Report: Dwight Howard Mega Deal "Very Close to Happening"

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst IAugust 9, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic drives on Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter of Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Looks like Superman will ultimately land in Tinsel Town.

League sources have told ESPN Columnist Chris Broussard that a Dwight Howard deal could be agreed upon as soon as Friday (via ESPN).

In the deal, Howard and Al Harrington would head to the Lakers, Pau Gasol, Arron Afflalo and a bevy of draft picks would go to the Magic, Andre Iguodala would go to the Nuggets and Andrew Bynum would join the 76ers.

At the end of the day, the two biggest winners of this deal are actually not the Lakers or Magic.

Both the Nuggets and 76ers greatly benefit from this four-team deal, because they acquire surefire All-Stars at positions where they need one.

For Afflalo and Harrington, Denver gets one of the NBA's best perimeter defenders and versatile players in Iguodala.

The 76ers maybe land the biggest steal, simply dealing Iguodala's huge contract for the second-best center in the league, Andrew Bynum.

The Lakers do get their man Howard, but lose an All-Star-caliber power forward in Gasol, whose numbers would have definitely improved with Steve Nash as his point guard.

Lastly, the Magic really get shafted here. Gasol is an All-Star, but he's a huge financial burden with almost $40 million remaining on his contract.

Afflalo is a solid shooting guard, but he also has a bloated contract that will not help with the rebuilding process. The same can be said about the draft picks Orlando receives in the deal, all of which will likely be in the mid-to-late first round, 

Even so, they do finally get rid of a disgruntled superstar, while also possibly shedding many of their horrific contracts.

Stay tuned for more updates on this story.