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- The Los Angeles Lakers trade for Dwight Howard was a four-team trade and one of the biggest blockbuster deals in NBA history.
- The trade didn’t help any franchise involved, as Howard’s one-year stint in Los Angeles didn’t work out, and the rebuild set the Orlando Magic back several seasons.
- The deal included 12 players and five picks — here’s where everyone involved is today.
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The Dwight Howard trade to the Los Angeles Lakers was one of the biggest blockbusters in NBA history and, ultimately, a deal that didn’t seem to benefit anyone.
Howard was one of the NBA’s best players when he made his intentions to leave the Orlando Magic in free agency known. The Magic ended up shipping him to the Lakers in 2012 in a four-team trade that included the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets.
Howard’s one-year stint on the Lakers was a disaster, as he battled injury and chemistry issues on the star-studded squad. Meanwhile, the Magic’s attempt at a rebuild after losing their star came well short. They broke a six-year playoff drought since the trade this season, but have a long way to go.
The 76ers took a swing in the trade by landing Andrew Bynum and missed, while the Nuggets may have actually gotten the best end of the deal by landing just one player — Andre Iguodala.
Seven years later, here’s where all of the players and the draft picks involved in the trade ended up.
The trade centered on Dwight Howard, who was one of the NBA’s best players at the time.
Howard had dominated with the Orlando Magic, but when he told the team he wanted out, with his free agency approaching in the offseason, they decided to trade him.
Howard’s time with the Lakers was a bust. He battled injuries and chemistry issues, and the star-studded Lakers fizzled out. He’s hopped around the NBA since, playing on four teams in the last six years. He’s now on the Washington Wizards but played just nine games in 2018-19 because of injuries.
The Lakers also received Chris Duhon from the Magic.
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