- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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Sorry to bring up the Dwightmare again.
But this is pretty interesting.
“I thought the Brooklyn thing was going to come through at the end of the season,” Howard said. “It was something that was promised, but it didn't happen. Once it didn't happen I figured everything happens for a reason. I just let it go. I was upset for a while, but I just let it go.”
The Nets tried their darndest to deal for Howard. The D12 saga went on seemingly forever. Rumors swirled.
The Magic said no. So the Nets, who had put a self-imposed deadline on the trade talks, elected to re-sign restricted free agent Lopez to a four-year, $60 million max contract before he could ink an offer sheet with Portland or Charlotte.
Lopez is currently out for the season with yet another foot injury, while Howard has appeared in all 41 games for the Rockets, averaging 17.9 points and 12.5 rebounds.
Howard could've made this easy if he had just exercised his early-termination option and signed with the Nets as a free agent.
But he didn't.
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