Could you stand it? Another round of speculation about Dwight Howard wanting to join the Nets?
The now well-traveled 6'11" center has opted out of his player option with Houston, giving up $23.2 million to gauge his value in the brave new world of TV rights-infused payrolls. Should the Nets take a look?
Matt Moore thinks it's worth It for Brooklyn to consider him, but within bounds...
Brooklyn Nets:The Nets wanted Howard when he was in Orlando and the two sides tried desperately to get a deal done but the Magic (rightfully) wanted nothing to do with the Nets' trash at the time. Now, though, they're bare bones. They have Brook Lopez, sure. But you can play them together in a big combo and if you get worked on the perimeter, you punish them inside. It also opens up the possibility of trading Lopez, which is the only asset Brooklyn has that could really reset its roster back to "decent." The Nets could overpay for Howard on a short-term deal just to make themselves respectable, since they have no picks to save.
Of course, Howard also left the Nets at the altar the night before, deciding to stay with the Magic, blocking way for that deal.
Moore notes that Howard wants the max, which in his case means a $30 million salary to start. No way, writes Moore.
The money will be the issue. If Howard wants a max, no team should sign him. Again, if Dwight Howard says he'll only sign for a max contract, every team should walk.
Is he worth it, despite multiple surgeries and a recent 30th birthday party? Moore thinks he still has a lot to offer.
He's a monster athletically, despite the injuries, and a hard worker. He has shown a lot of maturity over the past two years he doesn't get credit for and still wants to help a team win.
He does have a history of personality issues with superstar teammates (not a problem here) and there are other issues, like a steady stream of paternity suits. Would the Nets be interested? Who knows? But Mikhail Prokhorov and Dmitry Razumov led the charge to bring him first to Newark, then Brooklyn. And of course, one has to remember, Howard was the first --and so far, only-- superstar to ever demand a trade to New York.