The chance is still out there for the Brooklyn Nets to get their way, but it’s going to take a very complex negotiation to land Dwight Howard. We have to give it up for the squad’s persistence; they are really doing absolutely all they can to land the big man from Orlando Magic. Now, in order to make this happen, the Nets and the Orlando Magic need to find a way to get the Cleveland Cavaliers and the LA Clippers involved in a lengthy and multi-player deal that would ultimately land Howard in the recently relocated team.
For what we have been able to draw out, the deal will most likely follow these general lines. If things go as planned the Brooklyn Nets would receive Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark. The Orlando Magic would get Brook Lopez, Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson and three first-round picks. These picks would include two from the Nets and a lottery protected first from the LA Clippers. The Cavs would get Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first round pick from the Nets and three million in cash. The Clippers would receive MarShon Brooks. I was a bit lost too when I first read the description and can only guess how intricate the fine print in this contract is going to be, and yet the Nets are willing to push this one off. Now, to top this off, Lopez, Humphries, James, Williams, Johnson and Gaines would all have to agree to sign-and-trades before they can be transferred.
Now, there are a couple more issues involved in this move. The Nets and Magic want to be really clear about this move, so they have already exchanged medical information on Howard, who had back surgery, and Lopez, who had foot surgery. Now, considering that both Howard and Humphries are both represented by the same agent, Dan Fegan, he could eventually get these guys to play nice and help pull off the deal. Now, the Nets already have secured the services of Derron Williams and Joe Johnson and adding Howard would certainly make them, at least in paper, a title contender coming off from the East.
Now, some of the smaller market teams have been a little reluctant to show much empathy to these big budget teams who can buy as much talent as they can secure. The big issue here is that the Brooklyn Nets are trying to pull off this move just a couple of days after the LA Lakers managed to get this clever negotiation: get themselves the services of point-guard Steve Nash. So, the trend is here: one can earn a title by buying the best talent around. Point be taken: the Miami Heat got their title after LeBron James finally had enough of a supporting cast, including two other All Stars, to be able to get his fist title. So now what? That seems to be the big question. It is clear that the new collective bargain agreement was created to try to avoid having a league plagued with teams that are impossible to beat, and effort to make the league as competitive and diverse as possible. And so we wait and see.