D12: I was 'promised' trade to Nets

January, 18, 2014
Jan 18
4:21
PM ET
Sorry to bring up the Dwightmare again.

But this is pretty interesting.

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Dwight Howard told basketballinsiders.com he was “promised” a trade to the Brooklyn Nets in the summer of 2012.

“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 Nets’ final proposal to the Orlando Magic was four future first-round draft picks, Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries in exchange for Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark.

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.

Howard ended up being dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers, and now is a member of the Houston Rockets.

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.

Are the Nets better off without him? Let us know in the comments section below.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8