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After the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard whilst essentially loosing only Andrew Bynum and draft picks, do you think they are the new favourites to win the 2012-13 NBA Championship?

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Dwight Howard Officially Traded to the Lakers

A four-team deal involving the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers has been completed.

  • Denver Nuggets receive G/F Andre Iguodala (from Philadelphia)
  • Los Angeles Lakers receive C Dwight Howard (from Orlando), G Chris Duhon (from Orlando) and F Earl Clark (from Orlando)
  • Orlando Magic receive G Arron Afflalo (from Denver), F Al Harrington (from Denver), C/F Nikola Vucevic (from Philadelphia), F Josh McRoberts (from Los Angeles), G Christian Eyenga (from Los Angeles) and five draft pick over 5 years.
  • Philadelphia 76ers receive C Andrew Bynum (from Los Angeles), G/F Jason Richardson (from Orlando)

Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers

A four team deal involving the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers.

  • Denver Nuggets receive Andre Iguodala (from Philadelphia)
  • Los Angeles Lakers receive C Dwight Howard (from Orlando)
  • Orlando Magic receive G Arron Afflalo (from Denver), F Al Harrington (from Denver), C/F Nikola Vucevic (from Philadelphia), F Maurice Harkless (from Philadelphia) and three first-round draft picks (one from Denver, one from Los Angeles and one from Philadelphia)
  • Philadelphia 76ers receive C Andrew Bynum (from Los Angeles), G/F Jason Richardson (from Orlando)

This deal is STILL A RUMOUR as it is yet to be finalized, but this is the furthest any conversations concerning Dwight Howard have gone.  Below are links to other posts in this situation:

July 21 Rumours

  • The Phoenix Suns will re-sign G Shannon Brown for $7 million over 2 years – averaged 11 points, 1.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game this season (all above career averages)
  • The Los Angeles Lakers will re-sign F/C Jordan Hill – averaged 4.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 18 minutes a game over 12 games in the Lakers’ playoffs run
  • The Denver Nuggets signed free agent F Anthony Randolph – career averages of 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game over 4 seasons

 

DWIGHT HOWARD NEWS:

Dwight Howard’s agent – Dan Fegan – has made it clear that, after next season, Dwight will test free agency no matter which team he plays for this season.

July 18 NBA Rumours

  • Forward Antawn Jamison will sign a 1 year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • The Chicago Bulls are interested in C Darko Milicic (former number 2 overall draft pick in 2003)
  • All-Star C Dwight Howard is OK to sign a contract extension if traded to the Los Angeles Lakers

July 17 Rumours

League rumours update:

  • The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a 2-year deal with F Kris Humphries for $24 million
  • G/F Mike Miller won’t retire, will re-sign with the Miami Heat
  • The Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic have begun discussions about possible deals for Dwight Howard. No details have been released other than the Lakers want a commitment from Dwight to sign a contract extension.

July 12 Rumours

Rumoured Offers / Signings:

  • Grant Hill (UFA) is interested in signing with either the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder or Los Angeles Lakers.
  • The Houston Rockets are still attempting to get Dwight Howard – offering to amnesty Luis Scola and trade several first-round draft picks to the Orlando Magic. The Rockets will also take on the contracts of Jason Richardson, Glen Davis and Chris Duhon.
  • The Dallas Mavericks are interested in bidding on Luis Scola.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to sign either  Antawn Jamison, Elton Brand or Jermaine O’Neal under the veteran’s minimum.
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