild they reload. With all the concerns about Andrew Bynum and his future, did you really think the Lakers would stand pat after 2 disappointing exits in the 2nd round. Mitch Kupchak has now put his name in the hat for executive of the decade with this deal.

So moving forward, the Lakers have now moved themselves into the conversation for contenders for the 2013 NBA title. Even crazier is they got better without giving up anything at all. They added Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Antwan Jamison, Earl Clark, and Chris Duhon without giving up much at all. They gave up Bynum and Josh McRoberts (who?) in the Howard deal, and a bunch of future first round picks (which will not be lottery picks knowing LA) and the trade exception from the Lamar Odom deal.

If I didn’t like the Lakers there would be no way I would be writing this article. I would have probably thrown the laptop, my phone or some electronic device that I had used to read this and been swearing off sports. Instead, I actually am looking forward to seeing Dwight Howard in purple and gold, and it should be an exciting season. With all the memes and instagram photos coming out in the next week, my excitement can only grow from here on out.

I can get used to seeing this group of guys in purple and gold next year!



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