It appears that the Brooklyn Nets dream of acquiring Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard may finally come to fruition. Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that in the current proposed trade, the Nets would acquire Howard, Jason Richardson and the 3 years left on his contract, and Earl Clark, a scrub forward. The Nets would send Brook Lopez, Damion James, and Shelden Williams to Orlando, along with some draft picks, and Kris Humphries, Sundiata Gaines, and picks would head to Cleveland. The Nets would trade all of these players via sign-and-trades. Marshon Brooks could also be involved in the trade, possibly heading to a fourth team or Orlando. Ric Bucher of ESPN thinks that this trade or a similar one will happen very soon, and all we can do now is wait.
If the Nets do this trade, they would have either kept or signed-and-traded all their players from last year’s team. This means that they would have many roster spots left to fill. It also means that Brooklyn would have very few draft picks over the next 2 or 3 years.
However, the Nets become contenders, if not favorites, to win the NBA championship next season. Just think about their starting lineup: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Mirza Teletovic (or a free agent they sign), and Dwight Howard. The only weak link I can find there is Tele, but if he makes mistakes on defense, Dwight would be there to help out, and also Dwight and Gerald Wallace can take care of rebounding. And Tele is a proven player on offense and can flatout shoot the basketball. If the Nets can acquire Howard, I will be looking forward to the eastern conference finals next season, between the Nets and Miami Heat.
Tags: Brook Lopez Brooklyn Nets Cleveland Cavaliers Damion James Deron Williams Dwight Howard Earl Clark Gerald Wallace Jason Richardson Joe Johnson Marshon Brooks Mirza Teletovic NBA NBA Free Agency Orlando Magic Shelden Williams