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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
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Posted by Ben Golliver

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The feeding frenzy for Superman is now officially in full effect.

ESPN.com 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 ESPN.com 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?
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

Who cares if Redick is in my starting five? So is one player that has already won the MVP and another that probably will soon. The Bulls would have the best point guard and center in the NBA. All Redick has to do is stand there and shoot, which he can do better than almost anyone. How can you stop an offense when Rose and Howard both command a double team? Multiple someones will be wide open virtually all the time. And if you want to talk about post defense, put Howard and Asik on the floor at the same time. Laugh about that all you want, but Asik is a defensive beast. The paint would be closed for business.



Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

And how would anyone beat a starting five of Rose, Howard, Deng, Gibson and Redick?

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Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

Not sure how you categorize the Nets as a small markert team, particularly after they move to Brooklyn.  They are in the NY market, but sufffer from being the 2nd team.  If they can win in Brooklyn, with their outspoken Russian majority owner and JZ being visible, they will jump to being a glamor team.  If Howard joins Williams you have a very strong starting base - the key will be to lock them up for a few years and I think they can do that in their soon to be home in Brooklyn.  Great move if they can pull it off, but I'm skeptical that Orlando can't do better.    



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:59 am
 

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

Howard and Redick for Joakim Noah,  Carlos Boozer, a first round pick (also a low one) and Kyle Korver.

the bulls also have a high 1st coming to them from Charlotte from the tyrus thomas trade. 

Noah-Booz-taj and or Asik + 2 1st's (1 lottery-1 low)

Thats is a pretty good deal for Orlando.  Better than Brook freaking Lopez.  A 7' Center that cant avg 7 boards a game.



Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:58 am
 

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

Thanks for the circus story and the context of your point. It's interesting how a team like the Timberwolves could completely turnaround their lot with a trade for Howard. The young players plus someone like Howard would turn them from a 10 win team to a playoff team. The NBA doesn't want to see that happen and structures things in a way that makes it unlikely to ever happen because Howard will generate more revenue playing for a middling team in a big market than playing in Minneapolis. After the lockout and all that, the circus itself rather than the Ringling Brothers themselves may serve as a better comparison to NBA though.



Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:44 am
 

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

The Nets have loads of cap space and will have even more if they proceed with waiving forward  via the amnesty clause, as is widely expected.

dont you think the Nets would use their Amnesty after acquiring Hedo??  i dont get it Ben??



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:29 am
 

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

Dwight Howard for Lopez, two first-round picks, and $35 million? That stinks. You move a franchise player for another franchise player or for a minimum of two starters. Which offer is better for the Magic:
Howard for Lopez, two picks in the first round (low picks) and $35 million; or
Howard and Redick for Joakim Noah,  Carlos Boozer, a first round pick (also a low one) and Kyle Korver.

And how would anyone beat a starting five of Rose, Howard, Deng, Gibson and Redick?



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:16 am
 

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

Might as well change their name to the Brooklyn-New Jersey Nuts, as in nutcases. Sure they will have cap space, but they really think they are going to re-sign him after giving up all those picks and everything? If the Lakers come calling, he's liable to answer.


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Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:58 am
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:30 am
 

Rumor: Nets to offer package for Dwight Howard?

IF Orlando is going to move Howard - this might be as good as it gets simply because the way the team in constructed - which is "badly".  Someone said that Chicago might offer Deng and Noah.... assuming Hedo was included, this would leave Orlando STILL over the cap with Nelson, Richardson, Deng, Bass and Noah.... um, anyone scared of that line up?   4 of those 5 guys make about $10 million per, so there is little chance they come in under the cap even if they have a fire sale for the rest of the team.

What the Nets have are draft picks, but more importantly, the cap space to take back a terrible contract (which won't look so terrible if it Williams, Sasha, Hedo, Howard, and who ever you get back in the trade for Humphries - maybe Glen Davis (okay, that might be a stretch, but since there are only about 20 Nets fans in the world, can you please just work with us for a moment?))

At any rate, we will see what happens.  I think Orlando is going to keep Howard - they have that shiny new arena and coming off of a lockout, they cannot afford a bunch of empty seats - not even for a little while.  They will keep Howard this year, hope they make a deep run and can convince him to stay. 


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