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.