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Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:25 am
Posted by Ben Golliver


Earlier this week, word surfaced that the New Jersey Nets were preparing your classic "young piece / financial relief / draft picks" package in an attempt to swing a deal for Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard. The Nets have been kind of a running punchline for the last few years, so the offer was seen merely as an opening salvo in what could potentially be a long and complicated trade process.

But reported on Thursday that this isn't necessarily a one-way street of interest. Indeed, the site reported that Howard "is expected to ask the Magic to trade him to New Jersey" as the Nets "have emerged as his No. 1 choice."

The benefits for Orlando are clear. They can toss in Hedo Turkoglu's terrible contract, amnesty Gilbert Arenas and begin work on crafting their future. New Jersey can toss in cash, picks and all the other accoutrements to make the bitter pill of trading Howard go down a bit easier. 

New Jersey's motivations are equally transparent. Landing Howard not only gives them one of the league's top-2 players, but it serves as the perfect hook for keeping All-Star point guard and impending free agent Deron Williams in town. Pairing Williams and Howard would give the Nets arguably the best inside-out pair in the game. Williams is 27-years-old and Howard is 26-years-old, so the Nets would figure to be strong title contenders for the next four years, minimum.

This all comes down to Howard and his motivations. He hasn't made extensive public comments to this point so it's not easy to gauge where he stands or what's most important to him, other than the obvious desire to win a title. In New Jersey, he would be the immediate face of the franchise and he would soon be in Brooklyn, adjacent to the media center of the universe and right in the middle of all the fame he can handle. The Nets, given their cap situation, would have a fair degree of flexibility in building around Williams and Howard, so he wouldn't be stuck in a capped-out situation like he is in Orlando, at least not immediately. He would figure to have solid input in helping New Jersey build around him, as the Nets surely would want to avoid the Magic's mistakes.

If Howard's heart is truly set on landing in New Jersey there's an excellent chance it could happen, especially now that chaos reigns over the Los Angeles Lakers, arguably his strongest other suitor. But that still remains an "if" until we hear from Howard personally or from the Magic, in the form of a completed trade.

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:52 pm

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

Brooklyn is the most popular area of NY with 3.5 Million people but they will never transplant the Knicks as #1. Right now its the Knicks and NJ Nets are like night and day with fans. The move to Brooklyn will make it like Yankees-Mets. When the Mets win they attract over 3 million fans per year and have a huge fan base. The Yankees will always have more fans overall. But despite what people think from outside NY its really 60-40 Yankees in NY and not more. In the 1980's the Mets owned NY and the Yankees hardly drew fans. It will be the same in basketball. The Knicks have the tradition and thus will be the main team until the Nets could create a small dynasty and even then it will be 60-40 Knicks in NY.

Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:17 pm

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

Definitely not true. Brooklyn is the most popular area of NY. Add a ring in the next few years before the Knicks & They will be #1.
Knicks are so popular because they were the only option.
Anyone 38 yrs or younger have not seen the Knicks win a championship. Anyone not over 45 probably do not remember the Knicks remember the Knicks winning in 1973
Spike Lee will support both
Jay-Z will support Nets & help usher in younger fans who might be now getting into Basketball.
Dwight Howard, being in multiple dunk contests, doing commercials & being entertaining in the media will also attract more people than Carmelo & Amare.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:01 am

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

It's easy. The Nets are moving to Brooklyn, Once they do, they become - with two superstar players in D-Will and Howard - a major New York market team with an owner willing to invest unlimited resources to build a winner. You don't have to play in Manhattan to get New York exposure and recignition. Just ask the family of another owner of a New York team who succeeded with similar asperations. That team plays in the Bronx.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:31 am

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

Not a big BB fan, but with all of DH's entertainment aspirations and his desire to go west....the nets? Seriously? Please BB sages, explain this to a so-so BB fan.

The nets?Undecided

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:29 am

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

I still think they can get a better deal from the Chicago Bulls, and it would be an ideal place for Howard. Trade Noah, Gibson, Deng and draft picks for Howard and Turkoglu.

A lineup of Rose, Howard, Boozer, Turk, Bogans would not be too shabby, and you still would have Watson, Asik, Korver, Butler coming off the bench. If someone like Jason Richardson wants to come on a MLE that would be good as well......I can dream can't I?

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:09 am

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

Knicks will be more popular until the Nets establish themselves in Brooklyn.  Then it's all over for the Knicks and their horrible ownership. 

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:40 am

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

the nets will always be number 2 in ny  even if they win a title

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:14 am

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

 It's a good thing Howard can play basketball because the only job in NY he could get otherwise is a doorman at the Hilton.   

Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:06 am

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

as a transp;anted new yorker-a brooklynite at that- i've had the plesure of watching dwights development here in orlando. while i'm going to miss him, i can't think of a better place for him to go. in a city filled with stars in every sport he will stand out as the best of the best. he'll own new york.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:27 am

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

its  to late now.
I guess the owners should have made a hard salary cap

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