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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 1:25 pm  |  65 responses

Brooklyn Nets Reportedly Looking to Trade for Dwight Howard


Things are bad in Lakerland. Very, very bad. Players are frustrated, the coach appears clueless, and what was supposed to be an immediate, powerhouse team is in grave danger of missing the Playoffs. With Dwight Howard’s looming free agency hanging above everything like a black cloud, there are now reports that teams are ready to make a push for the disgruntled big fella‘s services. According to RealGM, the Brooklyn Nets (Dwight’s original preferred choice when leaving Orlando last summer) are prepared to jump back into the Howard Sweepstakes again: “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, according to sources. The Lakers have struggled through injuries, a coaching change and a lack of chemistry this season. The team is currently 17-24 and facing the reality that missing the playoffs seems inevitable. The feeling out of Brooklyn is that Howard can be had for the right price because of the Lakers’ struggles and long-term commitment to a collection of pieces that just don’t seem to fit or complement Howard’s assortment of skills. The only missing element was a third team with an attractive piece that would force the Lakers to consider the future of the franchise and directly question Howard about the direction he’s leaning at this point of the season. King, according to sources, was confident that he had a trade proposal that was a perfect fit for all teams involved. According to sources, King was planning to contact the Minnesota Timberwolves in order to gauge their interest in a three-team trade that would send Kevin Love to the Lakers, Brook Lopez to the Timberwolves and Dwight Howard to the Nets. Other small pieces would need to be included, but the proposed trade was thought to be intriguing enough to start conversations in the Lakers front office that would force them to deal with Howard earlier than planned. That idea, however, was shelved when Love was sidelined 8-10 weeks with a broken hand. The Nets believed the Lakers would be interested in Love, but not an injured Love, even if they’re facing missing the playoffs, according to sources.”

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  • JML-G

    makes sense for everybody – Dwight will be happy in BK, Love might be happy in LA and TWolves will def lose KLove sooner than later, but Brook just might stick around

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if anyone is confused about the role of agents, i hope this clears it up for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I would honestly never stop laughing if this trade went through

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    poor Kobe

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange hates to say this but, “He told you so.” (D12 voice) “Hello Brooklyn.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/benson.belvant Benson Bmac Belvant

    That 3 team trade doesn’t favor the Timberwolves at all. Brooke Lopez for K. Love??? But hey crazier things have happened. Who knows!!!

  • spit hot fiyah

    love would probably be very good under d’antoni, but he won’t be playing for Another two months so getting him now would basically be giving up on the season. i just don’t see how the lakers can get any better by trading Howard. as bad as they look on offense som times their defense is their biggest weakness, they won’t get equal value back on the defensive end by trading Howard (even if he is not the defender this year that he was in years past)

  • Fat Lever

    Who would have thought that the 2 teams that got the 2 best centers in the game would both have the same record at the halfway point of the season? Especially considering Dwight has played in all but a couple of games and Bynum has been out all season.

    Somewhere I just picture Roy Hibbert with 2 voodoo dolls of Bynum and Dwight, smiling deviously, saying “My plan to be considered the best C in the league is going as planned”.

  • Redd

    Wow, that’d be a horrible trade..Lopez to the T-Wolves? No way.

  • roscoe

    you called it, but it ain’t happened yet.

    what about SEA? a new arena, owner flush w/ greenbacks… he might do that.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    If Hibbert wants to do anything to become the best C in the league, he should put those dolls down and score more points and get more rebounds. 10 and 8 won’t get it done.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Saw it coming. Will be a lot of trade talk heading up to the All-Star Break between Pau and Dwight. Dwight can’t be happy in LA. Nothing’s going the way he wants it to go on the court. The only good thing is he’s living in LA.

  • shockexchange

    Yeah, the Shock Exchange called it months before it happened, when everybody on here was calling him crazy and beggin’ SLAM for a new commenting system. From now on just call me “Shockadamus.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i hope everyone realize Brook Lopez has actually been the best player discussed in this, so far this season. And the Nets keep winning. This is purely a rumor. I hope you people realize that.

  • roscoe

    the realgm piece states, “that idea, however, was shelved when Love was sidelined 8-10 weeks with a broken hand.”

    this is:

    a) an agent like you said, or

    b) a website trying to get clicks

  • Fat Lever

    True, I was just basing that off the rhetoric last year of some people that Hibbert wasn’t that far off from being considered one of the best C’s in the game.

    Nice player, but nowhere near the level of a healthy Dwight or Drew.

  • shockexchange

    Yeah, poor Horry Jr. If Rent-A-Center doesn’t re-sign he’ll only have “equal talent to play with” in L.A. and he will get exposed for the glorified role player that he is.

  • RKJ92

    Co-sign. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you realize this hasn’t happened right? this is purely a rumor. it’s not actually even being considered.

  • shockexchange

    nbk, If you get on your hands and knees and exclaim, “Shockadamus, I’m soooo sorry for ever giving you back talk in public. Could you ever forgive your bratty lil nephew?,” then all will be forgiven.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I was actually being sarcastic but yes

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i’m just going to repeat myself cuz apparently you can’t read, “you realize this hasn’t happened right? this is purely a rumor. it’s not actually even being considered.”

  • shockexchange

    nbk, If you get on your hands and knees and exclaim, “Shockadamus, I’m soooo sorry for ever giving you back talk in public, and for telling people not to buy your book. Could you ever forgive your bratty lil nephew?,” then all will be forgiven.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    The nets would be out of their damn mind if they get rid of Lopez. I don’t care how many DPoys or rebounding title Howard has, the gap between him and Lopez isn’t big enough for the nets to go ahead with this trade.

  • shockexchange

    Sco Sco, There are 5 reasons Dwight definitely wants out of L.A. (www.clicky.me/rentacenter). But he also wants to be in a better situation than he had in Orlando, or else all the fuss he caused in Orlando would be silly. I think his heart is in Brooklyn and the Nets will prolly be willing move mountains in order to get him.

  • Max

    Ok Suckadudesmus.

  • David

    Why not just wait until Howard hits free agency? That way you could have Howard and you could move Lopez to the 4. And price doesn’t matter because Prokhorov looks like he’ll pay anything.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    didn’t i tell you that the nets still want d12?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Kobe Bryant will kill Kevin Loves Diva feelings

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    he don’t even put up joakim noah numbers

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i agree

  • Redd

    I didn’t expect it, especially at a time where d12′s game looked like it declined & lopez was extended. I just don’t think D12 can prosper in a big market team.

    BUT, you did tell me that & u win lol.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i would too. i need some laughter in my life aswell

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hahahah thank u. :)

  • spit hot fiyah

    Lopez is a center, can’t really play the 4, but he does rebound like a small forward so u have a point

  • Dutch Rich

    yeah, just about when the headline said “reportedly”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I wonder when Cousins will come into play

  • roscoe

    i’m not clicking that spam link… lol… no way jose.

    i think the ORL golf cart & white hair scene wore dh12 down…

    now he is in LA flexing his Lohan & Hollywood muscle…

    he wants kim k. type hype & idk if BKLN can deliver that.

  • deception is the only felony

    doubtful this will happen

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange totally agrees with you Sco Sco. Rent-A-Center wants to remain in L.A. so badly he re-signed 6 weeks ago.

  • roscoe

    i have to imagine there are couple possible reasons:

    a) A fiscal reason, not cliff fiscal, but a fiscal timing reason why LAL & dh12 are waiting for the summer, or

    b) LAL mgmt & docs won’t sign dh12 bc he is damaged goods (ie back).

    c) financing rent-a-center requires 2 week of pay stubs LAL doesnt have.

  • shockexchange

    You’ve just “outshocked” the Shock Exchange. He’s speechless. Don’t do it again.

  • shockexchange

    LOL. Good one.

  • Mike From Spain

    This trade… the Wolves say no, Kevin Love straight up for Lopez???? GTFO

  • LakeShow

    Great comment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaluNewYorker Jerry Alex

    Please don’t be true. Don’t want D12 in Brooklyn.

  • Mike From Spain

    Brook Lopez is not a good haul for trading Kevin Love. Maybe Pek and filler for Lopez would be closer, but Pek has a better contract and he’s arguably better (better rebounding, about just as good on the offensive end)

  • trueballer4life

    Dw howard was always trash to me supergimp, he never fill shaqs, la is better of with kevin
    Injured

  • Max

    How come all your comments have 2 votes down?

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Exactly.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Nowhere near. He should be a double double machine in a league with few talented true centers.

  • Stephen A. Smith

    Realistically the Lakers are not going to trade Dwight Howard. It just isn’t going to happen.

    The only way I would ever consider trading Howard is if he told me up front that he’s not going to re-sign with the Lakers. Than I look to trade him and the only player I would want back in return is the 2nd best center Andrew Bynum, that’s it I rather have an unhealthy Bynum over a healthy Brook Lopez.

    If I had to trade Howard this is the only way I’m giving up Howard.
    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=ah7aumb
    I would do the trade exactly a year after they traded away Bynum because that is the only way they can get him back after trading him.

  • Dennis

    How about PJ (Carlisimo) for D’Antoni straight up?

  • gotjeans

    Lopez is so grossly underrated that it is sad. Hate to break it to you, but it’s pathetic that the Celtics, who lag behind the Nets and Knicks, have two starters on the All Star team. Yes, Brook Lopez is more deserving of an All Star nod than KG.

  • pposse

    i was just gonna say that..K Love and Kobe will be even more dramatic than Kobe DH Pau and Nash. It might even compete with Kobe Shaq (minus the rings and success)

  • RunNGun

    Wow… Lopez for Love? WTF is this writer smoking? LOL Goes to show you all how the East Coast media doesn’t know sh!t about basketball. Lazy journalism is throwing something out there and hoping it sticks.

  • Caboose

    Half of the Eastern Conference is more deserving than KG.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    but… but.. this was supposed to be over with.. I .. I don’t want to do this again.

  • roscoe

    so the realgm guy who wrote this article just got served… story is confirmed to be BS

  • Mike From Spain

    Sure, one good season and landing an unwarranted max contract guarantees that he is worth trading for arguably one of the top three PFs in the game.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    don’t care. i guess positive slam votes mean a lot in your life… loser.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    k love is a DIVA and will kobe will destroy him

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    smart man!

  • Max

    lol, I was just wondering if you pissed someone off or something like that… winner?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    haha winning at pissin ppl off

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