Upon hearing what the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, and two other NBA teams were up to in regards to trading Dwight Howard, I will admit it was both exciting and exhausting. The exhausting part being that we once again had to hear about Dwight Howard "potentially" heading to Los Angeles and the team parting ways with both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. The exciting part, of course, would be the fact that Howard could actually be a member of the Lakers by the day's end.
The logical side of me thought that Howard would not be a member of the Lakers on that day (August 9) or on any other. There had been too many attempts, rumors, recoils, and deals in place to actually believe what was now appearing in the media. However, on the other side, I was an excited fan who was hoping that the Lakers could acquire Howard without giving up too much -- something they certainly succeeded in.
I first heard that both Gasol and Bynum would be included in the four-team swap as reported by Yahoo! NBA Expert Adrian Wojnarowski earlier on August 9. However, once the deal actually got done, there was no mention of Gasol's name, which made me ecstatic. Not because I'm a huge fan of Gasol, but simply because he will be an offensive weapon in the pick and roll alongside Steve Nash. So to keep him means having one of the best starting lineups in the entire league.
Talk about a formidable starting lineup that can compete for an NBA title. Not to mention the Lakers acquired Antawn Jamison and re-signed Jordan Hill to come off the bench and produce.
Now that Howard is officially a member of the Lakers, all of the rumors and talk about when and where he will go can subside and all of the speculation as to the impact he will have on the team can begin.
I think Howard brings a presence that will truly force fans not to miss Andrew Bynum. I wish Bynum all the best in his career, but I don't think he was a fit in Los Angeles and he still has some growing up to do. Despite Howard's young age -- he is only 26 years old -- he has already far surpassed Bynum both skill-wise and attitude-wise. While some could point to Howard's trade demands as childlike, I don't see him giving up on the Lakers as Bynum had a tendency to do even throughout his career year in 2011-2012.
Howard will fit nicely with the new-look Lakers who now have a true point guard for the first time since Magic Johnson patrolled the court for Los Angeles. The additions of both Howard and Nash improve the Lakers offensively and defensively as they look to bring a championship to Los Angeles for the third time in five seasons.
Food for thought: Are the Lakers the instant favorite to win the NBA championship in 2012-2013, or are the Miami Heat still the team to beat? What about in the Western Conference; the Oklahoma City Thunder?
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Yahoo! Sports. Lakers, Magic in blockbuster four-team trade talks to send Dwight Howard to L.A.NBA 2012.
Yahoo! Sports. Lakers acquire Dwight Howard in four-team trade. NBA 2012.
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