edit: Ok here is an article by ESPN reporting that it was two number ones+Lopez for Howard and Hedo
The New Jersey Nets are prepared to offer a trade package featuring Brook Lopez and two future first-round picks to acquire Dwight Howard before the Orlando Magic center becomes a free agent in July 2012, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com this week that, to sweeten the proposal, New Jersey would likewise offer to take back the contract of Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu, who has three seasons left on his contract worth just under $35 million. Absorbing Turkoglu's remaining salary would become financially feasible for the Nets after the expected release of swingman Travis Outlaw through the amnesty clause that will be included in the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement and by including another smaller contract or two in the deal.
Last edited by vnzla81; 12-30-2011 at 03:29 PM.
Wojnarowski: Gerald Wallace / Dwight Howard Trade Talks Dead?
Update (11:18 A.M.): Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that "Orlando has ended trade talks for Dwight Howard... Magic decided to take Dwight Howard off market, ending talks with Nets and the rest of his NBA suitors for now."
Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports: "Nets offered everything they could for Howard: Brook Lopez + FIVE 1st Rd picks. Theirs in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 + Rockets 2012 pick."
The news comes roughly one hour before the media availability portion of Portland Trail Blazers training camp practice is set to open on Wednesday.
Sam Amick of SI.com confirms the report (note this has been updated after the trade talks reportedly died.
The deal would have sent Howard, small forward Hedo Turkoglu and point guard Chris Duhon to the Nets; Blazers small forward Gerald Wallace, Nets centers Brook Lopez and Johan Petro, and possibly a first-round draft pick to the Magic; and a whopping four first-round draft picks to the Blazers.
Holy crap 5 first round picks from the nets and they said no? I guess they really meant it when they said they weren't going to let Howard walk.
ah..I see 4 of those would have went to the blazers...meh
Privately, Portland believes Gerald Wallace has evolved into Blazer "heart and soul" and are hesitant to move him for picks and cap space.
Would I trade for Dwight right now?
No. We don't even know what we have as our current roster stands. I'd like to see what this group becomes first.
If come the trade deadline we're 5-10 games below .500 then its a whole different story.
Ask me again in March.
Howard isn't giving up $50M. If we traded for him now, he'd resign with us.
No, it's lost money. An endorsement is an endorsement. I'd be shocked if he turned down an extra $50M which is probably why Orlando widened up and took him off the market.
Howard nees to be strategic and go to another small market team or Stern and Gilbert will block the trade. What a joke. They're all about money.
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As others have stated, hell no.
At this moment and time, I'm not entertaining any trade rumors. We HAVE a team now. They can only get better with the passage of time.
5 players over time >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Howard for half a season.
If we make a solid run in the playoffs this year, I'm not sure why Dwight or any top free agent wouldn't want to come here in the offseason. We have the cap space and the supporting talent to be title contenders with any top free agent signing next summer.
Can't hurt to offer him and/or Deron Williams a max contract this offseason. If they come, great. If they don't, oh well we weren't a favorite to get them anyway. I wouldn't trade away our extremely bright future to get Howard for a year. I'm enthusiastic about our frontcourt.
Just like Westbrook, this is pointless and has zero percent chance of happening.