Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: How Howard to Brooklyn Nets Could Shake Up East

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: How Howard to Brooklyn Nets Could Shake Up East
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Earlier this morning, ESPN's Chris Broussard passed along tweets indicating that a possible Dwight Howard trade to the Brooklyn Nets was still in play.

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:

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. 

Along with the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, the Nets would further the concentration of star power along the Eastern seaboard.

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.

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