The Dwight Howard-to-Brooklyn saga continues.
The Nets expressed interest in Howard before his blockbuster trade to the Los Angeles Lakers. Since then, Nets center Brook Lopez received a max contract and is playing at a high level.
According the New York Daily News, Nets management are no longer interested in acquiring Howard in wake of Lopez's performance.
Trading for Howard would not be beneficial for the Nets. Howard can whine about touches, throw players and coaches under the bus, and cause friction in the locker room. He could also sign a max contract for approximately five-year, $117.9 million to remain a Laker or similar with a sign and trade, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Nets would be wise to keep the younger, taller center who already received his four-year, $60 million contract at the start of the season. Lopez has an overall better offensive game, a better PER and has built chemistry with the current Nets roster.
Nets management should not completely close the door on this deal, though. With the Lakers' season spiraling out of control, desperation can be a valuable tool to use during negotiation.