Mar 5, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Utah Jazz small forward Josh Howard (8) drives to the basket while defended by Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Josh Howard Might Be Nets Target

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Marc Spears of Yahoo! Tweets that the Brooklyn Nets are one of five teams who may acquire free agent SG/SF Josh Howard. The Nets would need to sign him at the veteran’s minimum. The other teams reportedly interested in Howard are the Jazz (who he played for last season), Pacers, Warriors, and Knicks. Howard, 32 years old, averaged 8.7 PTS and 3.7 REB last season but only played in 43 games. His best days were when he played for the Mavs and in 2007, he averaged 20 PTS and 7 REB. Over the past two seasons, he has played about 23 minutes per game on average. The Nets could use use him as their backup small forward behind Gerald Wallace.

Howard used to be a very nice secondary scorer but his best days are certainly behind him. At this point in his career, he is very prone to injury. If the Nets can sign him to a veteran’s minimum contract, I would be happy, because there would be little risk in signing Howard to a small contract. If he could stay healthy, he could be a nice contributor off the bench. He will probably have a number of teams to choose from in the coming weeks and I would be surprised if the Nets are able to get him.

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