Update: So, Friday (August 10), the deal sending Dwight Howard to the Lakers was completed. Here’s what it included: Andrew Bynum was sent by the Lakers to the Philadelphia 76ers; Andre Iguodala was shipped to the Denver Nuggets by the 76ers; Orlando got guard Arron Afflalo and forward Al Harrington from Denver, forward Moe Harkless and center Nikola Vucevic from Philadelphia, and forward Josh McRoberts and guard Christian Eyenga from the Lakers; and the Lakers got Howard, guard Chris Duhon and forward Earl Clark from Orlando.
Additionally, the Magic traded guard Jason Richardson to Philadelphia, while they get five draft picks over five years.
After weeks of uncertainy, it’s official. Dwight Howard has been traded … to the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to ESPN.com, a four-team trade was completed Thursday night (August 9) to send the superstar center out west, involving the Denver Nuggets, 76ers, Magic and Lakers.
The deal sends Howard to the the Lakers, guard Andre Iguodala is going to the Denver Nuggets, 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 three teams.
A source told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that Howard still plans to become a free agent after next season, so he will have time to decide whether or not he will stay with the Lakers long-term.
Lakers forward Pau Gasol was said to have been part of the trade talks, but was ultimately excluded from the deal. Also, it’s said the Sixers have gotten no assurances that Bynum will sign a long-term extension with the team either, but were open to taking the risk.
Bynum, who grew up about an hour away from Philadelphia in Plainsboro, N.J., could sign a three-year, $60 million extension this season or wait to become a free agent after the season and be eligible for a five-year, $102 million deal.