Last night the storm that has been Dwight Howard finally came to an end when the seven foot, three time defensive player of the year, was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. The trade, which includes Denver, Orlando and Philly saw nine players and four draft picks change hands. The Lakers, who came out the big winners in the blockbuster deal, will certainly benefit from their acquisition of Howard (who most likely will not sign an extension and become a free agent at the end of next year) immediately.
The Philadelphia 76ers lose long time star forward Andre Iguodala in the trade. They will look to implement center Andrew Bynum (acquired in trade) into the mix next season. This offseason Bynum has stated on several occasions that he would not sign an extension with any team he was traded to, leaving sixers fans to wonder, what the trade truly means for the organization moving forward.
Andrew Bynum is a young, rising star in the NBA. At only 24 years of age, he has plenty of basketball to play and endless potential. He instantly gives Philly the low post presence that they have lacked for several seasons. Last season Bynum made strides on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor for the Lakers. He averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per game and was selected to his first NBA all-star team were he was selected as a starter.
With all his success on the court last season, there were several occasions where Andrew Bynum showed his age and lacked the mental maturity of a professional athlete. Bynum struggled to get on the same page as then, new Head Coach, Mike Brown. Incidences such as Bynum not joining team huddles during games and taking silly shots to spite Brown, showed how much growing Bynum still has to do.
For all the good and the bad that was Andrew Bynum last season, it is still clearly visible to anyone that this guy is a stud. For the time being this trade plays into the favor of the 76ers. They still have great guard play; the team is young and loaded with talent and Bynum finally gives them the ability to defend the post.
If Philly can convince Bynum to sign an extension or re-sign with the team when he becomes a free agent next summer they are winners in this trade. They will have a competitive team that will be title contenders in 2-3 years. But if Bynum decides he wants no part of the city of brotherly love and departs after next season, the Sixers will have completely lost all value generated from this trade.
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Written by Tito Javier
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