The moment we were all expecting has finally come, Dwight Howard will become a Los Angeles Laker. The new line-up will include Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Paul Gasol, Ron Artest and now Dwight Howard. After a long contract negotiation and Howard refusing to make up his mind about where he wanted to be, a source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Dwight Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum (he is from Philli) and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the three teams.
In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein.
Sources close to the process told Stein and ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne that a trade call with the league office has been scheduled for Friday to secure the necessary NBA approval to make the deal official.
Lakers forward Pau Gasol had been in and out of talks, sources told Shelburne, before ultimately being excluded. One source close to Kobe Bryant, meanwhile, told Stein the Lakers’ star was ecstatic Thursday night upon hearing that Los Angeles was able to complete such a significant transaction without surrendering Gasol. Bryant is with Team USA at the London Olympics.
No suprise here….welcome to L.A. Dwight. We knew you always wanted to be a Laker.