According to Broussard, the rumored deal would send Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries and first-round picks in 2013, 2015 and 2017 to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Howard:
(con't) and the Nets' first-round picks in 2012, 2014, 2016 & 2018....move would give Nets Big 3 of D-Will, Dwight & Joe Johnson— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 3, 2012
Correction: Nets' picks that would be traded to Orlando would be 2013, 2015 and 2017, source says....— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 3, 2012
After reportedly trading for shooting guard Joe Johnson yesterday, Nets general manager Billy King has wasted no time trying to re-energize a franchise that has been one of the NBA's worst over the last five years.
An eventual deal could mean that franchises like Indiana, Atlanta and Orlando would fade out of the spotlight, leaving only teams with superstars left to be desired by the league's rapidly growing fanbase.
In a league where large media markets continue to dominate the landscape, the Nets have suddenly become one of the NBA's most compelling franchises.
A combination of Howard, Johnson and point guard Deron Williams in Brooklyn would make the Nets instant playoff contenders and could knock some fringe playoff teams like Philadelphia and Milwaukee out of the picture altogether.
While the Nets would lack serious depth if they completed a trade for Howard, they would still have recently signed small forward Gerald Wallace and breakout guard Gerald Green to make their starting lineup one of the Eastern Conference's most potent.