It seems like Dwight Howard has been trying to get to the Brooklyn Nets for the past two years. Ever since the free agency and trade rumors began during his Orlando Magic days, Howard has always been linked to the Nets in some shape, form or fashion. When he was finally shipped to the Los Angeles Lakers, it seemed as though he’d made out like a bandit, but his first season in LA has been anything but peachy. Now the trade rumors are heating up again and the Nets are still at the center of attention, but Brooklyn would be making a huge mistake if they brought Howard in now.
Howard is averaging over 17 points and 12 rebounds per game this season, which are both below his career marks in those two categories. Although they’re not extremely low, those numbers prove Howard is still now 100 percent following off-season back surgery. To think any seven-foot human would ever be the same after back surgery is ludicrous, but that’s exactly what some team will gamble on this season with a trade for Howard.
Brooklyn fans should hope that’s not the Nets, who are clicking again this season, having won nine of their last 10 games, including one over their cross-town rivals, the New York Knicks. The Nets are still a mentally-weak team with no real leadership, so bringing in a huge distraction like Howard could easily derail what the Nets have going. If he’s not successful in LA (where seemingly all big men are these days) what makes Brooklyn think Howard will do any better than Brook Lopez? You can say you heard it here first: Lopez is a way better option for the Nets at this point and they’d be crazy to bring Howard in now. If you think another New York professional sports team was a circus this past season, imagine what the Nets would be with Howard.