Brooklyn Nets Making Right Move in Giving Magic Ultimatum with Dwight Howard

Doug RushSenior Analyst IJuly 11, 2012

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The Brooklyn Nets have had enough of the drama.

ESPN analyst Ric Bucher tweeted that the Nets have given the Orlando Magic an ultimatum regarding a Dwight Howard deal.

Source: Nets will "resolve" their pursuit of DH today; either get him or move on.

— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) July 11, 2012

On Wednesday, the Nets will resolve the Howard issue one way or another, which means they either trade for him, or they move on without him and re-sign their current center, Brook Lopez.

Either they lock up Lopez for themselves, or they go with a sign-and-trade in a deal for Howard.

ESPN writer Chad Ford reported through his Twitter account that if the Magic and Nets want a deal done, it must get done on Wednesday.

Here's @RicBucher story on Nets to "resolve" Dwight Howard bid by end of day ……

— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) July 11, 2012

This is the right move to make by the Nets.

They've already made a lot of investments into the 2012-2013 season; they've re-signed Deron Williams, traded for Joe Johnson, re-signed Gerald Wallace, traded for Reggie Evans and now have signed Jerry Stackhouse.

Nets general manager Billy King has been perhaps the most active basketball executive this summer, transforming the Nets from a lottery team into a playoff team.

Sure, if they get Howard, they become an instant contender in the Eastern Conference and have a chance to be a threat to the Miami Heat.

With Howard, they would have a chance to easily dominate their division for the next five to seven years and be a playoff contender with the team set up.

And with Howard, the Brooklyn Nets are taken seriously in the NBA as a powerhouse in the East.

But is it worth trying to land him at the cost of all the drama and the games being played right now?

The Magic and Nets had a four-team deal set up with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers that would have been a 14-player blockbuster deal with Howard landing in Brooklyn in the end.

But the Cavaliers pulled out of the deal on Tuesday, and Orlando starting engaging other offers for Howard from other teams.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets are now involved in the Howard sweepstakes, and it's made everything that more complicated.

So by Brooklyn telling Orlando that they are either making the deal or they move on without him and re-up with Lopez, in the end, it's the right move for the franchise.

This is by far one of the craziest situations to see a top NBA player traded, and the Nets know Howard wants to come to Brooklyn.

But they have a franchise to think of running first before all else.

Only time will tell to see how this ends.

For the Nets, the drama will end; either with or without Howard in Brooklyn as the starting center.

Stay tuned fans.