Revisiting the assets acquired in the Dwight Howard blockbuster trade

The Dwight Howard deal was met with criticism from Orlando Magic fans at the time. But the trade still has significance in the foundation of this new Orlando team.

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Revisiting the assets acquired in the Dwight Howard trade

The Veterans

There were two veterans and two young players that were acquired in the trade that played for Orlando but were never flipped for other assets.

Christian Eyenga was 23 when the Orlando Magic traded for him. He was a former first round selection out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He had played 51 games in the NBA before joining Orlando.

Former Magic general manager Rob Hennigan had seen enough of his film and waived him before the start of the 2013 season. Eyenga never played a game for the Magic or another NBA game for that matter.


Al Harrington was a savvy 16-year vet that took on a leadership role on the Magic. His career was behind him, but Rob Hennigan did not want to bring back too much talent. He was organically rebuilding through draft picks and not looking for Harrington to play major minutes.

He suited up for 10 games during the 2013 season and averaged 5.1 points per game. That was the fewest points per game and rebounds per game since his rookie season. Harrington was waived before the start of the next season.

Josh McRoberts was 25 when he came to Orlando and was part of the rotation in his lone season with the Magic. He played 41 games and started in three while averaging 3.9 points per game. He was traded at the deadline that season for Hakim Warrick, who was waived by the team.

The Magic were clearing their roster of players that weren't a part of their future. Tobias Harris and Andrew Nicholson were younger players at the forward position leaving McRoberts without a role.