Dwight Howard is free to make any decision he wants to when it comes to his playing career. But what is he thinking wanting to go to New Jersey—or soon to be Brooklyn—to play for a Nets team that is 12-26 and near the bottom of the Eastern Conference and the NBA?
Why would Howard want to leave Orlando, and a 25-14 record almost guaranteed to make the playoffs, for a team that has little-to-no shot at playing past their last regular season game?
According to SI.com, Howard may see more than just winning as to why he would want to go to New Jersey:
Though it may pain the purists, it's not just about basketball for Howard. He wants to take his brand global, to leverage the international influence of Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov while building his brand as Brooklyn's first star. His wandering eye is enticed not only by the Barclays Center that is set to open next season, but the businesses in the booming area around it that could afford many off-court opportunities.
Another reason why Howard may want to go to New Jersey is because of the chance to play with point guard Deron Williams.
That’s a great idea, as Williams is one of the best point guards in the NBA. However, why not avoid playing with subpar talent in New Jersey and instead join up with Williams—and a much better supporting cast—in Dallas with last year’s NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki.
Dallas will have the cap room to sign both Howard and Williams to max deals in the offseason, plus with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who is a big name on the global market, Howard can still have that “brand” that he would have with the Nets.
Howard can make any decision he wants to. However, the smartest decision this year is to play out the season with a talented Magic team. He should make a run at the NBA title and then leave after the season.
This way Howard can have his cake and eat it too, while playing for the Mavericks.