Historic trade sends Howard to LA, Bynum to Philly & Skyenga to Orlando

Dwight Howard is the corniest player in the NBA. Despite his awkwardly loud attempts at humor, he’s not funny at all. Stan Van Gundy stripped him of any street cred he had left last season too, and he’s unapologetically stolen Shaq’s style worse than Nicki Minaj did Lil Kim. But he’s still the most dominant big man in the game without question. He might not have developed a post move yet, but he doesn’t need one. Playing alongside Kobe, Pau and Nash, Dwight Howard will be an absolute monster. He will have the opportunity to sleep-walk his way to 20-10 double-doubles, and he makes his new squad a pick ‘em situation in a potential seven-game series with OKC I think. He’ll eventually agree to that extension in LA too.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, left, of Spain reacts to a call along with center Andrew Bynum during the second half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Saturday, May 19, 2012,...
Andrew Bynum then goes to Philadelphia in this three-team proposed trade. So he can’t by extension also come to Cleveland anymore. Those dreams are dead, for now at least. Reportedly Bynum has not agreed to an extension with Philly after this season either, and is expected to still become a free agent at the end of the year. So if you think Bynum is interested in Cleveland, you still have that I guess. I never thought he would actually come here in the first place though. I would’ve been thrilled to watch him run the floor with Kyrie Irving, but it seemed way too good to be true. Which in the end it was. For the short-term in Philly, adding Bynum makes the Sixers the third best team in the Eastern Conference at worst. Depending on Rose’s health, they might even be the second now. They will also start Evan Turner from day one, who’ll replace Andre Igoudala, traded himself to Denver.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Christian Eyenga, left, from the Republic of  Congo, dunks on Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova, from Turkey, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in Cleveland.
In response to losing Superman, the Orlando Magic should be applauded for the logical move of replacing him with Skyenga. Alex Kennedy from Hoopsworld is reporting that Christian has been sent to Orlando in this trade, and Magic fans all over the world immediately celebrated the news. He didn’t really play much for the Lakers after being dealt from Cleveland last season, but he did average 16 points per 36 minutes during the playoffs. Hashtag production. This move also opens up the possibility of bringing back those old Penny Hardaway muppet commercials and working Skyenga into that franchise rocking his new Magic Blue’s. More on all that later though, enjoy the Friday.

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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