Originally Posted by jamesblakefan#1
Thoughts on OKC arguably getting more for Harden then ORL got for Dwight?
Once the Nets bailed on Howard ORL was kinda handcuffed and just dealt him away.
Basically ORl did this.
Traded Going: Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark (to Lakers); Jason Richardson (to 76ers)
Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, first-round pick in 2014, second-round pick in 2013 (from Nuggets); Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, conditional first-round pick (from 76ers); Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga, conditional first-round pick in 2017, conditional second-round pick in 2015 (from Lakers)
So Howard, Duhon, Clark for three 1st rounders 2 2d rounders Afflalo, Harrington, Vucevic, Harkless, McRoberts, and Eyenga. But one of those first rounders are in 2017 and two of them are conditional which probably puts them uot of the top 5 range or something.
Bascially you traded Howard for five picks hoping two work out, some cap flexability and Afflalo (who is pretty good)
OKC Trade Harden, Aldrich, Cook, and Lazar Hayward for.
Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two 1st rounders and a second. 2d round flips are coin flips most of the time. 1st rounders are not much differrent.
But I actually may like the Harden deal better. The Howard deal was only two more picks (one 1st one 2d). and even though are tons of players its not like they are anygood.
But Howard left the Magic zero leverage (basically saying he would not sign an extension) to do anything at all. So its not a huge surprsie. Im sure the Rockets had some agreement with Harden in place before they signed off on the trade knowing they could get him long term.