New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (L) steals the ball from Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (R) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Orlando, Florida April 5, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Kevin Kolczynski)
Dwight Howard will be joining Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and the rest of the Lakers to make up a beast of a team in the west for the upcoming season.
Late Thursday night, ESPN broke the story citing unidentified sources that a four-player trade had been completed with all the details finalized.
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Several media agencies in various states had unidentified sources confirm the upcoming transactions and NBA.Com was seen announcing the news as well.
Under what NBA.Com is calling the 'Dwight Howard' trade, Howard would go to the Lakers, Lakers' Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson would go to the 76ers, Andre Iguodala would land in Denver, and the Nuggets would send Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington to Orlando. The Magic would also get Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless from Philadelphia and first-round picks from the three teams involved.
ESPN was told by a source that upon hearing the news, Kobe Bryant was 'ecstatic' in London.
Initially, Howard requested a trade to the Nets but the Magic were not able to come to terms with the now Brooklyn based team.
Howard should now be a powerful asset with a powerful backup in Gasol. No. 12 averaged 20.6 points, 14.5 rebounds last season.