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Dwight Howard Trade: Orlando Magic Didn't Want Andre Iguodala, Rod Thorn Says

In the blockbuster trade of the summer, the Orlando Magic traded Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team deal, and in return they received a plethora of role players (highlighted by Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington) and draft picks. According to Philadelphia 76ers president Rod Thorn, Olympian Andre Iguodala was not a part of Orlando's plan as he explicitly says the Magic did not want him.

We've been talking about different deals, various deals...And then it really came down to, Orlando - they did not want to keep Iguodala because they're going in a different way.

The Orlando Magic's logic behind rejecting Iguodala is more than likely based on their financial plans for the future. Iguodala is owed close to $15 million for this upcoming season, and he holds a player option worth close to $16 million for the following season.

Andre Iguodala is now a member of the Denver Nuggets.

For more on the teams involved with the Howard deal, visit Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post, Lakers blog Silver Screen and Roll, Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Sixers blog Liberty Ballers.

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