It’s Official: Dwight Howard Is a Laker

The drama is finally over until next season. Dwight Howard has been shipped off to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four team deal that involved the Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Philadelphia 76ers. The trade also involved Andre Iguodala who’s currently in London and will be playing for gold this Sunday as a part of Team USA. Rumors of this trade also involved Pau Gasol, but the Lakers were able to keep him. I think this blockbuster trade works in all of the teams’ favor because it keeps them all competitive for the upcoming  2012-2013 season. Though Howard is not guaranteeing that he’ll  sign an extension with Lakers, this is still shaping up to be an exciting year once again for basketball fans. Who do you think won this deal?

What Howard would like in a Lakers uniform

Lakers get: Dwight Howard(ORL), Chris Duhon(ORL), and Earl Clark(ORL)

Magics get: Arron Afflalo(DEN), Al Harrington(DEN), Moe Harkless(PHI), Nikola Vucevic(PHI) Josh McRoberts(LAL), Christian Eyenga(LAL), and Draft Picks

Sixers get: Andrew Bynum(LAL), Jason Richardson(ORL)

Nuggets get: Andre Iguodala(PHI)

 

Blake Griffin Out, Anthony Davis In

Team USA receives yet another blow due to injury. After losing Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lamar Odom and Chris Bosh due to various reasons, we have lost one more player. Blake Griffin will undergo surgery for a torn knee meniscus that he suffered in practice. Team USA certainly has the depth but the size is absent. Losing Blake also will bring down the significant amount of alley oops and other momentum changing plays on both ends of the floor. Anthony Davis is Blake’s replacement for now and is likely to be on the team once the official Olympic games begin. I was looking forward to see how Blake would elevate his game against the likes of Spain, Argentina, and Brazil. Blake wasn’t able to play back in the World Championships due to injury, and now you can add the 2012 Olympics to the list.