Friday, August 10, 2012

The Dwight Howard Trade

Get ready for the fastest 5-minute trade recap ever....

  • LA Receives: Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark
  • Philly Receives: Andrew Bynum, Jason Richardson
  • Denver Receives: Andre Iguodala
  • Orlando Receives: Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, 3 1st-round picks
Okay... Quick analysis!
  • LA Lakers - they get the best big man on earth. That's really the end of the analysis, but since I have to mention Bynum, they basically flip guys with identical contract situations and receive the better player and the better fit. Grade - A
  • Philly - Essentially, this is Iguodala, Vucevic, and Harkless for Bynum and J-Rich... I like it for Philly. Iguodala has been expendable for some time now, I'm not high on Harkless, and Vucevic is likely a backup in the league. Bynum is the 2nd-best center in the league and J-Rich (while overpaid) is still a contributor. Grade - B+ (only because I don't know where J-Rich plays)
  • Denver - Iguodala is better than anyone they jettisoned. That's a good sign, but with the newly signed Afflalo being a favorite of mine, it's a tough one. Is Iggy playing shooting guard? He's the only guy on that roster right now that "can" play that spot, but that's not ideal. On the bright side for Denver, Afflalo probably got overpaid, and Iggy's deal is much shorter. I like it, but not without reservation. Grade - B
  • Orlando - Trade a top-5 player and the best big on earth AND not be able to get rid of the Hedo Turkoglu contract atrocity??!?! They must have got a good package, right?! Nope! Afflalo is a really good player, but not a cornerstone, and the rest of the deal is uninspiring. Harkless is a decent find, but if the picks are lottery-protected (as reported), this is not nearly enough to part with Howard, no matter how ridiculous he has been publicly. Grade - D-

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