Despite having talked about playing together for years, it never did happen for Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. And if D-Will harbors any bad feelings about it, then that’s just too bad, according to Howard. (Deron, for his part, says he’s happy for Dwight.) Per the NY Daily News: “It’s my life so if he’s upset because I made a decision for me, so be it,’ Howard said. ‘If he doesn’t want to be friends because I’m on another team, then so be it. There’s no need to smooth things over.’ The two All-Stars plotted to play together in Brooklyn, but Howard essentially killed that possibility by waiving his right to become a free agent last March. Howard has said the decision was based on his desire to keep everybody happy, even though it forfeited his opportunity to sign with the Nets in the summer. Instead, Howard was dealt in August from the Magic to the Lakers, who host the Nets on Tuesday. The center declined to discuss his desire to play in Brooklyn and whether it’s still alive. Howard will become a free agent in July. The Nets won’t have the cap space to sign him unless they trade most of their starting lineup. ‘I’m here now in L.A. there’s no need to talk about what could have happened. I’m happy with being here in L.A.,’ Howard said. ‘The fans have always been great here. Now that I’m on the team the fans, from Day 1, they’ve just been unbelievable to me and to this team. It really doesn’t matter at this point (why I demanded a trade to Brooklyn). There’s no need to talk about the past. I’m happy being a Laker. This is the best situation for me and what I need to move forward.'”
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