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Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:11 am
Edited on: November 30, 2011 1:41 am
Posted by Ben Golliver


The feeding frenzy for Superman is now officially in full effect. reports that the New Jersey Nets, having traded the house for All-Star point guard Deron Williams before last season's trade deadline, are preparing to make another bold move in an effort to acquire Orlando Magic center All-Star Dwight Howard.
The New Jersey Nets are prepared to offer a trade package featuring Brook Lopez and two future first-round picks to acquire Dwight Howard before the Orlando Magic center becomes a free agent in July 2012, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told this week that, to sweeten the proposal, New Jersey would likewise offer to take back the contract of Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu, who has three seasons left on his contract worth just under $35 million. 
The Nets have loads of cap space and will have even more if they proceed with waiving forward Travis Outlaw via the amnesty clause, as is widely expected. Their interest in Howard is obvious. He is by far the best center in the NBA, he is incredibly durable, he is a force on both ends, he is entering the prime of his career and he is a marketer's dream. His financial impact on a team like the Nets would be enormous. He averaged 22.9 points, 14.1 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals and shot 59.3 percent from the field last year. He should have been the league's MVP. He would make an excellent inside force for any point guard, let alone Williams, one of the game's best floor generals.

For the Magic, this is an interesting and not-totally-uncompelling opening offer for Howard, the type of package that hits all three major categories: a quality and proven young piece, major financial relief and draft pick building blocks. A similar trade package saw the Denver Nuggets send Carmelo Anthony and expensive point guard Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks for draft picks, younger players and cash.

The Magic are way over the salary cap and lack the ability to add truly meaningful pieces to a roster that lost in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and lacks a supporting star for Howard. This trade would bring in Lopez to fill the mammoth hole that will be left by Howard's departure, an impossible task, but Lopez, 23, averaged 20.8 points and 6.0 rebounds last season, so it could be worse. One complication: Lopez's deal expires after the 2011-2012 season and he will likely command a fair sum when it comes time for him to make a deal.

Any Howard trade will need to clear out Turkoglu too, as he is Orlando's second most ridiculous contract. The Magic would be set up pretty quickly for a post-Howard rebuilding by getting out of the $34 million guaranteed to Turkoglu through 2013-2014 and waiving guard Gilbert Arenas via the amnesty clause. None of the other contracts currently on their books are particularly outrageous and the Magic has no other major salary committments past 2012-2013 other than Turkoglu. The ground-up method is generally considered the best way to bounce back from a departure of a major superstar. This type of deal would get them there.

Still, the price the Magic will be able to command for Howard, assuming they relent in their effort to sign him to a contract extension and agree to pursue trade possibilities, should be significantly greater. That said, this isn't not the worst opening bid.

One thing is absolutely certain: many teams will look to top this reported offer in the coming months. And one major thing is uncertain: How would Howard feel about playing for a team that has gone a combined 104-224 in the last four seasons?

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:16 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

To be fair, as a Nets fan, I was initially excited to hear this news. However, reading a little more, I realized something: the Magic suffer from the same disease as do the Nets. A small market team in this case is at a disadvantage when it comes retaining a top flight player. The league's new CBA needs to achieve competitive balance. I am frankly sick of the Lakers and the Celtics. The Indiana Pacers against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals, or the Sacramento Kings versus the Utah Jazz resonates with me, because it shows that every team has an equal opportunity to achieve excellence. The current framework does not allow this. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul should be less free to move from their current teams.

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:16 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

One more thing, "He (Howard) should have been the league's MVP." While you may have a convincing argument to the fact. It's not what happened.  In fact if you go back to the voting it wasn't even close.  Drop it already and move on...

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:13 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

In the late 1800s a group of brothers (Ringling) got together and and created a circus called "The Ringling Brothers." In 1907 the brothers acquired "The Barnum and Bailey Circus", then combined the two circus acts into one 1919 and called it "The Greatest Show On Earth." The brothers also acquired railroad cars and parade equipment. The acquisition of the railroad cars allowed the brothers to bypass small towns with limited audiences and focus on cities with larger populations generating an enormous amount of money. Although the circus still remains active today after several changes in ownership it is no longer the greatest show. In 1946 a group of hockey arena owners created what is now known as the NBA from 1946 to present day the NBA has made sweeping changes and with the help of television and corporate sponsorship has became argueably one of "Greatest Shows On Earth." Just as the Ringling Bros' had people billed as having super-human talents, the NBA has a slew of monickers for its show: "Socks " – Elliot Perry (Because he always wore his socks to his knees) "3D" – Boris Diaw (After his jersey number, and his 3-Dimensional play), Dennis Scott (For his 3 point shooting ability) and Darryl Garvey (Double Double Darryl) "40 Blocks and 40 Humps" – Joakim Noah 
"A-Bano" – Vin Baker, "A-Bomb" – Andrew Bynum "The Admiral" – David Robinson (he played at Annapolis, and served in the United States Navy for two years after graduation before being allowed to play in the NBA) "Action Jackson" – Stephen Jackson (For his on and off court fights and confrontations) "Agent Zero" – Gilbert Arenas (zero is his jersey number) "A.I." – Allen Iverson (his initials) 
"AI2" – Andre Iguodala (his initials plus the two, since Allen Iverson is the original AI) "Air Canada" – Vince Carter (when he played for the Toronto Raptors) "Air Jordan" – Michael Jordan. It appears now that the NBA is heading down the same slippery-slope that felled the Ringling Brothers, deciding to by pass small cities to gain greater revenue from larger ones. History always repeats itself, its simply just a matter of time for the NBA. 

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:01 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

The Magic would use the clause to waive Turk-on-glue (because he's a stiff with a bad contract), but Arenas contact (and production) is far worse, so guaranteed they will use it on him, if anyone.  

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:45 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

I think what's really missed above all else in this article is how bad Brook Lopez actually is.  If you look at his ppg then just stop there I guess you could think that but then when you look just a little bit deeper you realize how bad he's been. The one glaring stat is 6.0 rpg. That's pretty amazing considering he plays 35.2 minutes per game and he's a center.  Landry Fields had more rpg then him in 4 less minutes per game.  Jason Thompson and Amir Johnson had more rebounds than him playing over 10 minutes less per game!  You think the Magic would want one of those players for Howard?  Granted Lopez scored 20 points a game but someone had to right?  Kris Humpheries averaged a double double on the Nets and are people rolling out the red carpet for him? 

Here a lil more proof from the Hollinger stats: (I highly suggest ESPN Insider, worth the $$ on deeper analysis
-Blocks shots but a bad defender. Can't guard floor-spacers at all. Won't rebound
-Poor passer out of double-teams. Takes bad shots. Overemphasizes drawing fouls.
-As the main scoring threat on a bad offensive team, Lopez created shockingly little for his teammates. He ranked 53rd of 67 centers in assist rate and, although he rarely turned the ball over, he forced countless shots into double-teams. Even more often, he would lunge into defenders on a face-up jumper in sort of a slow-motion rip move; this desperate bid to draw fouls failed far more often than it succeeded. He needs to develop better court sense and a drop-step counter to his right-hand dominant post game.
-Defensively, the dude was just worthless. Lopez blocked a decent number of shots, but he was 65th of 67 centers in defensive rebound rate, which is just completely inexcusable. His rebound rate has dropped sharply each of the past two seasons.

-In addition, his lack of mobility was a major burden on defense. He's a bad pick-and-roll defender, often leaving his guard hanging out to dry, and against a pick-and-pop center, he can't stay in the same zip code. Lopez also struggles to get back in transition. Partly as a result, Lopez had the worst defensive plus-minus of any Net, and it's not as if his backups were lock-down defenders.

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:32 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

All these possible signings/trades like Howard to NJ & Paul to NY could make me interested enough to check out a game or 2 this season.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:24 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

This is the problem with the NBA, it seems they are more worried about contracts then playing basketball. I want to watch a product on the court, but it comes down to what players are making in this league more then anything else. Orlando should be able to keep Howard, instead they have to trade him for a bag of balls or get nothing come July 2012.

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:26 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

Not even close to what the Bulls will offer. Certainly will include Noah and one of Deng or Boozer and young pieces like Asik or Gibson and picks....much better offer than that of NJ.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:08 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

Make the Deal Orlando!!!  It isn't going to get any better than this...

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:29 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

As I understand it the amnesty clause can only be used on a player that is already on your roster. As a result a traded Hedo would not qualify.

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