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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 6:45 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

Can Howard leave after one season. He said he did not want to play in NY. Why in the world would he want to play for the Nets.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:32 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

...Its a team game, we've seen what happens when theres 2-3 players on same team playing one on one
Yeah, you easily make it to the NBA Finals with a legitimate shot to win it.

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:24 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

If I was running Orlando, I'd do it in a heartbeat...Howard is going to leave anyways....Lopez and 2 1st round picks, gotta do it....Lock up Lopez....Fill in around him.....Building a young foundation is the way to go...Its a team game, we've seen what happens when theres 2-3 players on same team playing one on one...

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:51 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

I don't know the specifics of the Outlaw deal but I am thinking that if this trade goes down, why not use the clause and waive Hedo?  I am sure they must wait some period of time after a trade to do so but if I recall (don't quote me on this) the Outlaw deal was a 5 year deal for the full mid-level which was about $35 so they would still have him on the books for 4 more years at about $28 million.  Hedo will make more money (according to the article) over that period and at a higher average yearly salary, plus he stinks and is getting worse as he ages.  Travis Outlaw is no stud by any means but at least he is younger and cheaper.  As I said, I don't fully get the amnesty clause, there seems to be a lot to it but if this goes down why not try to jettison Hedo Turkoglu.

Either way, if this goes down and they lock up both Howard and Williams long term that leaves only Chris Paul's name out there as major names looking to change locals!  Of course Knick fan already has him on their roster, its just a matter of time, just ask him, so I guess there will be no other major names moving any time soon and we can stop earing about where those two are going!  The Brooklyn Nets will be set at the 1 and the 5, I guess they would need to re-sign Kris Kardashian to start at the 4 and piece together guys at the 2 and 3 because their roster is full of scrubs, Outlaw, Marrow, Farmar, yikes.  If this goes down and they do this though I would expect them to try to make another move to fill in the holes and at least for Brooklyn fans they will have a team owner that is willing to spend to put a winner on the court.

Didn't I read some article on this site a few hours ago about how the Lakers were going to try to get both Paul and Howard?

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:05 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

If I was the Magic, I would trade Howard in a heart beat. He's not clutch. He's not a go to player at the end of a game, when it's really needed and he can't shoot free throws. So, if your team is in the market for a non-clutch, crotch grabbing, 3 1/2 quarter player, Dwight Howard is your guy. Does anybody pay attention to the NBA playoffs, you know, when the spotlight becomes brighter and the super-stars shine (Jordan, Olajuwon, Bird, Magic) and the over-paid, over-hyped, duds fizzle out (LeBrick James, Dwight Howard)?

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:34 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

Pretty good deal if you ask me.  Only because he's leaving anyway.  It would be horrible if he was staying.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:14 am

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

Do the deal Orlando Magic because no matter what Dwight Howard will leave little Orlando and their little fan base for sure and this deal an't that bad.

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