If it looks like Dwight Howard will remain in Orlando past Thursday's trade deadline, look for the Nets to start cutting salary, by sending players with non-expiring deals elsewhere and if needed with a pick or two and cash.
It's already been widely reported that the Nets are in talks for the Bobcats' Boris Diaw and Thursday morning, a new name was added in the mix: C.J. Miles of the Jazz, who's five years younger than Diaw.
On the Diaw front, Fred Kerber confirms a Charlotte Observer story that the Nets "would surrender Houston’s lottery-protected first-rounder plus Jordan Farmar and Johan Petro. Charlotte wanted Anthony Morrow and was rebuffed. But that is just one of many possibilities."
One of the many possibilities is a trade for Miles who has several things going for him. He's a small forward with an expiring contract who's a good friend of Deron Williams. HoopsWorld and Stefan Bondy report the Nets and Jazz are talking. HoopsWorld's Eric Pincus writes the teams "have discussed a deal that would swap Miles for pieces like Anthony Morrow and Johan Petro." Bondy tweets the deal's centered around Miles, Petro and the Houston pick.
2012 NBA Trade Deadline Diary - Eric Pincus - HoopsWorld