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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: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:34 am

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

the best team in New York and always will be the New York Knicks

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:32 am

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

It's cool to see Howard wants to establish his own legacy and go to the Nets over the Lakers but I still think Chicago would be the better local for him.

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:54 am

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

I assume Stern will veto Dwight to the Nets trade now that he set the precedent with the Lakers/Hornets/Rockets trade.

Dwight said he wants to go to the Nets, and players can't dictate where they get traded.

Stupid Stern abusing his power.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:17 am

Report: Nets are top choice for Dwight Howard?

I hope they do it. That will show who's the best team in new york. Of course wants the nets moves over.

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