The Brooklyn Nets' determination to land Dwight Howard hasn’t faded, and it’s now being reported that the team is once again interested in acquiring the superstar center.
According to Jarrod N. Rudolph of RealGM, "Nets general manager Billy King has closely monitored the struggling Lakers and quietly searched for a third team with an attractive piece that would help facilitate a trade that would deliver Howard to the Nets."
With the Feb. 21 trade deadline less than a month away, the clock is ticking for Nets brass to put together a lucrative package to pry DH12 away from Los Angeles.
It’s apparent that Howard hasn’t been the best fit alongside Kobe Bryant. Even though his statistics are solid (17.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game), the big man could benefit from a change of scenery to a less demanding atmosphere.
Per Rudolph, a potential three-way trade that King was allegedly exploring fell apart earlier this month when Kevin Love broke his hand. The main tenets of that proposal would have seen Brook Lopez land with Minnesota, Love ship out to Los Angeles and Howard travel cross-country to Brooklyn.
On paper, the deal worked for all three parties and would have given Love—who is allegedly unhappy with the direction of the Timberwolves—a fresh start, the resurgent Lopez a chance to blossom in a small market and Howard a reprieve from the troubles he has had since linking up with L.A.
While the Nets would potentially be better off in the long run with Howard, Lopez has been performing admirably during the 2012-13 campaign (18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game), and the organization has found stability with interim coach P.J. Carlesimo running the team (11-2 since Avery Johnson was fired).
It’s likely the reason why Rudolph’s sources indicate that King “won’t make getting Howard as big a priority as last season” but is doing his job as GM to find ways to improve the roster—including exploring options to bring DH12 to Brooklyn.