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Stan Van Gundy says the Orlando Magic are the winners so far in the August 2012 trade of Dwight Howard.
Eleven months after Orlando shipped Dwight Howard to the Lakers in a four-team deal that was panned by many when it came to what the Magic received, who’s the winner so far in the trade?
Try Orlando. That's the word from Stan Van Gundy, who was fired as Magic coach three months before the Aug. 10, 2012 deal.
With Howard having announced Friday he will sign as a free agent with Houston, that means three of the teams in the trade will have lost the top piece they received. Center Andrew Bynum never played for Philadelphia due to injury and will leave the 76ers as a free agent. And swingman Andre Iguodala is departing Denver to sign as a free agent with Golden State.
“Certainly, right now, they’ve won the trade,’’ Van Gundy told FOX Sports Florida. “Everything down the road, you don’t know because there’s salary-cap implications for all the teams. For Denver, they lose Andre Iguodala and you don’t know who they’re going to replace him with. The same thing with L.A., they don’t have cap space but down the road they could start getting out of money and in two years go out and hit the jackpot.
“I think the only conclusion could be right now that Orlando got the best of that trade. (Nikola) Vucevic was a very productive guy for them last year and (Moe) Harkless certainly looked like he has some potential, and Arron Afflalo is a good player. But to me what it comes down to is you’ve got to wait three or four years and see if they’re winning because that’s all that matters. … They’re one of the teams that decided they wanted to be awful for a couple of years and that seems to be the accepted way to do things (now). But, if you follow their plan, it seems to be that they’re off to a really good start and that trade really helped them.’’