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Report: Nets to go hard after Dwight Howard

Posted on: July 2, 2011 5:16 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2011 6:12 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Big shocking news here people: The New Jersey Nets are going to try really hard to get the best player in the 2012 free agency crop to make their team better.

I know, I can't believe it either.

According to ESPN.com, the Nets "intend to make a hard push for [Dwight] Howard in an attempt to convince [Deron] Williams to commit long term."

Basically, it sounds the like Nets are saying, "Hey everyone, we're going to try real, real hard to get Dwight Howard. REAL hard. You hear that Deron? Real hard."

It's what they have to do though. Mikhail Prokhorov and the Nets took a strategical risk trading Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and draft picks for Williams, without the sure road to sign him long term. It's clear that it's going to take a vision for a future contender to convince Williams he wants to be a part of it. Simply playing in Brooklyn in a nice, new arena isn't good enough. Players want to win. And getting Howard is an excellent way to win.

However, Howard seems to be very determined to remain with the Magic. But that's only if they do the same thing the Nets are and convince him that they have a plan to win. Howard wants to be a champion. And if that can happen in Orlando, that's what he prefers. But if he decides that isn't in the cards with the existing roster Otis Smith assembles, teaming up with Williams might sound like a fantastic plan.

It's no shock though that the Nets are going to be hot in pursuit of Howard. They better be. He's the cream of the 2012 crop and will instantly make whatever team he picks a title contender. He's a total game-changer. And not only do the Nets want him, they also want to show Deron Williams they're serious about getting him help. It's hard for me to picture a scenario of Howard choosing to leaving the Magic in which he doesn't go to the Lakers, but the Nets aren't a bad option.

You hear that Deron?
Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2011 8:41 am
 

Report: Nets to go hard after Dwight Howard

Howard will be the most sought after free agent of recent years, if he is allowed to become one. All this talk of Howard wanting to stay in Orlando, is just that, talk. There is no way they can compete with Agent 0 and Hedu being paid so much money. Without Howard, they would not even be a playoff team, but the worst team in the NBA. I am sure that the Magic learned from the Cleveland experience and will not let him go without obtaining something in return. Several earns to include the Lakers, Hawks, and several others, could give a package of players that would keep them competitive. The idea of the Nets getting him through free agency in highly unlikely. If the Magic are realistic in the fate of Howard. Cleveland went from the best in the East to the worst in the NBA. Will in happen again? I wouldn't bet on it.




Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 8:18 am
 

Report: Nets to go hard after Dwight Howard

I just can't see D.Howard playing for the Nets at all unless they bring in some quality players to play alongside him as well as upgrade their current roster. Getting Williams was a good move,but now you have to convince him to stay or else getting him for Favors,Harris and future draft picks will have been a waste. D.Howard might have second thoughts on going to the Nets because he was promised the same thing in Orlando and as of now,it's not working at all. D.Howard is probably looking at teams who currently have pieces in place for a possible championship run.



Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2011 4:38 am
 

Report: Nets to go hard after Dwight Howard

BTW, MY BASEMENT COMMENT WAS DIRECTED TO THE GUY WHO THINKS HE WILL BE A SIXER



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2011 4:33 am
 

Report: Nets to go hard after Dwight Howard

After that mess in Orlando last season...whether he loves the fans, the city..won't matter..They were an embarassment last season.They go out and make all these moves to make themselves better, and the moves made them worse off. New Jersey / Brooklyn won't be competing for any championships anytime soon..this isn't the Kidd / Martin / Jefferon days....So what does he do? Go somewhere else just for the sake of going somewhere else...or stay with Orlando and hope they can compete.Orlando will always be a decent team with him there, but the whole point is to win titles, to compete at the highest level...not to get 40 some wins & tank out in the first round.




Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2011 4:31 am
 

Report: Nets to go hard after Dwight Howard

THE BASEMENT COMMENT WAS DIRECTED TO THE GUY THAT THINKS HE WILL BE A SIXER



Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2011 4:25 am
 

Report: Nets to go hard after Dwight Howard

WHO TOLD YOU THAT, YOUR MOM WHEN SHE BROUGHT YOUR DINNER DOWN TO THE BASEMENT?



Since: Feb 23, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 4:09 am
 

Report: Nets to go hard after Dwight Howard

if d howard ever had the chance to play with   d williams he would avg 30 pts. a night.   he has not played with a true point guard in his career . sorry jameer.   i saw how great d williams is first hand after he was traded to the nets and the guy was playing hurt. he even made b. lopez more efficient. a tandem of williams and howard with good role players and they can challenge any team in the east.   I DONT THINK PEOPLE REALIZE JUST HOW GREAT HOWARD IS.   because he doesnt make free throws.    BROOKLYN !!!!




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2011 1:12 am
 

Report: Nets to go hard after Dwight Howard

He will be a Sixer......that's a fact !



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Report: Nets to go hard after Dwight Howard

to say NJ has cap space is premature cause we have no clue what the new CBA will be..and what rules will be in place ..so until thats set any discussion is dumb



Since: Jul 2, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Report: Nets to go hard after Dwight Howard

btw my comment was a reply to another comment


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