LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Dwight Howard Lakers trade has been completed, claims news. The Dwight Howard Lakers trade will feature Andrew Bynum going to the 76ers. For Dwight Howard to move to L.A., at least four teams and eight players were involved. It’s being heralded as one of the biggest, and most complex, Lakers trades in recent memory.
One player who was not part of the Dwight Howard Lakers trade was Pau Gasol, claims ESPN tonight. Gasol was reportedly discussed; but Pau is not going anywhere. Just days ago, Kobe Bryant told news that, if Gasol is traded, Bryant would leave.
A news conference is believed scheduled for Friday August 10, 2012 to confirm details of the Howard trade. Tonight, EPSN is reporting that the trade involved the following: “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 other three teams.” Also, the Magic will reportedly get Moe Harkless from the 76ers. Bynum has yet to comment about the matter.
The current trade is the latest major move for the Lakers, after 2011 deals left Bryant and fans perplexed. Bryant was displeased with the Lamar Odom trade last year, telling news at the time “I don’t like it.” Bryant added “I’ve known Lamar for a long time, and for the team itself, he’s meant a lot in terms of his versatility, his personality. He’s a big presence for us in the locker room, just from a team chemistry standpoint.” Howard has yet comment about tonight’s news.
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