August 10, 2012: As part of a 4-team trade, traded by the Orlando Magic with Earl Clark and Chris Duhon to the Los Angeles Lakers; the Denver Nuggets traded Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington and a 2014 1st round draft pick to the Orlando Magic; the Los Angeles Lakers traded Christian Eyenga, Josh McRoberts and a 2017 1st round draft pick to the Orlando Magic; the Los Angeles Lakers traded Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Orlando Magic traded Jason Richardson to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Philadelphia 76ers traded Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets; and the Philadelphia 76ers traded Maurice Harkless, Nikola Vucevic and a future 1st round draft pick to the Orlando Magic. Denver will send the lower of its two 2014 first round draft picks to Orlando.Clearly Iguodala was a key piece of the puzzle that made this trade work and thus bring Dwight to the Lakers.
Yesterday on a sports talk show in Toronto, Bryan Colangelo the Raptors President and GM for the first time went public with a trade for Iguodala that he turned down. I have seen a couple different variations of the players or assets as Colangelo likes to refer to them as that the 76ers wanted in return for Iguodala. The latest version would have had the Raptors trading their #8 pick Terrance Ross, Jose Calderon, Ed Davis and a future first round pick for Iguodala. Whoever the actual players that the 76ers wanted for Iguodala were Colangelo didn't make the deal because he thought that the price was too high.
Needless to say this is all water under the bridge now as D-12 will be wearing the Purple and Gold in about one month's time. Lakers fans will soon forget about this trade that didn't happen but Raptors fans won't. However, the next time that Colangelo is in Los Angeles, the Buss family should take him out for a nice dinner as a thank you.