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Apr 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Magic defeated the Sixers 88-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Magic defeated the Sixers 88-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

When the Nets announced they had signed Kris Humphries Tuesday, to a reported $24 million contract over two years, the first reaction was, "Wow, that's a lot of money." But the second reaction is, "Wow, the Nets are still all-in on Dwight Howard."

The Humphries signing and the Brook Lopez signing before it signal that as long as Dwight Howard wants the Nets, they still want him, even if they have to wait till January 15, or the trade deadline three weeks later. Of course someone, most likely the Lakers, could beat them to the punch but that deal is still dependent on Howard and Andrew Bynum agreeing to re-sign in cities they claim not to like and L.A. overcoming its reluctance to take on the Magic's bad deals.

But assuming things remain the same, the Humphries deal gives the Nets some options. With Lopez and Humphries, Zach Lowe writes, "Brooklyn could take on at least two unwanted Orlando salaries in addition to obtaining Howard and sending out every first-round pick that they can find ... It’s not the best possible package, but we’re not far removed from the Nets’ trying to talk Humphries into a one-year deal or find a third team willing to absorb a four-year contract."

It also doesn't hurt that Dan Fegan represents both Howard and Humphries.