Teams: Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets
Deal: Magic trade Dwight Howard, Earl Clark and Chris Duhon to Lakers for Arron Afflalo (from the Nuggets), Al Harrington (Nuggets), Nikola Vucevic (76ers), Moe Harkless (76ers), Josh McRoberts (Lakers), Christian Eyenga (Lakers) and a first-round pick in 2014 from the Nuggets, a protected first-round pick from the 76ers in 2017, a second-round pick from the Nuggets in 2013 and a conditional second-round pick from the Lakers in 2015. The 76ers get Andrew Bynum from Lakers and trade Andre Iguodala to Nuggets.
Aftermath: Who would’ve thought that the most valuable asset in this trade wouldn’t be Howard, the reigning three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, but future NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala?
Bottom line: By the time Howard left Orlando, the rumblings were starting about what kind of player he was behind the scenes (ask Stan Van Gundy), but the thought was that he could join the Lakers and team with another superstar, Kobe Bryant, play out the last year of his deal and sign a long-term contract with the Lakers.
Howard, it turns out, couldn’t figure out how to run a pick-and-roll and complained about Bryant shooting too much. The center spurned the Lakers’ five-year, $118 million offer after the year and began what’s been almost a decade of bridge burning and team hopping — he’s on his fourth team since leaving the Lakers.