Teams Reluctant to Help Nets Get Howard?
Multiple league executives told ESPN.com on Sunday that there is growing reluctance among some teams to participate in the sort of three-team deal that would get (Dwight) Howard to Brooklyn, amid some leaguewide dissatisfaction that the Los Angeles Lakers were able to swing a deal for Steve Nash last week.
Being the cog in creating another super team in Brooklyn, with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson already in the mix, is not palatable to some teams concerned about competitive balance.
“You can talk about the new (luxury) tax all you want, but if the Lakers get Nash and the Nets get Howard, then what did the new CBA accomplish?” one GM said. “You have to realize part of long-term planning is making sure you don’t help create teams you can’t beat.”
Nonetheless, after a few days of silence, Brooklyn and Orlando began discussing possible trades again early Tuesday morning, sources said. The Nets proposed sending a package of Brook Lopez and (Kris) Humphries, both through sign-and-trade deals, plus Brooks and three future first-round draft picks.