ESPN reports that the Dwight Howard trade drama may be finally coming to a close as four teams come to terms on a deal that will send the melodramatic, 6'11 center with the emotional maturity of a six year old to the L.A. Lakers.
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Fed up Orlando fans and appallingly spoiled Lakers fans will most likely rejoice. Everyone else; not so much.
If Pau Gasol is in fact not a moving piece in this trade -and keeping in mind L.A.'s recent acquisition of perennial all-star guard Steve Nash- the Lakers may now arguably be considered the best team poised to dethrone the defending Champions the Miami Heat. In related news, I may have to start rooting for Ray Allen once again if the Lakers face the Heat in the finals. It's a lose-lose prospect, granted.
Philadelphia will also be greatly improved with the acquisition of Andrew Bynum, making the Celtics path to the Atlantic division title far more complicated than it had been 24 hours ago. With that said, I still think the Celtics have a better all-around team than the 76ers at this point, especially as it regards individual scorers and overall star power.
On the bright side, at least the lockout finally brought parity to the league by eliminating the advantage big market teams with gargantuan payrolls enjoy over their smaller market peers. Except that it didn't... at all. I'm sure somewhere Daryl Morey is poking needles into a Dwight Howard voodoo doll. Now excuse me, while I go yell into a pillow until I turn red in the face and pass out.