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Five years ago today, the Orlando Magic completed a blockbuster four-team trade, sending star big man Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard had grown disgruntled and frustrated with the Magic organization, resulting in a year-long spat with the team filled with many indecisions, known to many of us as ‘The Dwightmare’. During the season prior, Howard had reportedly demanded a trade, then later opted in to remain with the team instead of testing free agency that summer, before demanding a trade once again. After watching Howard’s season cut short due to a herniated disk in his back, which required surgery, and bowing out in the first round of that year’s playoffs, the Magic ultimately traded Howard to the Lakers that offseason, in a trade that also involved the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets.
To refresh everyone’s memory, the trade details were:
Los Angeles Lakers receive: Dwight Howard (from the Magic), Chris Duhon & Earl Clark (from the Magic)
Orlando Magic receive: Josh McRoberts & Christian Eyenga (from the Lakers), Maurice Harkless & Nikola Vucevic (from the 76ers), Arron Afflalo & Al Harrington (from the Nuggets), 2013 second-round pick (from the Nuggets), 2014 first-round pick, 2015 protected first-round pick (from the 76ers), 2015 conditional second-round pick & 2017 protected first-round pick (from the Lakers)
Philadelphia 76ers receive: Jason Richardson (from the Magic), Andrew Bynum (from the Lakers)
Denver Nuggets receive: Andre Iguodala (from the 76ers)
A lot has changed in the 5 years since the trade went down, obviously. The narratives surrounding the four teams immediately after the trade are completely different than they were 2-3 years ago, and are even more different now. Let’s analyze all four teams, as well as the players who were involved, and look at how that blockbuster trade has impacted all the parties involved during that time span.