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Nets hold breath as King courts Howard

If GM can't swing Superman deal ... then you can forget seeing D-Will in Brooklyn

Updated: December 16, 2011, 12:32 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kevin O'Connor, general manager of the Utah Jazz, saw it as a time to offer comfort, and Billy King, general manager of the New Jersey Nets, saw it as an opportunity to make a deal. O'Connor had called his old boss in Philly last winter to say he was sorry.

As in, sorry that you didn't get Carmelo Anthony and that your hostile neighbor across the river did.

But the old friends got to talking, and King got to thinking. Deron Williams had just engaged Jerry Sloan ...

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