After all, they say history is bound to repeat itself, it already has if you can recall back to 1996.
Orlando Gets: Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Moe Harkless, Nikola Vucevic, Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga
Lakers Get: Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon, Earl Banks
Philadelphia Gets: Andrew Bynum, Jason Richardson
Denver Gets: Andre Iguodala
Superman has landed in Hollywood. Dwight Howard has been traded to the LA Lakers in a four team deal.
Steve Nash has been sent to the Lakers in a sign and trade deal from the Phoenix Suns and will be joining Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. Nash once said it would be tough to put on a Lakers uniform; the Lakers and the Suns were division rivals and Nash had faced the Lakers multiple times in the playoffs as recently as 2010 in the Western Conference Finals. Nash, a two time MVP will join forces with five time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, to pursue his first, and help Kobe win his sixth. The Lakers have provided Kobe with a veteran point guard, and the two will combine for a lethal backcourt. With this deal the Lakers have found themselves back within title contention. Nash has the great Kobe Bryant on the wing and two seven footers in Gasol and Bynum down low in the paint (assuming Gasol isn’t traded). Nash may be 38 but he has shown little sign of slowing down and can still orchestrate the offense. Nash ended up in a very unlikely place but this is where he may just find his first championship.
Pau Gasol’s time in LA may soon be coming to an end. The Lakers have started looking for any trade value for the 7 foot Spaniard. The Lakers are looking to get a legit player to replace Gasol and possibly a draft pick as well. Gasol was almost traded prior to the start of the season that would’ve brought Chris Paul to the Lakers, but David Stern nullified the deal and shipped Paul to the Clippers. Gasol still has two years and $38 million remaining on his contract; a heavy price but there is a team that could use a 7 footer with a decent offensive game. The Lakers stated that they had no intent of trading Gasol after their 2nd round playoff exit to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 5 games, but those plans seemed to have changed. There has been talk of Gasol going to Atlanta in exchange for Josh Smith, or even a possibility of a return to Memphis to play alongside brother Marc Gasol, but as of now nothing is assured. Gasol will once again have to wait and let LA management decide what they want to do with him.