West now a three-team race
Howard trade helps Lakers join Spurs and Thunder as conference favorites
After roughly a year of near-constant drama, the Orlando Magic finally sent Dwight Howard on his way Thursday night, dealing the mega-talented center to (who else?) the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team swap that also involved the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers. In doing so, they also changed the landscape of the NBA with a single trade.
So let's do a little surveying -- what does the Howard deal mean for the parties involved, as well as the rest of the league, in the 2012-13 season?
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