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Dwight Howard Trade: Center Joins Lakers As Part Of 4-Team Trade

The Dwight Howard saga has finally come to an end following a four-team trade reported Thursday that will send the center to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Brooklyn Nets were once considered Howard's top suitor and were on the brink of a deal several times this offseason before negotiations fell through.The trade is expected to be formally announced Friday.

The deal also sends Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson to the Philadelphia 76ers, and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. The Orlando Magic receiver Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic from the Sixers, Al Harrington and Arron Afflalo from the Nuggets, and a protected first round pick from each of the three other teams involved in the trade.

Nets fans have reason to be a bit disappointed, but a happy Brook Lopez isn't a bad consolation prize and it's impossible to say that the front office didn't do everything in could. At least fans around the NBA can finally be rid of the drama that has dominated the sports news cycle for two years.

Of course, if Howard chooses not to sign a long-term contract with the Lakers the Dwightmare could start all over again next summer.

For more on the Nets, please be sure to check out Nets Daily


Dwight Howard Rumors: Dwightmare Will Apparently Continue

Well, Brooklyn Nets fans you can apparently get ready to keep hearing speculation about Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard eventually winding up suiting up for the Nets. After a summer of trying, the Orlando Magic are now reportedly telling teams they may not trade the unhappy center at all.

ESPN's Chris Broussard reported the Magic, who have seemed unwilling or unable to pull the trigger on a Howard trade despite having been offered a multitude of deals -- many including several first-round draft picks -- may now wait until the February trade deadline to once again find a package for Howard they are willing to take. The Magic have rejected offers from Brooklyn, the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers.

That means the Magic will wait for players like Brook Lopez and other free agents who have signed this summer to become trade-eligible once again. That will increase the pool of players who might be available to Orlando. It will, however, drag the Dwightmare out for several more months and increase just about everyone's blood pressure.

Sheridan Hoops, in fact, is predicting that the entire 'Dwightmare' will run right into next summer.

Our source said new GM Rob Hennigan has decided that getting the best deal is the priority. That includes the possibility of bringing back Howard for a second season-long distraction, this time without the illusory hope of keeping him and further alienating their already dismayed fan base.

This is without doubt aggravating. It remains mystifying why Orlando management can't see that it needs to get a Howard deal done and begin rebuilding its franchise, rather than appearing unable to make a decision and paralyzed by Howard's own indecisveness.

The situation, though, is good news for Nets fans. It means the dream of teaming Howard with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson is alive. For now. Until Howard, or Magic management, or somebody actually proves able to make a decision.


Dwight Howard Aftermath, Winners And Losers: What They're Saying

A look around the Internet at some of the reaction to the Brooklyn Nets missing out -- for now -- on acquiring Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard


Brook Lopez Signing: Brooklyn Reportedly Agrees To 4-Year, $61-Million Max Deal With Lopez

The Brooklyn Nets have apparently given up on the Dwight Howard trade for the summer as they have reportedly re-signed center Brook Lopez to a max deal of four years and $61 million (via Adrian Wojnarowski). A fifth-year option is not reportedly part of the deal (via Sam Amick). Lopez is expected to sign the deal on Wednesday night. Once Lopez signs with the Nets, he won't be trade eligible until Jan. 15, 2013.

Lopez only played five games last season and averaged 19.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.8 blocks per game in 27.2 minutes per game. For his four-year career with the Nets, Lopez averages 17.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 blocks per game.

For more on the Nets, please be sure to check out our blog Nets Daily and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates from around the league.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors 2012: Nets Ruled Out Barring 'Something Crazy,' Magic Suspending Discussions

The Orlando Magic have told Dwight Howard they have decided to suspend discussions focused on trading the All-Star center in order to spend more time on their head coaching search, according to a report from Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.

This latest update should especially impact the Brooklyn Nets, who would have needed to acquire Howard soon because of Brook Lopez' uncertain status as a restricted free agent.

Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reports that barring unforeseen circumstances, the Nets have already been ruled out of the Howard sweepstakes.

For their part, ESPN reports that the Nets say they have "moved on."

"We've moved on. It just got to a point where we couldn't keep going back and forth with Orlando. They had about 14 days to do something and didn't. We just had to move on, and we felt that way this morning," a Nets source told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian O'Connor.

If true, that should lead to the Nets giving up on their pursuit of Howard and deciding to sign Lopez to a long-term deal. The Nets have spent the last several months trying to build a package strong enough to convince the Magic to give them Howard, but the Magic have apparently decided to wait on other options.

For more on the Nets, please be sure to check out our blog Nets Daily and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates from around the league.


Brook Lopez Reportedly Gets Offer From Brooklyn Nets

It seems like now or never for the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic to consummate a long-bandied about trade to send superstar center Dwight Howard from Orlando to Brooklyn. Multiple sources are reporting that the Nets have offered center Brook Lopez, an essential part of a trade with the Magic, a four-year, $58-million max contract.

The New York Daily News explains the situation as it now stands:

If Lopez re-signs with the Nets and doesn't agree to a sign and trade, it would kill any deal for Howard until at least Dec. 15 (when players can be traded after signing contracts in the offseason), or maybe forever (if Howard is dealt elsewhere).

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports says a Howard to the Nets deal has to happen today, writing "There's a window, but it's closing fast."

Complicating the situation even further, Lopez reportedly has offer sheets from two other teams, believed to be the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats.

Dwight Howard Trade Rumors 2012: Brook Lopez Could Sign Offer Sheet, Kill Brooklyn Nets' Howard Hopes

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is considering whether to sign an offer sheet with an unnamed rival team and has the power to kill any potential Dwight Howard trade to the Nets, according to the New York Times.

Howard Beck reports that Lopez has an offer sheet on the table, and is pondering whether to sign it. If he signs an offer sheet with another team Lopez will no longer be able to be traded, which would kill Brooklyn's hopes of landing Howard -- or at least postpone them until Dec. 15, the day when new signees can be dealt.

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It's believed that his offer sheet must be from the Charlotte Bobcats, Portland Trail Blazers or Dallas Mavericks, who all have cap space to pursue the Nets' restricted free agent.

Looking to keep Lopez from squashing a potential Howard deal, the Nets have already guaranteed him that they will offer him four years at a max level, Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday. The Nets are the only team that can offer Lopez a five-year deal for the max.

For more on the Nets, please be sure to check out our blog Nets Daily and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates from around the league.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors 2012: Nets Will Either Land Howard Or Move On Wednesday

Apparently Wednesday will be the day of reckoning in the Dwight Howard saga for the Brooklyn Nets.

According to ESPN's Ric Bucher, the Nets are prepared to move on if they cannot make a trade for the Orlando Magic superstar center by the end of Wednesday. Bucher wrote that the Nets hope to have a resolution by 6 p.m. ET.

The Nets, of course, have been pursuing Howard since last season in hopes of teaming him with Deron Williams as the team moves from New Jersey to Brooklyn.

Here is part of Bucher's report on ESPN:

The Nets are convinced the chance of making a deal for Howard will be undermined as teams sign free agents and eliminate their flexibility to be trade partners in providing the draft picks, salary-cap room and young talent the Magic are seeking for their disgruntled All-Star center.

There are rising fears within the Nets, sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein, that the Portland Trail Blazers will come after [Brook] Lopez -- a restricted free agent -- as their next frontcourt target after a bid to sign fellow restricted free agent Roy Hibbert away from Indiana has been foiled by the Pacers, who have matched the four-year offer to Hibbert worth nearly $60 million that Portland had intended to offer but ultimately decided against.

For more on the Nets, please be sure to check out our blog Nets Daily and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates from around the league.


Brooklyn Nets 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Dwight Howard Trade

Dwight Howard will end Tuesday the same way he began the day -- as a member of the Orlando Magic. When it comes to this summer's version of the 'Dwightmare' that hardly means nothing happened.

The Cleveland Cavaliers bailed on trade talks, and other NBA teams -- most notably the Los Angeles Lakers -- are apparently back in the picture.

Through it all, Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports that the Brooklyn Nets -- the only team Howard says he will sign a long-term contract with -- remain "cautiously optimistic" that they will be able to bring the superstar center to Brooklyn, teaming with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson.

Amick writes:

While the Magic continue talks with several teams about the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, sources say the Nets remain cautiously optimistic that they will be able to acquire Howard in a two-team scenario. By offering as many as five first-round draft picks in a potential package, Brooklyn -- which already has Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace in the fold -- is hopeful that it can land Howard by knowing what interests new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan above all else.

The former Oklahoma City executive is looking to build through the draft in much the same way that the Thunder did during his time there and has been prioritizing picks in this process.

In the meantime the Nets are negotiating a contract extension with Brook Lopez as a backup plan.

So, nothing really changed but plenty certainly happened. Tune in again Wednesday for a new edition of the 'Dwightmare.'


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors 2012: Cavaliers Complicate Deal By Dropping Out -- Report

Dwight Howard trade talks between the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic hit a snag on Tuesday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Wojnarowski reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers have dropped out as a potential trading partner to help facilitate a deal sending Howard to Brooklyn, and that the Magic and Nets might need to make a two-team trade if they wish to reach a deal in the near-term. That could spell trouble for the Nets, whose offer for Howard is expected to need at least one more team as a facilitator.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Bobcats have also been rumored as potential candidates to become third-parties used to help the deal, but it's unclear whether either of those teams still have interest.

ESPN's Marc Stein reported earlier Tuesday that NBA general managers are becoming hesitant about helping Howard land in Brooklyn because they don't want to help the Nets become a "super team."

For more on the Nets, please be sure to visit our blog Nets Daily for all the latest news and updates along with SB Nation New York.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors, Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Dwight Howard is still not a member of the Brooklyn Nets as of Tuesday morning. The rumors keep swirling around the Orlando Magic center, and the expectations keep building, as the Nets and Magic try to work out an incredibly complicated, extremely fragile trade that multiple reports indicate could involve four teams and a double-digit number of players.

Let's take a look around the Inter-Google and see who is saying what about the potential blockbuster trade that could change the NBA landscape.

Dwight Howard’s Interest In Nets Signals New Era - NYTimes.com
Eleven days ago, Dwight Howard sat across from the Orlando Magic’s top basketball executive and demanded a trade to the Nets.

At that moment, the N.B.A. landscape forever changed. The Nets were no longer a punch line, but a destination, their sad-sack existence in the New Jersey swamp no longer a burden, but a quaint chapter for the history books.

The Nets are bound for Brooklyn and a newfound respectability. Deron Williams, one of the league’s top point guards, elected to stay, planting his flag at the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. Joe Johnson, a six-time All-Star, is on his way.

Dwight Howard, the best center of his generation, might be next.

Dwight Howard trade still not completed as Brooklyn Nets search for ways to make it work - NY Daily News
A Nets source cautioned that the team was "not close" to making a deal with the Magic amid several reports that the teams were moving toward a blockbuster trade now involving four clubs.

Williams not caught up in Howard trade talk - Yahoo! Sports
''There's been a lot of rumors over the last year as far as he's concerned, so early on I concerned myself with it, but lately just let it play out and whatever happens, happens,'' Williams said Monday at training camp for the latest Olympic team. ''I think we'll have a good team without him, I think we'd have an even better team with him.''

Progress is slow in blockbuster trade talks involving Cavs - Top Stories - Ohio
One source with knowledge of the negotiations said the deal was far from being completed and plenty of stumbling blocks on the Cavs’ end remain.

The biggest of which is Humphries, who is the hinge to the entire deal.

The Nets need to find a place to park his salary to make the trade work. With more than $20 million in cap space, the Cavs are a logical fit. They were heavily involved with trade talks between the Nets and Magic regarding Howard around the trade deadline last season, but the negotiations crumbled when Howard waived his Early Termination Option and agreed to remain in Orlando through this coming season.

Hawks watch closely as Nets, Magic discuss trade for Howard | ajc.com

Charlotte Bobcats might get Kris Humphries in complex deal | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

What will Dwight Howard legacy be in Orlando? - Orlando Sentinel

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Basketball - NBA: Magic lose big if Howard-to-Nets trade goes through

Dwight Howard trade: The Orlando Magic could be close to trading Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets - Orlando Sentinel


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Yahoo! Sports Offers Proposed Details

More and more information about the potential Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets trade is trickling. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the latest, revealing that the deal in its current form could contain more than 10 players and possibly involve four teams.

Wojnarowski's explanation of where things stand:

In the proposed deal, Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark would be sent to Brooklyn, and the Magic would receive the Nets' Brook Lopez, Damion James, Sheldon Williams, Cleveland's Luke Walton and three future first-round picks, sources said. Cleveland would receive Orlando's Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn's Sundiata Gaines, Kris Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Brooklyn also would send Brooks to a fourth team to get them an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic.

Talks between the Magic and Nets remain fluid with some of the deal's parts moving in and out based on different scenarios. One proposed hangup to a trade: Humphries would be against taking a one-year contract with the Cavs, instead seeking a four-year deal, a league source told Y! Sports' Marc Spears.

There had been reports over the weekend that the Magic would be willing to wait until the middle of the 2012-13 NBA season, when they might find a more palatable offer, to trade Howard. Wojnarowski indicates that is not the case, however, writing that "the Magic want to find the best possible deal for Howard soon and cut ties with him."

There will, undoubtedly, be more twists and turns along the way. It seems more and more likely at this point, however, that -- sooner or later -- the Nets will find a way to team Howard with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. That, you have to admit, would be one heckuva troika of players to move to the brand-new Barclays Center with.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Deal To Brooklyn Nets Unlikely Monday

Brooklyn Nets fans, you can stop checking Twitter or refreshing your search for Dwight Howard trade rumors every five minutes or so. At least for today. According to reports like the one below from Alan Hahn a deal sending the Orlando Magic superstar to the Nets is not likely to happen. Today, anway.

The key to any deal apparently remains getting forward Kris Humphries to accept a sign-and-trade to Cleveland, something that would apparently require Cleveland being willing to not only take Humphries, but sign him to a long-term deal.

This deal could still happen, but it is complicated and could involve as many as 11 players shuttling between three teams.

So, the Dwight Howard saga again has Nets fans on pins and needles. My only advice to them is, find a way to get comfortable because this ride is a long way from being over.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors 2012: Howard Deal Getting Help From Cleveland

With this Dwight Howard story, you never can tell what's about to happen. However, it seems the story might be closer to reaching a conclusion that Brooklyn Nets fans would be very happy about.

Per Ken Berger at CBSSports.com, the Nets and Orlando Magic have "made progress" on a deal for the superstar center. The Cleveland Cavaliers would be the third party, taking power forward Kris Humphries from the Nets.

The Cavs would take Humphries in a sign-and-trade deal, but they would also want MarShon Brooks and perhaps some draft picks for helping Brooklyn's cause.

Berger wrote that there is "significant work left to be done" before a trade is completed. One potential fly in the ointment is Humphries having to agree to a deal sending him to the Cavaliers.

Despite the obstacles Berger wrote that Brooklyn is now the "most likely landing spot for Howard in a trade."Howard, of course, has been insistent that the Nets are the only team with whom he is willing to sign a long-term deal.

For more on the Nets, please be sure to check out our blog Nets Daily and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors 2012: Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic Likely To Table Discussions Until December If No Deal Reached This Week

The Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic have continued talks about a possible Dwight Howard trade, but might have a self-imposed deadline of sorts arriving shortly.

Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports that if the Nets and Magic don't reach a deal within the next week, the two teams are likely to table discussions until after Dec. 15. That date is a significant one because it marks the day free agents who are signed this summer can be included in deals, which would lead to a wider possibility of proposals.

The Nets are likely to offer a package of multiple first-round picks, Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks for Howard. A third team would likely need to be included in the deal because the Magic are reported to have little interest in Humphries.

The Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks are all expected to compete with Brooklyn for Howard's services.

For more on the Nets, please be sure to visit our blog Nets Daily for all the latest news and updates.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: 3-Team Deal Involving Kris Humphries Key To Nets-Magic Deal, Says Sources

For now, the New Jersey Nets and Orlando Magic have resumed talks about trying to put together a blockbuster trade for center Dwight Howard. A deal, however, is far from being completed as many kinks need to be worked out, including this doozy involving a mid-level Nets' player:

According to Yahoo! Sports'Adrian Wojnarowski, a league source says the key to the Nets acquiring Howard is the contract of forward Kris Humphries, who's now become one of the key pieces in a possible bluckbuster deal. For talks to continue, says Wojnarowski, a third team will need to get into the mix and be willing to sign-and-trade him.

In December, Humphries resigned with the Nets and is currently making between $7-8 million. Whether a team besides Brooklyn is willing to pay Humphries that much cash will be interesting.

For more on the Nets, please be sure to check out our blog Nets Daily and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Nets, Magic Discussing Blockbuster Trade

Just hours after agreeing to a trade for Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson and being counted out of the Dwight Howard sweepstakes and while waiting to hear if point guard Deron Williams will stay with the team, the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic are discussing a deal for the All Star center.

In the proposed swap, the Nets would send Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and their first round picks in 2013, 2015 and 2017 to Orlando in return for Howard and the bloated contract of Hedo Turkoglu, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

Before the Johnson deal, the Nets could absorb both deals without matching contracts, but would now use the re-signed Lopez and Humphries (they can go over the cap to sign their own players) to make the trade work.

The reason the Nets can only offer first round picks every other season is because the league does not allow for a team to ship off picks for back-to-back drafts.

Pairing Howard with Williams and Johnson would immediate catapult Brooklyn to the top of the Eastern Conference along with the Miami Heat.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors 2012: Nets Reportedly Still 'In The Hunt' For Howard

Despite earlier reports that Dwight Howard "blew it in March" when he waived his opt-out clause with the Orlando Magic and that the Brooklyn Nets were no longer pursuing a trade for the superstar center, at least one NBA insider thinks a deal could still happen this summer.

Chris Sheridan reported Monday evening that the Nets "remain very much in the hunt" for Howard.Wrote Sheridan:

The goal is to have a Big Three of Deron Williams, Dwight Howard and Johnson, and it remains doable if the Magic are willing to play ball, a league source tells SheridanHoops.com.

Orlando would have to accept a package of Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks and multiple future first-round draft picks, and the Howard deal would take the form of a massive sign-and-trade.

Howard, of course, has been insistent that the Nets are the only team with whom he will sign a long-term contract. Since Howard waived his opt out, however, the Magic will have to "play ball" to make it happen. Unless suitors like the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks back out of the Howard sweepstakes, Orlando certainly does not have to cave to Howard's wishes.

If the Magic do, however, pairing Howard, Williams and Johnson would be a dream scenario for the Nets as they move into the new Barclays Center and start a new chapter of their franchise history in Brooklyn.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Brooklyn Nets Moving On After Magic Refuse To Talk, According To Report

The Brooklyn Nets were the "one team" on Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard's list he said he would sign a long-term contract with.

However, it appears that will have to wait until Howard is a free agent following the 2012-13 season. The Nets have reportedly decided to move on from trying to acquire Howard. In fact, a source says that Howard "blew it in March" when he waived his opt-out clause last March (via Chris Broussard's Twitter). The Nets did want to talk with the Magic about trading for Howard, but Orlando did not want to talk to the Nets (via Broussard's Twitter).

Deron Williams is reportedly meeting with the Nets on Monday evening as the team tries to make its pitch to get him to re-sign. Brooklyn reportedly acquired Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson on Monday in a trade.

For more on the Nets, please be sure to check out our blog Nets Daily and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.


Nets Free Agency 2012: Dwight Howard Has Only One Team On List

Dwight Howard changes his answers more than a magic 8-ball. For now, Howard says he only has one team on his list of preferred destinations; the Brooklyn Nets.

In an interview with Yahoo, Howard laid out his future plans, saying '"there's only one team" he will sign with long-term.

"There’s only one team on my list and if I don’t get traded there, I'll play the season out and explore my free agency after that," Howard said.

Orlando GM Rob Hennigan tweeted today that the team in question is indeed the Brooklyn Nets.

All of this could really help the Nets keep Deron Williams in town long-term. After signing Gerald Wallace on Sunday, Brooklyn might have a future if it can retain its free agent point guard and somehow acquire Howard.

The tricky part is whether or not Brooklyn has the pieces to get a deal done. Orlando might balk at any offer that isn't substantial and trade Howard to a team that's willing to take a rental, like the Houston Rockets or Golden State Warriors.

Of course, Howard says he'll be a Net one way or the other. This is good news for Brooklyn and perhaps the tipping point for Williams to re-sign.

For more on the Nets, please be sure to check out our blog Nets Daily and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Report -- Magic 'Seriously Considering' Offers

Could it be that the Orlando Magic have finally decided that they have to part ways with superstar center Dwight Howard? Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported overnight that the Magic have begun "seriously considering" offers for Howard. [via HOOPSWORLD]

Wojnarowski wrote that "The Magic reached out to teams Saturday and told them that they'll discuss proposals about moving Howard."

The Nets, of course, have targeted Howard for months now as they prepare to move into the Barclays Center and begin their first season in Brooklyn.

The Nets have been busy this weekend. Brooklyn has been rumored to have been involved in trade talks for several high-profile players, including Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks and Luis Scola of the Houston Rockets. Star free agent point guard Deron Williams is also reportedly going to meet with both the Nets and Dallas Mavericks on Monday, and there have been reports that Jason Kidd will play wherever Williams plays.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors 2012: Rockets Could Be Nets' Competition

The Brooklyn Nets want Dwight Howard, and Mr. Howard would certainly love to help open up the Barclays Center come the 2012-13 NBA Season. Unfortunately for both parties, Howard isn't a free agent and the Orlando Magic can send him wherever they like.

Enter the Houston Rockets, who according to ESPN.com are aggressively trying to trade up in the NBA Draft to put together a package for Howard. The deal would consist of two top-10 picks in Thursday's draft along with other unknown pieces.

It's a dangerous gamble by Houston, which doesn't have Howard saying he would sign off on a long-term extension there. However, that could be a move which would get some free agents in the building; perhaps, then, Howard would be enticed to stay a bit longer.

The Nets desperately need someone to come in and help give the team direction for the first time since Jason Kidd did almost a decade ago. Deron Williams can walk away this summer via free agency and beyond him the roster is full of a group of unknowns.

It might be time for Brooklyn to get very creative.

For more on the Nets, please be sure to check out our blog Nets Daily and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors 2012: Now He Wants To Stay In Orlando?

This week Dwight Howard apparently loves Orlando and wants to stay with the Orlando Magic.

That word comes from an Orlando TV station via the Dallas News.

The report said the Magic center is “bothered by the hit his image has taken since this season’s trade rumors and problems with Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy.”

Howard, of course, has been a target of the now-Brooklyn Nets since the beginning of last season. The Nets would like to pair him with point guard Deron Williams as part of a superstar tandem as they open their tenure at thre Barclays Center.


I don’t know what to make of Howard. He could not make up his mind during the season what he wanted. Then he gave up his right to opt out of his contract this offseason and become a free agent. Then came the Van Gundy controversy, followed by word that Howard regretted waiving the opt out and did want a trade.

Now this. All I can conclude is that Howard is a very large diva who simply can’t make up his mind what he wants.

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