Dwight Howard is a Laker.
That’s the moment you’ve all been scouring your Twitter feeds for this whole summer. It’s the moment the Lakers have been pushing for damn near a year. It’s the one that was closely linked to the vetoed Chris Paul deal damn near a year ago.
Of course, things are a bit different, and in the end, the Lakers got their man in an ingenious move by long-time Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak.
The trade details are iffy, but it looks as if the Lakers will land Howard, send long-time Laker Andrew Bynum to Philly, which will send Andre Iguodala to Denver, which will send Arron Afflalo to the Orlando Magic.
Pau Gasol’s not in the deal, which is why we’re so damn excited. Because, essentially, this was a straight-up trade which saw LA only get rid of Bynum for Dwight, a dream scenario in Lakers fans minds last season.
This is a shocking, sudden move, by today’s standards. Usually, each trade scenario gets a ton of press for days leading up to its finalization, but details were leaked a mere seven hours prior to this post (written at 7:40 p.m. PT) and the deal was submitted to the league for processing six hours after the details were leaked. The initials saw Pau Gasol becoming a member of the Magic, but Mitch Kupchak heard our bitching and whining on Twitter and decided to tell everyone that Pau Gasol wasn’t being included. We’re very sure everyone obliged because it is, indeed, Mitch Freaking Kupchak.
We’ll have plenty of coverage about this, here on LSL, about how much we’ll miss Drew, and how excited we are for Dwight.
Until then, enjoy.