NBA: Dwight Howard reportedly traded to Lakers

According to ESPN.com, Dwight Howard will be traded to the Lakers as part of a four-team deal that will send Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers. Los Angeles' acquisition of Howard could be bad news for the Western Conference champion Thunder.
From Staff and Wire Reports Published: August 9, 2012
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Dwight Howard is headed to the Lakers after all, according to ESPN.com.

The website reported Thursday night that a four-team trade that would send Dwight Howard from Orlando to Los Angeles is complete.

The acquisition of Howard, combined with the Lakers' recent signing of Steve Nash, could greatly shift the balance of power in the Western Conference, where the Thunder is the reigning conference champion.

“Lakers did it again, getting a center. ... It's a great deal for the Lakers, obviously,” Hall of Famer Chris Mullin said on ESPN, according to USA Today. “This catapaulted the Lakers next to, if not above, the Oklahoma City Thunder.”

Lakers standout Pau Gasol's name has been in and out of trade talks, but according to ESPN.com and the Orlando Sentinel, Gasol is no longer in the mix.

Each team will receive the following players:

Lakers: Howard

Nuggets: Andre Iguodala

76ers: Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

Magic: Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevis and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams. Orlando may be getting other pieces, including 76ers draft pick Moe Harkless.

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