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Dwight Howard isn’t talking trade, but everyone else is

Feb 26, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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Three times on Friday and Saturday I heard a reporter try to broach the topic of trade demands and where he might play in the future with Dwight Howard, and every time he has responded that he is not talking about anything past All-Star Weekend.

“The situation we are in right now is All-Star Weekend. That’s the only thing that matters right now,” Howard said Friday. “This is for the fans and we’re going to enjoy ourselves. All that stuff can go on after the All-Star break.”

But everyone else is talking about Howard and with that Deron Williams.

Will those two play together? If so, does it happen in Brooklyn? If the Nets don’t move Williams that means they think they can get Howard, either in a trade or via free agency this summer.

Then there is Dallas. Interesting note here by Mitch Lawrence in the New York Daily News.

Williams privately told members of the Mavs last June during their Finals celebration that he would love to go back home and be a part of team with Dirk Nowitzki. But he said Friday he wants to continue to be a Net. So until further notice, the Nets think they still have a good shot to move into Brooklyn with Williams and Howard.

If the Mavericks can find a taker for Shawn Williams contract, they can amnesty Brendan Haywood and they would have the money next summer to pair Williams and Howard with Dirk Nowitzki. The rest of the roster would look like last year’s Miami Heat — which is to say, poor after the big three — but they could do it.

Really, it all comes back to Orlando. Will they move Howard? They don’t want to, but if they realize he is gone after this season and they cannot resign him — right now they still think they can keep him — and the offers that come in near the deadline improve, well, we could have another blockbuster on our hands.

On Monday, that speculation will start to pick up a lot of steam heading to the March 15 trade deadline.

  1. tomshoe - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    March 1st everybody, mark your calendars.

  2. gmsalpha - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Dallas might be constructed like Miami was last year, but they won’t have a Small Shot ‘Bron who torpedoes their efforts. A team with 3 certified stars is like a magnet, anyway. There will be a few nice complements who will join them for the veteran’s minimum if they feel they can win a title.

    Then again, it’ll take D3 (Dirk, Dwight, and Deron) to have any shot at stopping the OKC freight train that’s not showing any signs of slowing down.

  3. losangelasbasketball - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Hes going to LA… After watching the all star game, you could see he interacted with kobe and blake more than deron…hes getting Ready to live near kobe and griffin and going to the same nightclubs and restaurants in LA. 100percent positive here.

    • berto55 - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      I am not as positive as you labball, but I believe the league vetoed the Paul trade because there already was a deal for Howard in place. The fans and even some players might have been up in arms if you have a lockout and a week later Howard, Paul, and Kobe magically end up on the same (large market) team. At the time, it was thought to be a sure thing Howard would be traded before the season. Odd coincidence.

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