have to disagree with brooklyn. lopez on his deal is an atrocious contract and they were unable to take back a ton of salary. the picks would have been late firsts anyway.
now the houston deal, i like much better.
Lopez had not been extended back when Brooklyn was in talks with the Magic. Dont know that the Magic would have paid as much as Brooklyn did. They were kinda forced into overpaying because they had to keep some players to work with Deron. And they realized the Magic were not going to deal them Howard.