Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. SMH. Here we go again…already. Dwightmare – Part Two, Take 1. Reports are surfacing today that the Nets are going to make a push to get Dwight Howard. Details after the jump…
According to Jarrod N. Rudolph of RealGM, “Nets general manager Billy King has closely monitored the struggling Lakers and quietly searched for a third team with an attractive piece that would help facilitate a trade that would deliver Howard to the Nets.”
With the Feb. 21 trade deadline less than a month away, the clock is ticking for Nets brass to put together a lucrative package to pry DH12 away from Los Angeles.
It’s apparent that Howard hasn’t been the best fit alongside Kobe Bryant. Even though his statistics are solid (17.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game), the big man could benefit from a change of scenery in a less demanding atmosphere.
Per Rudolph, a potential three-way trade that King was allegedly exploring fell apart earlier this month when Kevin Love broke his hand. The main tenets of that proposal would have seen Brook Lopez land with Minnesota, Love ship out to Los Angeles and Howard travel cross-country to Brooklyn.
On paper, the deal worked for all three parties and would have given Love—who is allegedly unhappy with the direction of the Timberwolves—a fresh start, the resurgent Lopez a chance to blossom in a small market and Howard a reprieve from the troubles he has had since signing with L.A.
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