NBA Trade Rumors: Dwight Howard Headed to the Nets...No Matter What

Stephen ChoContributor IIIMarch 13, 2012

Dwight Howard and Brook Lopez combined for 306 blocks last year
Dwight Howard and Brook Lopez combined for 306 blocks last yearSam Greenwood/Getty Images

For over a decade, Adrian Wojnarowski has been the NBA's most reliable source for news around the league. Thanks to him, Nets fans (the few that remain) across the country will be going through their day with a smile.

At 2:00 pm EST, Wojinarowski released an article in which he explained the situation down in Orlando, along with the fate of the the best big man in the NBA, Dwight Howard. Dwight has always had a reputation of being a jokester and someone who'll give you a laugh, but when it came to his future, Howard made sure everybody knew he wouldn't be in Orlando much longer.

According to Yahoo's sources, both Otis Smith and Stan Van Gundy know that their franchise player is bound for a new home, and are trying to make a move by the trade deadline (Thursday, 3pm EST). In addition to this, the new home of D12 was made clear when sources told Yahoo that Howard would be signing with the Brooklyn-bound Nets. 

So what does the situation in the Garden State exactly look like? Apparently the Nets will sign Howard, re-sign All-Star Deron Williams and still keep Brook Lopez (on a $10 million salary). Also, in an attempt to clear up cap room, the Nets will be making a move for the long time veteran Boris Diaw. So after some quick math, the Nets 2012-2013 season starting lineup looks like: Deron Williams, MarShon Brooks, Boris Diaw, Brook Lopez and Dwight Howard. The last time the Nets had three All-Stars on their team was, well, never, but look for it to happen in the next few years. 

The past decade hasn't been too kind for Nets fans, especially the infamous 12-70 season back in 2010. In fact, the Nets have been so horrendous that nine out of 10 people forget that this is an organization that made back-to-back Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. I know, the words Nets and Finals sound funny in the same sentence...but for the next five years it might be all you'll be hearing.