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To get Dwight now? ... or later?

3/14/2012

The Knicks likely could’ve waited until the offseason to sign Carmelo Anthony, but elected to trade away a bevy of assets to acquire him instead.

The Nets appear to be in the same position when it comes to Dwight Howard.

The Magic center said Tuesday he wants to finish out the season in Orlando, but that could be so the Nets don’t have to deal a bevy of assets to acquire him by Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.

If Howard comes to the Nets, he’d prefer to play on a roster that isn’t gutted i.e. one that includes Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, and two 2012 first-round draft picks -- one of which that could be a lottery pick given where they are in the NBA standings.

But can the Nets afford to wait around? Should they just cave and try to get Howard now? Or, should they hold their ground knowing he -- from all indications -- wants to come to Brooklyn?

What do you think they should do? Let us know in the comments section.

• The latest in the Nets-are-going-clear-cap-space-so-they-can-make-this-Lopez-D-Will-D12-thing-work comes from the New York Daily News, which reports the team is interested in acquiring C.J. Miles from the Jazz for Johan Petro and a No. 1 pick in a three-team deal.

There could be some credence to the rumor. Remember, GM Billy King and Kevin O’Connor have made two trades: the D-Will blockbuster and the Mehmet Okur deal.

• Speaking of the deadline, most of the Nets said they weren’t thinking about it Wednesday morning. Hmm...