NBA Trade Rumors: Could the New Jersey Nets Pull off a Trade for Dwight Howard?

Zachary CohenContributor IIIMarch 31, 2011

NBA Trade Rumors: Could the New Jersey Nets Pull off a Trade for Dwight Howard?

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 13:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic shoots a free throw shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 13, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Magic defeated the Suns 111-88. NOTE TO USER: User expres
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    With the Nets' acquisition of Deron Williams, there's finally hope in New Jersey (or Brooklyn).

    The team now has a core that consists of Williams and Brook Lopez. In point guard and center, these two players happen to play the most important positions on the basketball court. 

    With all the superstars going wherever they wanted this past year via free agency or demanding trades, the Magic are starting to question whether or not Dwight Howard will stay in Orlando. 

    With speculation comes trade rumors, and that leads me to ask the question: Could the Nets actually pull off a trade for Dwight Howard?

    Yes they can. Continue reading to find out why.

D12's Frustration

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    ORLANDO, FL - MAY 26:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic talks with referee Tom Washington against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 26, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE
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    The Magic have been to the NBA Finals in Howard's young career in Orlando, but they've yet to win an championship.

    This makes Dwight very angry...and he doesn't like it when he's angry. 

    Howard is frustrated in Orlando, and the Magic are only the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference this year after great regular-season finishes the last couple of seasons.

    Dwight wants to win a championship, and if his team isn't capable of helping him do that he'll have no problem leaving. 

    Seriously, Hedo Turkoglu is getting old and Jameer Nelson is a defensive liability. These are the two guys that are supposed to help him win a championship?

    Dwight could soon demand out. 

Orlando Fear

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    ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 18:  Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith speaks to the media regarding the aquisition of Gilbert Arenas from the Washington Wizards, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Earl Clark from the Phoenix Suns at Amway Arena on Decemb
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    The Magic are very aware that Dwight Howard isn't too happy in Orlando, and they're trying to do what they can to get a better group of guys around him. 

    The team is struggling, and if Dwight expresses interest in leaving they will not want to get nothing in return for him. Orlando would look to go the Denver/Utah route and get young talent, cap relief and draft picks for their franchise player. 

    This team is not going to lose Dwight Howard for nothing...and that's where the Nets come in. 

Mikhail Prokhorov

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    NEW YORK - MAY 19:  New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses the media during a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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    The Nets' new owner is absolutely scary. Well, scary might not be the right word, but I don't know a better one.

    Prokhorov made moves for New Jersey, made them fast and was able to do it while also costing the Knicks a lot. 

    Prokhorov outbid New York for Carmelo Anthony until they gave up way too much to get the star small forward, and then he swooped in and traded for one of the best point guards in the league for much less than he would've given up for Anthony.

    This guy is devoted to making the Nets contenders; that's why he's going to go hard after Dwight Howard. 

    The Nets have the pieces to get him, and they will have the supporting cast to win with him. A lot of that is due to Prokhorov. 

Deron Williams' Desire

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  Deron Williams of the Nets in action during the NBA match between New Jersey Nets and the Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena on March 4, 2011 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downl
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    Deron Williams isn't going to stay in New Jersey without another go-to player on the roster, and that's the bottom line. The Nets need to grab another superstar to get Deron Williams to stay and be the face of Brooklyn.

    If Dwight Howard is available, they'll make sure that face is like Harvey Dent's. 

    Williams has said the right things since coming to New Jersey, but now it's time for the team to do the right thing and build around their point guard.

    The Nets are going to have to go almost all-in and make everybody other than Williams available to get Dwight, but if they can get him on the roster it most certainly would be worth it. 

Finally...the Trade

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Brook Lopez #11 of the New Jersey Nets shoots over Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 100-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges
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    How can the Nets get Dwight Howard without trading Deron? Well, actually it isn't as crazy as you'd think. 

    The Magic would be losing the most important position on the basketball court, and for the Nets there isn't room for two centers in town. The solution is simple: make Brook Lopez the centerpiece of a trade for Dwight.

    The Magic would lose the best big man in the league, but get back a young center who's easily in the top ten and maybe even the top five. 

    On top of Brook Lopez, the Nets have some young talent and good role players they could throw into a trade, like Anthony Morrow and Travis Outlaw. They'd also be able to trade draft picks to the Magic.

    Orlando won't want to lose Dwight for nothing, and that's what will make the Nets' trade offer seem like a sweet, sweet deal.