James Harden the former Oklahoma City Thunder 6th man looked pretty good in his new Houston Rockets’ jersey Wednesday night. Harden made his début with the team as they took on the Detroit Pistons. It’s hard to believe that just a few short days ago Harden was traded to Houston. Harden wanted to stay with the OKC but they didn’t want to pony up the dough. Houston signed Harden for a five-year contract valued at $80 million. But judging by his opening performance he was worth every penny, he had 37 points and 12 assists.
It’s unfortunate for Houston’s other star acquisition, Jeremy Lin, who was way overshadowed with 12 points and eight assists.
One of the biggest trades in MLB history happened Friday between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox are sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, infielder Nick Punto and outfield Carl Crawford in exchange for first baseman James Loney, pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, middle infielder Ivan De Jesus and left fielder Jerry Sands. The Sox also added on $12 million dollars to sweeten the deal.
So who is winning in this massive trade? The Sox are definitely winning. By trading all these players they freed up a quarter of a billion dollars in payroll. It also got rid of a lot of upset players who were not so happy with new manager Bobby Valentine. So instead of fight through it they decided just to trade them. The Sox couldn’t get in worse they are already in last place in AL East so why not make a change?
The Dodgers fate is still unclear. Right now the Dodgers(under new ownership including Magic Johnson) are three games away from first place behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. And there is nothing more than a winning team to make new owners happy. A winning team is exactly what the new Dodger owners need to make sure they make their money back in television deals. No one is going to pay big bucks to broadcast a team that sucks. So the Dodgers are hoping the veterans can help them not only play better but establish a new brand.
Usually when one of the biggest teams in the NBA franchise
dumps trades you for an even bigger star it would make you a little sad. Not Andrew Bynum. He was grinning ear to ear at his first press conference with the Philadelphia 76ers. Bynum looked happier than he has in a long time. It was obvious that Bynum did not care for the Los Angeles Lakers but he could at least face a few tears. Not only that but now Bynum is talking about extending with the 76ers. I guess he is really happy to be closer to his hometown of Princeton, NJ.
It’s fine Bynum, the Lakers will be totally over you once Dwight Howard hits the court.
I think this video does the best job of describing the mixed emotions Orlando Magic fans are feeling now that Dwight Howard is going to the Los Angeles Lakers. Oh yeah and it’s hilarious.
According to ESPN.com it has been confirmed that the four-way trade for Dwight Howard is going forward. In the deal Howard would be going to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Orlando Magic will get Arron Afflalo(Nuggets), Al Harrington (Nuggets), Nikola Vucevic (76ers) and one protected future first-round pick from the Lakers, Nuggets, and 76ers. The Denver Nuggets will get Andre Iguodala from the Philadelphia 76ers. Then the 76ers will get Andrew Bynum(Laker) and Jason Richardson(Magic).
This means that Pau Gasol will be staying with the Lakers despite originally being rumored to be part of this trade. Apparently Kobe Bryant is on my side and was happy that Gasol will be staying. Howard is still not ready to sign an extension with the Laker preferring to become a free-agent next year. But alas if the Lakers can’t convince him to stay then I’m sure the endorsement dollars will. Bynum is also not willing to sign an extension with the 76ers but that might change.
So who is winning in this deal? The Lakers are definitely winning with Howard they have a real shot at the Championship next year. Now if they could just get rid of coach Mike Brown my Laker fantasy would be complete. It is still debatable how this trade will work out for the 76ers. Iguodala was a great player that could have done more if a team was built around him. But Bynum may give the 76ers the inside presence that they need. The Nuggets are definitely doing good getting Iguodala but not sure why they needed to throw in a draft pick after giving up two players.
The real loser in this deal is the Magic. I don’t know what the Magic management was thinking but maybe they know something we don’t about potential recruits. At least Magic fans can celebrate that they don’t have to hear anymore about Howard.
Just as I was giving up hope that the Los Angeles Lakers would land Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard trade talks have resumed. Of course it is a complicated four-way trade involving: the Lakers, Magic, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers. In this proposed deal the Lakers would get Howard and Nuggets’ forward Al Harrington. Than the 76ers would give up Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets. Then Andrew Bynum would go to the
Magic 76ers. The Magic would get Laker Pau Gasol and Nugget Arron Affalo.
Now of course it seems weird that the Magic would take Gasol rather than Bynum. But Bynum would only stay with the Magic for one season so they would rather take Gasol as an asset for future trades. I would be sad to see Gasol go but my happiness of dumping Bynum might heal the pain. Bynum has regularly said that he doesn’t care where he plays and his lack of loyalty to the Lakers makes it hard to like him.
Nothing is official yet but Dwight Howard might end up with the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard had been reluctant to sign with the Lakers under the philosophy that he wants to ‘be Kobe Bryant not play with Kobe Bryant.’ But apparently Howard wised up to the fact that he could be making major dough if he moved to major market team. It was stipulated before that if Howard went to LA he would only play for one season. Although sources have reported that Howard is open to re-signing with the Lakers, Howard’s agent is refuting that claim. If Howard did move to LA he would be stupid not to extend with the Lakers just for endorsements alone.
In order to get Howard the Lakers would be sending Andrew Bynum to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Which is actually seems like a really good fit. Especially with their young star Kyrie Irving. The only problem is that the Cavaliers want a commitment from Bynum that he will sign a contract extension.
So far the Lakers have not allowed anyone team to directly communicate with Bynum. There is also the possibility that Bynum could end up with the Houston Rockets or Magic. As Bynum has said he doesn’t care where he plays, which to Lakers’ fans means pack your bags.
Looks like Dwight Howard will not be going to the Brooklyn Nets after all. The trade was already in trouble when the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled out of the four way trade. The Nets desperate to get Howard offered the Orlando Magic: four future first-round picks, Brook Lopez, and Kris Humphries. Not shockingly the Magic didn’t think that Lopez and Humphries were anything equal to the loss of Howard.
Now Lopez is looking at other options. He is considering going to the Charlotte Bobcats or the Portland Trail Blazers.
So does this mean Howard could still be going to the Lakers? Will this trade deal ever end?
So the mega confusing trade deal that would land Dwight Howard with the Brooklyn Nets is already unraveling. If you want to know the particular of it reference my earlier post, “The Most Confusing Trade Ever.” The deal was a four way trade between: Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Clippers. Now Cleveland is having second thoughts and has axed the idea. Maybe they realized that they were helping to create another juggernaut team that destroy them. Or maybe they realized they didn’t really need anything out of the deal.
Cleveland main role was to help free up salary for the Brooklyn Nets by taking Kris Humphries. So now the Nets are scrambling to see who else can he else can help them out. Meanwhile the Magic is back to looking at the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets as homes for Howard. The problem is that Andrew Bynum, the only valuable player to Orlando, won’t accept an extension with them. Meaning they could get him for a year then be stuck rebuilding again. Not to mention the Lakers don’t have the salary space for Howard.
I’m not being traded but man is this situation frustrating. The Magic should have dumped Howard before when he was asking to be traded.