Dwight Howard: Breaking Down the Kryptonite Keeping Superman from Brooklyn Nets
In appropriate response to Superman's desire to be traded to Brooklyn, we take a closer look at some of the roadblocks preventing Howard's dream scenario from unfolding this summer.
Brooklyn's Cap Room
According to ESPN.com's John Hollinger, the Nets' recent free-agent signings and trades have severely hurt their chances of acquiring Dwight Howard this summer. Deron Williams is set to be paid $17.1 million, while Joe Johnson is owed $19.7 million next season. Gerald Wallace's agreement will pay him $8.9 million next season as well, leaving virtually no room for Howard's $19.5 million.
Although Brooklyn would instantly become a formidable squad in the Eastern Conference with the additions of Johnson and Howard, it looks like a case of too good to be true in terms of the Nets' current cap space.
Not to mention the Nets' lack of spending money will haunt them next offseason as well, when they could potentially sign Howard as a free agent. The mega contracts they have on the books for Williams and Johnson will likely kill any shot at landing Howard—unless he, Williams and Johnson are willing to take significant pay cuts in order to form a big three similar to the way the Miami Heat did in the summer of 2010.
If Brooklyn cannot find a third team to take Humphries—and that team will likely have to come from the Western Conference, because nobody in the East wants to provide the Nets with an assist—their pursuit of Dwight Howard could be in vain.
Humphries averaged 13.8 points and 11 rebounds per game last season with the Nets, but given the Magic's logjam at power forward, Humphries is a bad pickup for Orlando.
The Magic have time to deliberate before they deal Howard, considering he won't become a free agent until after next season. That being said, the team will likely make sure it is making the best possible deal for itself, and who can blame them after all that Howard has put them through?
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