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Report: Dwight Howard wants to be traded to Nets

Dec 9, 2011, 1:21 AM EDT

Dwight Howard Brook Lopez AP

We can only speculate if David Stern stepping in at the behest of the owners to nix the Chris Paul trade had anything to do with it, but apparently Dwight Howard isn’t thinking Lakers.

He’s thinking Brooklyn New Jersey Nets. He’s thinking Deron Williams.

Howard wants to be traded to the Nets and will tell the Magic this, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN.

Dwight Howard is preparing to ask the Orlando Magic to trade him to the New Jersey Nets, according to sources close to the situation. Howard’s representatives have told the Nets that they are his preferred destination….

As reported last week, the Nets are ready to offer the Magic a package built around center Brook Lopez and two first-round draft picks, New Jersey’s own and one the Nets acquired from Houston in a previous trade, according to sources. If necessary, New Jersey is also willing to take back Hedo Turkoglu and the three years, $34 million remaining on his deal.

The past few days there has been little movement on the Howard trade front as he did not tell the Magic his plans, so they ramped up efforts to get another star player and keep Howard in Orlando. If Howard goes up to GM Otis Smith and says he will not sign a new deal with the team, Smith will have no choice but to move him.

But would the Lakers have a better offer than the Nets? The Lakers would have a deal that is essentially Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom for Howard and Turkoglu. That gives the Magic Bynum — who most people around the league prefer to Lopez because Bynum has a higher ceiling — and helps take a bad contract off the Magic’s books.

But after what the league did with Chris Paul, can the Magic deal with the Lakers or are they gun-shy.

Howard is in a very different situation than Paul (even if he wanted to go to the Lakers). For one, Orlando has an owner. It’s easy for Dan Gilbert, Mark Cuban and other owners to say the league-owned Hornets should not deal with the Lakers, but if the same owners tried to say something about an Orlando trade with the Lakers the Magic ownership could and would fight back.

What is more, you could not kill the Howard/Bynum deal on basketball grounds because the Nets do not have a better offer. You can debate which one is better and make a case for the Nets, but nobody sane would argue the Lakers is a much worse trade. (Then again, they might say the same thing about the Paul to Lakers trade and it got axed.)

If Howard wants to go to the Nets to team with Deron Williams and be in Brooklyn next year, there is some logic to that. Big market, owner with deep pockets who wants to win. If that is the only place he will sign to remain the Nets have no choice (nobody is going to trade big assets in the hope Howard stays).

The Chris Paul situation shouldn’t impact the Dwight Howard trade scenario. Shouldn’t. But after the league used a hammer on the Los Angeles Lakers, which may well make teams gun-shy.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Dwight, please come to Philly.

  2. nightrain42 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    Make up ur mind D12. The bad part is the Lakers can give them a better offer. Lets c the NBA reject this one

    • andre504 - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:11 AM

      The NBA cant reject this one because the NETS and the MAGIC are not owned by the NBA! Many people are crying about the CP3 trade but that is a unique scenario.

  3. jizzojames - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    If the Nets hold on to Kris Humphries and add a decent 2 or 3, in a couple years time the Nets could be back to playoff contention. I hope this trade happens.

    • cidminion - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      First off he is still Kris Kardashian til the divorce is finalized and secondly did you actually make this guy a cornerstone of the Nets franchise? I hope you just played games on 2k12 and didnt make trades.

  4. hoytdadd64 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    If he’s tries to go any where but a bad team the puppet Stern will have to kill the deal, here’s a link to send the league office an email if you’re not happy with Stern being the small market bad owner savior….

  5. verytalldad - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    Who can believe a word Chris Broussard says.

    He just claimed that the league could block this trade too, which is ridiculous.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:59 AM

      The Paul trade was blocked for no good reason, why not this one?

      • verytalldad - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:09 AM

        The league owns the hornets, so they can do what they want. They dont own the Nets/Magic.

        Its SternBA if they veto anything

      • Josh Perez - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:43 AM

        They can’t block this one cause is two self-owned franchises negotiating their own assets and resources.

  6. dirtybird2020 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    Bulls have the most to offer, take any 3 players minus rose and the bulls will take one of your bad contracts, thest deal out there, youd get noah, deng, and brewer/gibson/asik, thats the best deal id say, but we will see

    • heat256 - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM

      Probably true, and I’d actually be interested to see that team play together.

  7. topher1215 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    How are they getting this info from Orlando? After the Ric Bucher incident Howard hasn’t let anyone from ESPN into his circle.

  8. girlsinthesouthlovefootball - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Don’t like it. Don’t like any of it. This whole trade season is as corrupt as corrupt can be. For some reason this doesn’t seem right. I smell corruption, and it doesnt smell good.

  9. mjagosports511 - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    and with this…my faith in basketball and all i loved about it goes with him

  10. gtizzo - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    I’m convinced when ESPN doesn’t know they just make it up the way they want it. What does Orlando get out of a Howard/Bynum trade? Bynum is injury prone, lacks consistency, and maturity. He also won’t sign a long term deal in Orlando, which if the magic have any brains is something they would look for in a Howard deal. If there was one news outlet I wish had to reveal there “sources” it would be ESPN. They can find a source to tell them what ever they want to hear.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:22 AM

      Bynum just signed a new deal with the Lakers and would have two years $31 million left on it.

      • gtizzo - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:29 AM

        He would never show up in Orlando…matter of fact I doubt he would leave LA. 2 years is hardly long term.

  11. lakerade - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:42 AM

    I bet Jerry Buss is super glad he agreed to share revenue with smaller markets, since now he gets to give away money that his shrewd business practices earned him to other owners whose best front-office move is to submarine a trade that actually made sense for a New Orleans franchise that loses Paul anyway, all because they are afraid of another “Big 3” scenario, which btw made the league more popular than it’s been in years.

  12. david8726 - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:18 AM

    I’m confused here – You seem to be suggesting that the league would have some ability to block a potential trade to the Lakers, too.

    How? On what grounds? The Magic have an owner. They are free to trade with whoever they want, are they not?

    The league abused it’s power and stopped the Paul trade because they own the Hornets. They have no leverage over what Orlando does, as far as I know.

    • hystoracle - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      League has to approve any trade. SO the league has ultimate say over any deal.. However, to do so repeatedly makes the league look stupid..

      They just spent 3 months in a lockout with a goal to stop the players from dictating where they get traded to. NAd right out of the shoot players are dictating where they get traded to.

      All the information on trades comes from the players people. The Player’s people are setting up the trade. When do the team’s take back control and you go tot the TEAM to get trade info? Kind of like every other sports league on the planet. A hard cap would stop a lot of this crap. Howard and Paul want to get moved to the big market team so they can keep thier exception to get paid through the nose without affecting their new team.. If the big market team has to sign these guys in free agency it becomes harder.. The lockout didn’t fix anything. It just rearranged where the dollars were going.. Because the league and the owners have no backbone to do what is truly in the best interest of the game itself. It’s out of control with no end in sight.. Forget a 66 game regular season – Just start the playoffs with the small market play in to fill the two slots for the big market powerhouse teams to demolish in the first round. The whole thing is ridiculous.

  13. bigtrav425 - Dec 9, 2011 at 6:00 AM

    Im pretty much done with basketball

  14. ispysomething7 - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:18 AM

    What Orlando does on their time is up to them. The league owns the Hornets. Until they find an owner they shouldn’t be allowed to trade. Are they working with anyone to sell the team? If not, liquidate. But the banks won’t go for that. The banks will need to be made whole first– tons of debt; check out the financials on deadspin. If sold at a discount, NBA would need to make the banks whole. If not, there goes the NBA’s credit with the banks. Basically it’s a financial mess in the NBA, much like the mortgage crisis. Maybe this CBA isn’t as good as we thought. Godspeed NBA fans.

  15. lucky5934 - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    I thought Howard wanted to go to a winner? The Net’s won’t be much better with Howard than the Magic was last year.

    • hystoracle - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM

      Howard is already on a “winner”. The Magic have been near the top of the standings and int he playoffs for each of the past few years. Whatever happened to trying to make your team better. These guys just want to play with their buddies. They aren’t interested in actually competing to win something. They want it handed to them. And why shouldn’t the league just hands everything else to them.

  16. bparmalee - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    You guys need to understand.. Dwight Howard is a child. He doesnt want to be disliked like Lebron. He got to see all of the outrage over Paul going to the Lakers and he doesnt want anything to do with that right now. If he is asking to go to the Nets.. then off to the Nets he will go. It doesnt matter if their offer is a little worse. I dont even think it is. I would rather have a healthy center and 2 draft picks than a often injured center with “potential” and Odom that wont want to be there.

  17. rdssc - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Will someone please call the Bulls and tell them the lockout is over. They are the new Cleveland, trying to win with one superstar and a bunch of over paid role players. Bulls should be in on these Howard talks.

  18. orlowk - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Dwight Howard with the Nets is like Walton with Portland. If he really wanted to win and he wasn’t so arrogant about being the only “best” player, he’d play for the Celtics, the Lakers, or go make history with Miami. Howard is not Jordan and even Jordan needed more than a one man show. Poor Howard. he’s destine to be a losser in several half-baked teams that look like something with nothing.

  19. orlowk - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Howard is not going to help the Nets. Williams and Howard are not LA, the Celtics, or San Antonio. Lebron, Dwight, Bosh couldn’t pull that off and so many people thought that was going to be the “power house” to beat. Not! Talented, yes, a team with grit and the chemistry to win? Nope.

  20. sf69ers - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Leave Orlando to play in NJ smart Dwight. Bad day in Florida is still better than a good day in New Jersey. Mr. Howard you are too big of a baby to take all the hurtful comments from the NJ/NY crowd when the Nets struggle.

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