NBA Rumors: Why Brooklyn Nets Are Insane to Mortgage Future for Dwight Howard

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2012

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Judging by all reports, the Brooklyn Nets could be very close to finally putting an end to the year-long Dwight Howard saga by finally landing the All-Star center.

On one hand, you have to applaud the Nets for having the initiative to go for it.

There are fans of 20-25 NBA franchises right now who wish their team would go out and do the same.

Yet on the other hand, by acquiring Howard, the Nets have sacrificed all of their future, and it’s not only a huge risk to take, but it’s next to insane.

Taking on Joe Johnson’s contract was risky enough. Giving up everything for Howard might make the Nets a contender on paper, but if they don’t win, what’s next?

They aren't bringing in a LeBron James or Kevin Durant. While Howard is the best center in the game today, he’s not an acquisition that guarantees a title.

The Nets must win with four players.

They won’t have any type of depth and won’t be in a position to add any in the future. In addition to giving up two nice pieces in MarShon Brooks and Brook Lopez, they would be surrendering three first-round draft picks, so building through the draft will be out of the question.

In addition, they will be way over the luxury tax and they will be facing a hard cap in the future. Therefore, adding pieces through free agency is also unlikely.

That means the Nets are all-in on Howard, and while I admire their aggressiveness and willingness to improve, surrendering all of their future for Howard just seems too risky.

What happens if someone gets hurt? There’s going to be no bench depth to begin with and no wiggle room to improve during the season.

For every Miami Heat team that spent money on a Big Three, there’s a New York Knicks team that have tried to do the same and have failed miserably.

The Knicks are strapped for cash and no closer to winning a championship than they were two years ago when they acquired Carmelo Anthony.

Entering a new building and starting a new chapter of Nets basketball, it would be a shame to see the Nets suffer the same fate.