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Dwight Howard is the Nets’ to lose—or at least he was.
For many, it’s a shock that Howard isn’t in Brooklyn already after all of the rumors of a four-team trade that were swirling over the weekend.
Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reported, though, that the Cleveland Cavaliers were never even remotely close to pulling the trigger on such a deal.
In other news, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports also reported that the Nets and Brook Lopez are close to agreeing to a max deal.
If Lopez were to sign, though, he couldn’t be traded until December. And according to David Aldridge of NBA.com, talks between the Nets and Magic have been “quiet” as of late.
But he did note they’re still the only team Howard has said he’d re-sign with.
If the Nets blow this, their fans will be in for a long, painful year. Brooklyn dealt for Joe Johnson to keep their hopes for Deron Williams alive, which ultimately kept their hopes for Howard alive. Now, though, all signs are pointing away from the Nets.
But still, the fact that they’re the only team Howard has expressed interest in will keep them in the hunt until the clock strikes midnight. They’re the only team that can be 100 percent confident about him signing a long-term contract.
If Brooklyn had more to offer than a one-trick pony center and a 23-year-old shooting guard prospect, Howard would’ve been traded there months ago.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.