To state the obvious, Dwight Howard is ready to get out of Orlando.
Howard told Adam Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports that there's only one team he would re-sign with, and multiple sources have said that team is Brooklyn.
The Nets went after Howard at the trade deadline, but were unable to secure the All-Star. They figured they would have a shot in free agency, but Howard decided to waive his opt-out clause in March, leaving him stuck in Orlando for an extra year.
Now that he wants out again, he again has leverage in any contract negotiations, asserting that he will not sign a long-term contract with a team he does not want to play for in the future.
Brooklyn needs Howard, and it seems Howard is ready to come help. But as we have seen over the past few seasons, timing is everything with the Orlando center.
Before the deadline, Howard was all but done in Orlando. He was feuding publicly with coaches and management and the Magic were playing below expectations.
But by March, all was well between the two sides and Howard was excited to be staying with the Magic.
Now, he's ready to leave again.
With changes of heart coming so often for Howard, the Nets need to be careful in their dealings with him. If he does in fact want to come, they need to do everything possible to get him in a Brooklyn jersey now before he changes his mind again.
Howard will likely return to Orlando if the deal isn't done this summer. Spending a whole year there will give him a chance to look at the options around the league, including a few interesting scenarios in New York, Los Angeles and Houston.
Howard and Brooklyn are a match. Brooklyn sees it. Howard sees it too, for now. If he is left to ponder his decision, he might see something else that will steer him elsewhere.