Here’s a full breakdown of what each team received in this trade…
Protected Denver (or N.Y.) 1st in 2014
2013 Golden State 2nd round pick via Denver
Protected Philly 1st in 2015
Protected LA 1st in 2017
It’s hard to digest this 12 player, 4-pick trade, but it clearly completely changed each of the teams involved. First off, the Lakers are now legit contenders again after an embarrassing loss to the Thunder last season. The addition of Dwight Howard will give the Lakers a better interior defender capable of keeping the likes of James Harden and Russell Westbrook out of the paint. Dwight will also be extremely scary on pick n’ rolls with Steve Nash, and will also be the recipient of the best passing 7-footer in Pau Gasol. The other pieces the Lakers received could pay dividends as well, as Chris Duhon will be competing with Steve Blake and Darius Morris for the 2nd and 3rd string point guard spots. Blake’s struggles in LA and Morris’ youth should give Duhon a shot to make an impact behind Nash off the bench. Clark will takeover McRoberts role behind Pau Gasol and the newly required Antawn Jameson as the 3rd string power forward. After the trade was processed the Lakers signed Jodie Meeks to a 2-year contract completing the roster for the upcoming season. A starting 5 of Nash, Bryant, World Peace, Gasol, and Howard is easily the best starting 5 in the NBA. But, with a bench featuring Jameson, Hill, Duhon, Blake, Ebanks, and Meeks this Laker team finally looks like it has the depth and athleticism to compete for a Championship.
If you’re comparing name value the Magic clearly lost this trade. However, they DID pick up some very useful pieces for rebuilding. First off, Arron Afflalo is a legit starting shooting guard, and will takeover for the spot J-Rich left. Al Harrington has a partially guaranteed buyout in his contract that will make him easy to get rid of at the trade deadline or after the season. If they keep him, he’ll provide a ton of grit and experience to a team that currently lacks it. In Nikola Vucevic they got a 2nd year 7-footer who has range out to the three point line, and can bang a bit down low. The last key player they received was rookie Moe Harkless, who was a top recruit in high school and stared on a decimated St. John’s team last season. I think Harkless could end up being the best player here, and will be starting over Hedo Turkoglu or Quentin Richardson in no time. The draft picks are all lottery protected, but should eventually provide some solid role players down the line.
Many consider Philly the 2nd biggest winners in this deal. I disagree, but they’re a very close second to the Nuggets. There are three big problems with this trade for them.
- Bynum doesn’t make them a contender.
- Bynum may not resign after this season.
- Jason Richardson is not worth his massive contract that Philly will have to deal with.
Giving up Iggy for height is something the Sixers have been trying to do for quite some time, but it could cost them their future if Bynum doesn’t resign or injures his fragile knees again.
I’ve been watching SportCenter and ESPN shows to get all of the analysts take, but I heard very little praise towards the Nuggets from any of them. They all made a huge mistake, because the Nuggets are going to be a team that shocks everybody this year when they knock off one or two of the Lakers, Thunder, Spurs, or Clippers in the playoffs this season. The acquisition of Iggy finally gives them a piece they have sorely needed- a legit lockdown defender and a true leader. The Nuggets were a highly talented and athletic team last year that lacked a true leader and closer. Iggy will be coming fresh off the Olympics to lead his new team. The projected starting lineup will feature Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, and Javale McGee. This super athletic lineup has potential to run any team out of the gym, as they will dominate in transition. With Iguodala in the mix now, they’ll be able to do better in the halfcourt where they had some trouble creating offense. The Nuggets also have a deep bench with guys like Wilson Chandler, Andre Miller, Anthony Randolph, Kosta Koufos, Timofey Mozgov, and Corey Brewer that are all capable of pouring on points, and adding to George Karl’s new up-tempo style of play he installed post-Carmelo. This team will 100% lead the league in scoring, and with the addition of Iguodala’s defensive prowess they’ll have the potential to be great.