So the long national Dwight-mare is finally over. The Orlando Magic agree to a complicated four team, 11 player and 5 draft pick deal that will send Dwight Howard to the Lakers. Follow the players: the Lakers get Howard, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark from the Magic. The Philadelphia 76ers get Andrew Bynum from the Lakers and Jason Richardson from the Magic, and will send Olympian Andre Igoudala to the Denver Nuggets. From all of this, the Magic will get Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington from Denver, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic from the 76ers and Josh McRoberts and Christian Eyenga from the Lakers.
Orlando also gets at least five draft picks: a 2013 second-round pick from Denver, a 2014 first-round pick from either Denver or New York (via Denver), a conditional first-round pick from Philadelphia and a conditional second-round pick from the Lakers for the 2015 draft and a conditional first-round pick from the Lakers in 2017. Orlando also gets a $17.8 million trade exception to use over the next year.
I will leave the trade grades to the experts (spoiler: the Lakers did well) but I wanted to discuss how Dwight will fit in with this Laker team. Dwight has never seemed to me to be someone who was overly obsessed with winning an NBA championship. Part of this might be because of his happy-go-lucky personality; he’s the guy who would pose with Chewbacca while wearing Mickey Mouse ears while grinning like a seven year old. But I’ve got to wonder: how important is winning an NBA title to Dwight? Contrast this to Kobe, who since Day 1 has been obsessed with becoming the greatest basketball player of all time. If that meant winning multiple championships then so be it; he’d go and win multiple championships. It will be interesting to see how Dwight reacts to being around Kobe obsessiveness and competitiveness for a season.