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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, 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?

Since: Jul 2, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 10:36 pm

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You clearly don't know what you're talking about. The Nets have a huge amount of cap space and could definetly afford Howard, but that's not the problem. They have the "$$$ to spend." Rebuilding doesn't mean bankrupt.

Since: Jul 1, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 10:21 pm

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Nets should go after a guy like this, but also add a veteran to there roster. Someone who can take the pressure of leading a team off of deron williams. They should put spot up shooters with him. I don't think howards the best fit there, it's just like amare and anthony. yeah there good, but their not ever going to be champion callabore good.(unless if they add cp3 which is another topic)      
;  Howard would definetely help, but the nets still wouldn't be championchip callabore without adding someone else besides howard.

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 8:08 pm

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Howard will leave to a bigger market.  He has no faith in Van Guny nor Otis Smith.  The Magic are part of the reason why owners are locking out players right now because of salaries (Exhibit A: Rashard Lewis contract).  Otis Smith restructured and overhauled a near championship roster near the mid-way point of the season to get rid of your backup center who would likely be a starter on several teams in the league.  Van Gundy's team philosopy is live and die by the 3 and let Howard get all the rebounds.  There's a reason why Pat Riley steppend in the coach role back in 2006 and didn't this year, because he knew that no matter what Van Gundy wasn't going to win the title.

I think we've all seen this before.

Step 1: Player says they love playing and will want to continue to play in Toronto/Cleveland/Denver/etc. as long as the team is committed to winning.

Step 2: Player blames local media stating that they're forcing me out by making me look like the bad guy (could've sworn this happen last month in Orlando).

Step 3: Player reiterates through the media that he loves everything about [INSERT_CITY_HERE] and wants to stay with [TEAM_NAME_HERE] long as they're competitive and everyone's goal is a championship and that the fanbase is behind the team.

Step 4: Player leaves.

Howard stating that Magic fans should stand by the team is something that I agree with.  I moved to Orlando in 2008, which happened to be the season that they made it to the Finals.  Before the playoffs started I couldn't find a Magic fan even if my life depended on it.  Once they made the conference finals, the city finally backed them up and everybody hopped on the bandwagon.  Everyone can say what they about Heat fans (I'll agree a vast majority of our fanbase consists of those that are "Lebron" fans or your typical bandwagon fans who are probably now fans of the Mavs), but Magic fans are no better.  I hope Howard leaves, and that the Magic start winning the NBA lottery every year.

Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 7:42 pm

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A lot of teams are going to push hard to get the best Center in the league, thats a given. But of course the teams gotta have $$$ to spend. It's going to be real hard to see Dwight leaving the Magic to go to the Nets which is a team that is still rebuilding either way. Yes Deron Williams being there is a serious advantage but i dont think its enought to persudae him out of Orlando. Its just tough to see him anywhere else other than in Orlando

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 7:19 pm

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This sounds like a big PR ploy to convince Williams that they have big plans.  I can't see Howard going anywhere, as he has said many times that he wants to play in Orlando and bring a championship there.  However, that is also what "Dung Boy" James said in Cleveland before breaking his promise.  Perhaps the Nets should find out who Howard's friends are and start collecting them.  I have no doubt that the Nets will become a contender, IF they are able to keep Williams.  However, if he signs elsewhere, then they are more screwed than the Cavs are, because they won't even have their first round picks to build around.  They never should have made that deal with Utah. Stupid!  Stupid!  Stupid!

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 7:16 pm

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Actually, I'm guessing that each team get's to write off one players salary against the salary cap. It would benefit alot of teams that have bloated contracts and since it would give every team more cap space it would help the players in free agancy because there would be that much more money.

Besides I wouldn't be surprised to see both Howard and Williams agree to take less money to make it work. Dwight's endoersment money in LA would dwarf his salary anyway. 

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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 7:13 pm
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Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 6:38 pm

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No surprise either here but wouldn't 25 other teams go hard after him too? I think he's staying in Orlando, he loves it there. The Nets should worry about "this" season not next when Howard becomes a free-agent because by then the Nets could be looking for a new PG as well. Oh well we all can't be the "Heat", "Boston" or "Lakers" of the NBA....I guess they need somebody to beat on. Thank you again Dallas!!!!!

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2011 6:36 pm

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I wouldn't be at all surprised to see LA somehow end up with Howard AND Williams. 
I"m guessing your going to assume the players will not only NOt give up any money of the pie, but to actually take more? Thats the only way I see Howard, Williams, and Kobe on the team. Hell the only way that would happen is if the new CBA has a clause in it that says, that the Lakers have to be in the NBA finals 2 out of every 5 years.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 5:57 pm

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It's no wonder the Magic will be one team pushing for the 1-player salary cap exemption. If the Magic can get Arenas salary off the cap look for them to try REALLY hard to get Derron Williams from the Nets. As a Magic fan I'd LMAO if instead of Dwight going to the Nets Williams goes to the Magic.

A big problem with the NBA model is that it's a league of the haves and have nots. It hurts the league when the fans of 25 teams know they have no chance in hell of winning it all....and they never will have that chance. Sadly other than Tim Duncan there is not a single player in this league that has any real loyalty to a small market team.

Sadly as a Magic fan I fully expect Dwight to pull another Shaq on the Magic. Talk up a big show about wanting to stay "If the fans really want me to". Then signing with LA and saying that the Magic and fans didn't really want him to stay. He's already said (paraphrasing), "We can win it all if the fans really get behind us and support us and the front office is commited to winning". So he's basically setting it up so he can blame management and the fans when the don't win a ring thus "justifying" him leaving the Magic. It's well within his right to do so but IMO it will still be a dikc move.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to see LA somehow end up with Howard AND Williams.    

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