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ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard thinks the best course of action for Dwight Howard is to force a trade to the Nets:
Here’s an excerpt from his Insider piece on D-12.
If Howard does issue a definitive trade demand, Orlando could send him to the Los Angeles Lakers for Andrew Bynum. Bynum is more appealing to the Magic than New Jersey's banged-up Brook Lopez.
However, the best course of action for Howard is for him to force his way to the Nets.
If the Lakers gave up only Bynum, the trio of Howard, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol would be herculean. But the Lakers' problem at point guard would persist. And while Howard is at his best when surrounded by long-range bombers, the Lakers are the second-worst 3-point shooting team in the league. So while the Lakers would be contenders, they wouldn't necessarily be definitive favorites in the West.
Meanwhile, the 33-year-old Bryant and 31-year-old Gasol aren't getting any younger. The very real possibility remains that in a couple of years, Howard might be in a rebuilding situation, one led by the unproven Jim (not Jerry) Buss.
In New Jersey/Brooklyn, Howard would be paired with a top-flight point guard in Deron Williams. If the Magic get stubborn and don't trade Howard, they would retain solid role players in Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Anthony Morrow and Jordan Farmar. Then the Nets still will have Williams, not to mention a bit of financial flexibility to build around their superstar duo, if Howard signs with New Jersey/Brooklyn as a free agent after the 2011-12 season.
No arguments with Broussard’s reasoning here. While it would be interesting to see D-12 and D-Will play with Lopez, Brooks and possibly two first-round picks, if the Nets have a chance to get Superman in a trade, they have to do it.
They have said they want to make D-Will happy, and their best chance of doing that is to pair him with his buddy D-12 in 2012-13, when the team moves across the river to Brooklyn.
Now that you’ve heard our take, what’s yours? Post your thoughts in the comments section.