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Dwight Howard's "will he or won't he" saga wasn't quite as protracted as, say, Brett Favre's (Brett, if you're reading this, don't get any ideas, yeah?), but if he had his way last season, Howard wouldn't have necessarily ended up with the Lakers. Howard said he originally wanted to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, joining Deron Williams and Joe Johnson in an East Coast power trio. Given how everything ended up this offseason, should the Magic have made the trade?
Nets or Lakers?
Dwight Howard is part of a potentially powerful Big Three, but he could have gone a much different route.
The Nets may be in the middle of building a squad to rival the NBA's best. After acquiring Joe Johnson from the Hawks (a move that makes Deron Williams more likely to come back), the team is discussing a trade that would bring Dwight Howard on board. The move would immediately make the Nets a team to be reckoned with, although the asking price for Howard is incredibly steep. Still, it'd be worth it for a team in its first year in a new location to have multiple superstars already in place to greet fans.
Howard is one of the most dominant defensive players in the league, and alongside Williams and Johnson could really step up his offensive game.
A steep price?
The Nets could be mortgaging their future with this trade -- Brook Lopez has proven himself a skilled scorer, and losing three first-round picks could severely limit the team's flexibility.
The Heat's Big Three have already proven their championship chops, but would they be overtaken by the theoretical Nets trio?
Dwight Howard's vacillation on committing to the Magic for next season has reached an end. Kind of. Howard officially won't opt out of his contract next season, meaning that he'll have at least one more year in Orlando -- unless the Magic trade him anyway, that is. It's definitely a possibility -- they might decide to cut ties sooner rather than possibly later, as they may not feel Howard is totally committed to the team.
Dwight Howard is clearly one of the NBA's elite players, but is he the type of star who can carry a team to a title?
A long-term deal?
A big consideration in keeping or trading Howard is whether he'll sign with the team long-term. They might just go through this whole ordeal with him again next season.
Effect on Williams?
Rumors had Howard going to the Nets before this whole situation. Deron Williams likely would stay if Howard went to New Jersey, but what does this mean for the Nets now?
A bigger fracas?
LeBron James' "Decision" was higher-profile, but Dwight Howard's decision was a big deal in a different way.