Lakers Lookback: August 10, 2012 – Lakers Acquire Dwight Howard

dwight-howard-press-conferenceOne year ago today, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Dwight Howard, Earl Clark, and Chris Duhon from the Orlando Magic in a blockbuster four-team trade.

In this deal, the Lakers sent Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers, who also received Jason Richardson from the Magic. The 76ers sent Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets while the Magic received Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga, and multiple draft picks.

After the trade, the Orlando Magic were highly criticized for not demanding another superstar in return and opted for young prospects instead. For the other three teams involved,  it was a risk they were willing to take as Howard, Bynum, and Iguodala were all unrestricted free agents the following summer.

—–Check out the Lakers Nation store to get your LN gear and show off your Lakers pride!——

Fast forward to the summer of 2013, and Dwight Howard left Los Angeles because he couldn’t handle the pressure. Andre Iguodala surprisingly left the Denver Nuggets for the Golden State Warriors. And of course, Andrew Bynum didn’t play the entire season for the Sixers before recently signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

All three teams looked better on paper at the time, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out for any team except the Magic on the anniversary of this blockbuster trade. Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, and Jason Richardson are the only players who have remained with their respective teams.

Fortunately for the Lakers, the summer of 2014 presents another opportunity for the franchise to sign their next superstar. It might be another year, but I don’t think Lakers fans will mind LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony possibly in the purple and gold instead of Howard.

—————————————————————————————————————–

Have You Entered Our Giveaway To See Kobe Up Close? Be sure to subscribe to our Lakers Nation YouTube channel by clicking here!

You May Also Like

How Carmelo Anthony Trade Impacts Lakers Chances Of Landing Paul George

Carmelo Anthony has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the move could have major implications for the Los Angeles Lakers pursuit of Paul George, so Trevor Lane hops on the Lakers Nation News Feed to dig into the details….

Jordan Clarkson On Lakers Trade Rumors: ‘I’m Staying Here’

The NBA rumor mill is one that never stops spinning, and one name that has come up quite a bit lately is Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson….

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Considers Oscar Award Nomination ‘Validation’ Of Not Simply Being An Athlete

On Sunday night, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant will learn whether or not he can add Oscar Award winner…

Magic Johnson Believes Steve Nash Can Be Lakers’ Leader

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of getting back one…