Just where NBA star Dwight Howard will end up has been a big mystery over these past few months, but now it looks like Howard has been picked up by the Los Angeles Lakers in a complex 4-team deal.
The news comes from ESPN, who cites a source “with direct knowledge of the talks.” Here’s how the deal will go down, according to ESPN’s report:
“The Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, 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.”
“He’s ecstatic … just incredibly happy to be moving on to the Lakers, moving out of Orlando,” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said, recalling a conversation with Howard (via USA Today). “He’s just anxious to put the events of the past behind him. … His attitude is this is second home to him already (because Howard has spent time in Los Angeles rehabilitating his back). One of the things he told me, ‘I can assure you I’m happy to be here.'”
All of the respective teams have reportedly signed off on the trade, but Howard–and the other players–won’t be going anywhere until the NBA approves the deal. A meeting to finalize the deal with NBA officials is expected today, so we should be hearing the result soon.
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