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Report: Nets to make big trade offer for Dwight Howard

Nov 30, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

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New Jersey — soon to be Brooklyn — made a big move last year to get its first star in Deron Williams. Now owner Mikhail Prokhorov needs to get a second star and convince them both to stay.

How about Dwight Howard?

The Nets are going to make a big move to try and get the best center on the planet, reports Marc Stein and Chris Broussard at ESPN.

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. Absorbing Turkoglu’s remaining salary would become financially feasible for the Nets after the expected release of swingman Travis Outlaw through the amnesty clause that will be included in the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement and by including another smaller contract or two in the deal.

If the Magic are going to move Howard — and they would prefer not to, they would rather he sign an extension — picks and young players to rebuild around will be key, as will be shipping out one of their bad deals. In that sense this deal meets a lot of the criteria. Brook Lopez is a good young center, the Magic get a couple picks and they get rid of the horrid Turkoglu contract.

The other big offer the Magic likely will get will be from the Lakers and involve something like Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and picks for Howard and Turkoglu.

Orlando, if it moves Howard, will likely do so closer to the trade deadline. The Magic want to keep Howard and will try to show they can build a winner around him and try to get him to sign an extension. If that fails the Magic may move him closer to the trade deadline (expected to be in March, it is not yet set).

This is going to be a distraction for the Magic just as it was for the Nuggets with Carmelo Anthony last year.

  1. dirksimmons - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    So what’s the BIG trade offer?

  2. therealhtj - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Does it really matter? Comrade Ownervich has pretty much shown he’s only in this for the substantial business opportunities surrounding the new arena in Brooklyn, not really fielding a championship caliber team. No superstar is heading there, much less D12. An offer of Lopez and Draft Picks? Even Otis Smith ain’t that stupid. If the conversation doesn’t start with Deron Williams, Brooklyn ain’t happening. Smith’d be better off taking the cap space and draft picks by letting him go next summer in a S&T.

    • Josh Perez - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:26 PM

      Sadly I can’t agree with that. If he were only for the money be would bought an NFL team. Basketball rarely generated substantial income for the owners( keyword substantial) and a business man owner of the Nets would be happy enough by moving the team to Brooklyn, since it’s been proved that a team in a big market generates money regardless of how bad they are (who said Knicks?). He is looking around for possible deals to make the team better. I like his he is willing to remove Brooklyn Lopez off the untouchable zone. Even If this deal doesn’t gets done I feel this team is going to do better with an owner with such perspective.

      • Josh Perez - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:28 PM

        Sorry for the typos. My phone is autocorrecting.

  3. robertjamis - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comrade Ownervich?

    Comrade Ownervich is not dumb. Neither is Otis Smith. I doubt he gets an offer similar to what the Nets can throw at him. Brook Lopez, picks, and the opportunity to be free of Hedo Turkoglu is fairly substantial.

    Or he can take his chances on Andrew Bynum, who has one full season to his credit. He’s 24 with a 40 year old knee.

    • therealhtj - Nov 30, 2011 at 2:14 PM

      Read the last paragraph of this article http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/32102/what-kind-of-business-are-the-nets-in and get back to me whether Comrade Ownervich isn’t just in it for the money.

  4. deadeyedesign23 - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    sigh…I know I shouldn’t take the bait and get my hopes up, but what can I say? Bait is delicious.

    I’m looking forward to being dry humped for a few months before he lands with someone else.

  5. therealhtj - Nov 30, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Whole lotta net fans out there. Couldn’t tell from that empty arena most nights. Seriously Nets fans, if you were Orlando, what would you rather have, Cap Space or Brook Lopez and some mid-late first round draft picks? Yeah, me too.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:36 PM

      Clearly you’ve never tried to go to a game in Newark or East Rutherford.

      “Seriously Nets fans, if you were Orlando, what would you rather have, Cap Space or Brook Lopez and some mid-late first round draft picks? Yeah, me too.”

      I would rather have both, which is what this deal would give them considering Brook is making peanuts and the Nets are taking Hedo.

  6. hooks52 - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Odom’s with mavs

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