SHORT AND SWEET: Don’t hate the Lakers! I am not one to take my time to write a long post on every, single event that happens in sports. But some things just need discussing. And I did call this trade happening months ago. (read “Drastic Times… Call For Drastic Measures“)

Sources have confirmed that the Orlando Magic have ended a dramatic summer by trading center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. A 4-team(Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic) deal has helped to end months of drama between Howard and his former team. The Lakers will receive Howard, Chris Duhon, and Earl Clark. The Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala. The 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson. The Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, and one protected future first-round pick from each of the three team; Nuggets (2014), 76ers (2015) and Lakers (2017).

So that’s the deal….so what will be the after-effects? Nothing but positive for the Lakers. At the end of the day, they have acquired both Steve Nash and Dwight Howard for the price of Andrew Bynum and draft picks,which they could care less about. Howard will easily replace Bynum’s production, and the Lakers don’t really build from the draft. Keeping Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace in the process has to be the most genius move in this whole thing. They now have a stronger core than what they had in their last Championship run. And none of us can hate on these moves. I am realizing more and more that some teams just have the brains, Championship mentality, and savvy to pull these kinds of deals off. And other teams DON’T. Don’t hate the Lakers for doing what is necessary to become Champions again. You can hate the Magic for turning down better deals months ago. You can hate the 76ers and Nuggets for making themselves “pawns” for the Lakers, and possibly setting themselves up in the end. (Bynum is a free agent after next season) But don’t hate the Lakers.

The new question is, does this now make the Los Angeles Lakers the favorite to win next season’s NBA Championship?


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