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Dwight Howard to Lakers in 4-team, 12-player deal

  • FILE - This Jan. 31, 2011 file photo shows Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, center, dunking over Memphis Grizzlies teammates Darrell Arthur, left, and Rudy Gay, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. Howard's departure from Orlando is nearly complete. The All-Star center could be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers as soon as Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, pending NBA approval of a four-team, eight-player trade also involving Denver and Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Mark Weber, File)

LONDON — At long last, Dwight Howard got what he wanted.

So did the Orlando Magic. A new beginning for both awaits.

It took four teams, 11 other players, five draft picks and countless rounds of talks over many months, but finally, the Magic decided the time was right to start over without the NBA's best center and end a saga that has dogged the franchise for what seems like an eternity.

Howard is off to play alongside Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles, after a megadeal was worked out Thursday and completed Friday after the NBA reviewed and approved the particulars.

"It was just a very tough situation for everybody to let go," Howard said. "I'm finally glad that it's over with. Myself and the Magic organization, we can all start over and begin a new career. Today is a fresh new start for all of us."


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