Breaking Down The Winners and Losers of the NBA's Dwight Howard Trade

By Jake Brown

The Lakers are the obvious winners in the four-team trade landing Dwight Howard in Los Angeles. The deal comes as a steal for the Lakers who only gave up Andrew Bynum and a protected first round pick. The Lakers also receive backup point guard Chris Duhon and backup forward Earl Clark in the trade that turns the Lake Show into Championship favorites in the NBA. Dwight Howard joins an already stacked Lakers squad who have had a tremendous offseason. The Lakers added Steve Nash in a sign and trade to become their new starting point guard. Nash joins Kobe Bryant forming arguably the best backcourts in the NBA. Los Angeles also added power forward Antwan Jamison to add some frontcourt depth off the bench. The Lakers are now 12 men deep and become favorites in the Western Conference to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Sixers also come out as winners in this trade. While giving up their star, Andre Igoudala, they bring in a young center that has a lot of potential in Andrew Bynum. After losing Elton Brand this offseason, the Sixers were in dire need of a big man and Bynum is one of the best in the NBA. The Sixers also get a solid shooting guard in Jason Richardson. Richardson comes as a big addition for Philadelphia who lost Lou Williams to the Hawks in free agency. Richardson was a guy the Magic were looking to get rid of in any Dwight Howard trade as they wanted to dump his salary off the books. The Sixers, who surprised everyone getting to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, have a bright future ahead. The Eastern Conference has improved vastly this offseason and expect the Sixers to be back in the playoffs again this season.

The Nuggets also come out as major winners in this four-team blockbuster deal. They bring in Andre Igoudala to add to their already deep roster. Igoudala is not the star he once was but he is another scorer to help out DaniloGallinari and Wilson Chandler. Chandler returns this season after only playing eight games last season after playing in China. The Nuggets are one of the deeper teams in the league and getting rid of an aging Al Harrington and a mediocre ArronAffalo was no problem for them. With that impressive backcourt including Ty Lawson and a frontcourt of Javale McGee, Kenneth Faried, and TimofeyMozgov, the Nuggets will continue to climb the standings in the Western Conference. The Nuggets definitely get better in this deal.

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard
August 10, 2012; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard holds his jersey during a press conference held to introduce the three-time defensive player of the year who they aquired in a four-team trade from the Orlando Magic. Photo Courtesy By Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE.

The major loser of the trade has to be the Orlando Magic. General Manager Rob Hennigan did a pitiful job in this trade of bringing in enough talent for Dwight Howard. They received a much better offer from the Brooklyn Nets where they would have gotten Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, and possibly Kris Humphries, and several first round picks. The Magic did one good thing in this trade and that is dump some big contracts. They bring in ArronAffalo who should become their starting shooting guard. They bring in veteran Al Harrington, who also will most likely be inserted in the starting lineup. Getting rookie Moe Harkless was one of bright spots in the deal for them as he is a young guard with a bright future. They did receive three first round picks as well, but they are all lottery protected and also will be coming from three teams that will make the playoffs. The Magic will have tons of trouble filling seats this season. They come out as losers in this deal.

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