The Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets have reportedly agreed on a four-team trade that will radically alter next year’s championship race.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, as part of this transaction, L.A. will finally acquire the league’s best center for the low, low price of Andrew Bynum. Contrary to what earlier reports may have mentioned, Pau Gasol will apparently not be a part of the deal.
Philadelphia will end up with Bynum, and Denver will get Andre Iguodala.
The same report notes that this trade has been agreed to by all of the teams involved, and that the only thing keeping it from being official is NBA approval. Barring something totally unforeseen happening (David Stern cannot veto this trade, he doesn’t own any of the franchises involved the way he did New Orleans last year) it should go through without a hitch.
Here are the specifics of the deal, via ESPN:
A source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com's Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum 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 other three teams.
In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein.
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It’s obvious what the Lakers, Nuggets and Sixers are getting out of this deal. What’s a bit unclear, however, is what the Magic are coming away with. This trade doesn’t appear to net them much more than what the Brooklyn Nets or the Houston Rockets were offering. In fact, both of those teams offered more.
This situation is very fluid, and things may change between now and tomorrow. Heck, the whole deal can fall apart between now and then.
If you like this – don’t get your hopes up until it is official. If you hate it, don’t get depressed until you hear that the league has approved it.
Stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated as more information comes in.
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