Dwight Howard Rumors: Magic Center Prefers to Sign with New Jersey in Offseason

Andrew BurtonCorrespondent IIIFebruary 29, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 16:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic celebrates a basket against the New Jersey Nets during their game at the Izod Center on November 16, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Magic defeated the Nets 95-70. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New Jersey Nets might be able to put together a complete roster when they move to Brooklyn next season. Chris Broussard is reporting that Dwight Howard would prefer to sign with the Nets at the conclusion of this season (ESPN Insider membership required). He says, "Howard's preference would be to sign with New Jersey as a free agent, thereby allowing the Nets to keep the solid role players—Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Jordan Farmar and Anthony Morrow—they'd have to trade to get him before March 15." 

Howard could gain more money remaining in Orlando, but the thought is that whatever money he leaves on the table he could gain through endorsements, specifically an extension on his Adidas contract. In a market like New York, Howard could achieve superstardom far superior than that in Orlando.  

Could you imagine a front court of Brook Lopez and Howard? Could you imagine Deron Williams dishing passes to the two big men? The duo of Lopez and Howard might remind some of the duo that was in San Antonio in Tim Duncan and David Robinson. Throw in the potential that MarShon Brooks and Anthony Morrow have showcased this season, and you have a pretty solid rotation. 

The Nets would not only save the assets they have in players, but they would also maintain their draft pick, which could turn out to be extremely valuable this season. We have a pretty deep draft class this upcoming season, so whatever pick the Nets choose will be a great option moving into Brooklyn.

If the Nets manage to get Howard via free agency, they would do what New York could not do last season when they depleted their roster for Carmelo Anthony. The Nets would have a roster full of talent, and they would be able to kick off their inaugural season with a bang.  The new uniforms won't be the only thing they showcase in 2012-13—Superman might be arriving as well.