Assuming the Magic don't trade Howard at the deadline and things remain pretty much as is in Dallas, Dalessandro provides two scenarios for Howard. In scenario #1, he writes, "Mavericks' best-case scenario includes a $25 million bankroll, which means they can give Howard and Deron Williams a starting salary of only $12.5M each. The Nets will start in the $18M-19M range."
And in scenario #2, there's this: "The Mavs will amnesty Brendan Haywood and find a taker for Shawn Marion, which leaves them with two stars, a 34-year-old Dirk Nowitzki and nine minimum-wage guys. The Nets will have Howard, D-Will, Brook Lopez, Anthony Morrow, Marshon Brooks, and a pair of No. 1s."
"Which shelf life would they find more appealing?" Dave D asks referring to Howard and Williams.
- Dwight Howard, Jeremy Lin and other things to watch for in NBA's short second half - Dave Dalessandro - Star-Ledger
Mavericks and Nets share common goal - Jeff Caplan - ESPN Dallas
Can Mavs really land Deron Williams and Dwight Howard? 'One is not coming without the other' - Kevin Sherrington & Barry Horn - Dallas Morning News