Orlando Magic will struggle MIGHTILY without Dwight Howard

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

Dwight Howard had his wish granted and was freed from the Orlando Magic.  As a result, the Magic become one of the worst teams in the league as their post-Howard makeover will be quite painful.  (By the way, if you are keeping track at home I have the three worst teams in the Eastern Conference coming from the Southeast Division.)

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Magic finally deal Dwight Howard to Lakers; trade breakdown

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Finally.  FINALLY!  No more Dwight Howard rumors as the Orlando Magic deal their disgruntled superstar to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team trade that also includes the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers.  The Lake Show give up Andrew Bynum and Andre Iguodala is also included in the deal.  Here is a breakdown.

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2012 NBA off-season losers

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All the big moves in the NBA off-season have been made… except that one big guy in Orlando whose name I refuse to mention because I’m fed up with hearing rumors about where or where he might not end up.  So it’s time to dish out some winners and losers of the past few weeks.  Here are a few teams that were losers during the NBA off-season.
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Bulls.com: Pau Gasol interested in coming to Chicago

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The Chicago Bulls will have to take stock now of what they can and cannot do, as they will be sans Derrick Rose for most, if not all of the season. This changes their complexion and outlook completely. Bulls.com reporter Sam Smith proposes an idea that they might even play for the lottery, a la the San Antonio Spurs when David Robinson was hurt.

We all know that worked out amazingly, as the Spurs subsequently got Tim Duncan. But there’s another route to take as well- acquiring Pau Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers, possibly in a deal involving Luol Deng.

According to Smith as you’ll read below, Gasol wants out of L.A. and wants into Chicago. Oh and he and Kobe Bryant hate each other:

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5 Pau Gasol trade possibilities for the Los Angeles Lakers

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Paul Gasol was actually traded by the Los Angeles Lakers last off-season; until the league struck down the deal.  Now with the Lake Show being ousted from the Western Conference Playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Gasol receiving a ton of criticism for his performance in that series, you can bet your sweet derriere that off-season trade rumors will once again run rampant regarding the Spaniard.  Here are five trade possibilities and destinations where Gasol (who is due to make more $38 million during the next two seasons) could end up getting dealt to this summer.

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