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Lakers Lookback: August 10, 2012 – Lakers Acquire Dwight Howard Reviewed by Momizat on . One year ago today, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Dwight Howard, Earl Clark, and Chris Duhon from the Orlando Magic in a blockbuster four-team trade. In this One year ago today, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Dwight Howard, Earl Clark, and Chris Duhon from the Orlando Magic in a blockbuster four-team trade. In this Rating:
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Lakers Lookback: August 10, 2012 – Lakers Acquire Dwight Howard

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dwight-howard-press-conferenceOne year ago today, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Dwight Howard, Earl Clark, and Chris Duhon from the Orlando Magic in a blockbuster four-team trade.

In this deal, the Lakers sent Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers, who also received Jason Richardson from the Magic. The 76ers sent Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets while the Magic received Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga, and multiple draft picks.

After the trade, the Orlando Magic were highly criticized for not demanding another superstar in return and opted for young prospects instead. For the other three teams involved,  it was a risk they were willing to take as Howard, Bynum, and Iguodala were all unrestricted free agents the following summer.

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Fast forward to the summer of 2013, and Dwight Howard left Los Angeles because he couldn’t handle the pressure. Andre Iguodala surprisingly left the Denver Nuggets for the Golden State Warriors. And of course, Andrew Bynum didn’t play the entire season for the Sixers before recently signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

All three teams looked better on paper at the time, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out for any team except the Magic on the anniversary of this blockbuster trade. Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, and Jason Richardson are the only players who have remained with their respective teams.

Fortunately for the Lakers, the summer of 2014 presents another opportunity for the franchise to sign their next superstar. It might be another year, but I don’t think Lakers fans will mind LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony possibly in the purple and gold instead of Howard.

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  • Jim213

    LN got to stop talking about the past, especially when his clutch moments involved…

  • 3339

    If Bynum’s knees weren’t shot, then the Lakers never make this trade.

    • Daryl Peek

      Possibly. That wouldn’t have changed the wanting his own shine theme. Bynum had the same amount of beef with Kobe, Howard did. Many thought Drew was lashing out at Brown when in fact it was Kobe. Kobe said he understood it. He felt the same with Shaq.

      • Eddie Lazaro

        I was never a fan of Dwight in Orlando, and much less when he was a Lakers. He is a liability, period. The reason why Drew was sent out is not just his knees, but being complacent and his antics: carrying bunnies @ playboy mansion while recovering from knee surgery, ill-advised fouls and unnecessary technical’s, shoving Barrera in 2011, it keeps on coming like wildfires. Though when healthy, he showed a lot of promise to be the future, but coming as a spoiled brat took him out of the equations. He never earned Kobe’s respects and trust because of that. On Howard, he wants the whole thing given to him in a silver platter. like an offering to the king. Well, maybe in Orlando, not in La, and definitely not from KOBE.

        Drew, being healthy and with the mind set will be the best center in the league. He’s got the moves, scoring, rebound, block shots and a much longer and bigger frame than Howard to cover the paint. But given his childish history like Howard, it’s still remains to be seen. .

        • 3339

          I think Kobe did trust him. Kobe always remarked on how he was just like Bynum at Bynums age.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            yes he does but not to extent of leaving him with the franchise and that’s what I mean by not trusting him.

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