For the third time in the last calendar year, Dwight Howard has demanded a trade to the Nets. Howard, who picked up his 2012-13 player option, is not happy with the Magic ownership and their reluctance to make him happy. Howard, a three-time defensive player of the year, is the game’s premiere center and an imposing defensive presence. Howard also understands the numerous sponsorship opportunities available in New York and the importance of aligning with other superstar players. Free agent, Deron Williams, has wittled his free agent decision down to the Mavericks and Nets. With Williams, the Nets have failed to make the playoffs. However, the Nets have promised to bring in premiere talent and Howard may be the kingpin that keeps Deron.
With Gerald Wallace and a plethora of young players, the Nets have the supporting pieces for their dream super duo. Howard and Williams give the Nets strengths at two of the toughest poisitions in the NBA. In addition, a starting lineup that features Williams, MarShon Brooks, Wallace, and Howard could challenge the East’s top teams. The Nets strengths at point guard and center are clear weaknesses of the NBA Champs.
Currently, Gerald Wallace is the Nets’ marquee player. However, all signs point to Williams rejoining the Nets. Re-signing Williams may start a chain reaction of signings. Jason Kidd has started that he will join Williams on his next team. The Nets could get creative and build a package for Howard. Landing Howard will instantly vault the Nets into the league’s top teams and challenge for an NBA title.