Source: Nets Tired of Waiting on Howard
Still, trades are not like games or playoff series. Both teams can win, for different reasons and on different timelines. It was a win for the Nets, too, provided they close the deal with Deron Williams and bring that All-Star backcourt to Brooklyn next season. (Joe) Johnson is far from the prize (Dwight) Howard was, but the Nets could no longer wait to see how the Dwightmare was going to unfold — couldn’t put off their mandate to put a compelling team on the floor next season for owner Mikhail Prokhorov any longer.
“They got tired of waiting on Dwight,” one person familiar with the Nets’ strategy said.
Assuming D-Will is on board, the Nets will have Williams, Johnson, Gerald Wallace (who agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal) and a re-signed Brook Lopez to make up a core ready to compete in the East. Free-agent Kris Humphries is another asset at their disposal. They retained promising guard MarShon Brooks and their own first-round pick in the Johnson deal and are preparing to make a run at Bosnian stretch forward Mirza Teletovic. It is strongly believed that Jason Kidd wants to re-join the Nets as Williams’ backup, a fitting end to his Hall of Fame career. All of this is not too shabby.