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Broussard: Howard Would Prefer Joining Nets in Free Agency

Chris Broussard offers his thoughts on the fates of various superstars after the All-Star Break and like just about everyone else believes the Nets are the "odds-on favorite" to wind up with Dwight Howard, citing among other things the Derrick Rose-like sneaker deal he could sign once the team is in Brooklyn and he's paired with Deron Williams.

Howard's preference would be to sign with New Jersey as a free agent, thereby allowing the Nets to keep the solid role players -- Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Jordan Farmar and Anthony Morrow -- they'd have to trade to get him before March 15.

Broussard adds that Billy King hasn't put together a three or four team deal yet because of Orlando's reluctance to engage in talks. He claims the Warriors called the Nets in December to offer Monta Ellis in any multi-team deal. He also suspects that if the Nets sign Howard in July expect renewed talks about Lopez for Ellis. But within hours of Broussard's story, Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Nets have "no interest" in a Lopez-for-Ellis trade.