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In order for the New Jersey Nets to acquire Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic, a few “house keeping” moves need to be made within the Nets franchise.
First, they’d need to restructure some contracts in order to make space under their salary cap.
Both Jordan Farmar and Johan Petro would each have to slim down their three-year deals in order to make some money available now and same goes for Travis Outlaw and his five-year contract.
If any three of these guys couldn’t restructure their deal with the Nets, then they’d have to be brought up in trade conversations involving Brook Lopez as the centerpiece of the trade.
Lopez is a young, up-and-coming star that hasn’t reached his potential yet, but could certainly peak within the next few years, which is something that could be worthwhile enough for the Magic to part ways with Howard.
Lopez isn’t as good as Howard, let’s be honest, but that doesn’t mean Lopez isn’t as good as Howard yet.
There is no denying Lopez is talented, averaging 20.4 points and six rebounds in 2011; the question remaining is if the Magic would be willing to part with arguably one of the top-three players in the game for a developing big man.
There are not many roadblocks in the way of pounding this deal out, including contract negotiations on both sides.
As our expert Ric Bucher bluntly puts it in a heated exchange with Chris Broussard on ESPN.com, “The Nets would be able to put a package together featuring Brook Lopez for Howard, both of whom would be signed to contracts that fit under the new labor pact.”