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Sources: Nets to pursue Dwight Howard

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06:58 AM ET 03.01 | Deron Williams has spoken with principal owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King about their plan and who they will pursue as they prepare for their Brooklyn move after next season. Orlando center Dwight Howard tops that list, sources said. The Nets want to improve the talent around Williams to get him to sign an extension when he's eligible over the summer.

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March 1, 2011  07:45 AM ET

Why would he leave Orlando for Jersey??? He could get more money if he stays in Orlando, cost of living is cheaper, he already owns a house there and there's Disney World!

March 1, 2011  07:47 AM ET
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Why would he leave Orlando for Jersey??? He could get more money if he stays in Orlando, cost of living is cheaper, he already owns a house there and there's Disney World!

Why? because he's never going to win **** in Orlando. Oh and lets not forget D-Will.

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March 1, 2011  08:03 AM ET

Is Brooklyn in the house!!!!!! Yeah but no Howard living there ever.

March 1, 2011  08:13 AM ET

Prokhorov is in it to win it. If it's not Dwight Howard, there will be other superstars available. Howard may win a championship before LeBron, now that I think about it...

March 1, 2011  08:14 AM ET

I really, REALLY can't wait for the Nets to finally move. I haven't been a fan since the Bruce Ratner fiasco of dismantling a great team. I don't even know the players on the current roster. But, Deron Williams is definitely a glimmer of hope. If in any way the team can acquire Dwight Howard, that would be significant. Otherwise, the Knicks are the East Coast Lakers, and the Nets are the East Coast Clippers.

March 1, 2011  08:18 AM ET

Who cares

March 1, 2011  08:20 AM ET
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I really, REALLY can't wait for the Nets to finally move. I haven't been a fan since the Bruce Ratner fiasco of dismantling a great team. I don't even know the players on the current roster. But, Deron Williams is definitely a glimmer of hope. If in any way the team can acquire Dwight Howard, that would be significant. Otherwise, the Knicks are the East Coast Lakers, and the Nets are the East Coast Clippers.

nice analogy

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March 1, 2011  08:30 AM ET

any team with cap space is going to go after Howard. Big Deal.

March 1, 2011  08:37 AM ET
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any team with cap space is going to go after Howard. Big Deal.

The real analogy is what Pat Riley wants to do. He has told confidants he is convinced they will not win it all with Bosh as their main pivot. Bosh is a junk shooting big man but Pat likes his bigs to be banger type post up players - something Bosh is not and Sundays loss to the Knicks all but assured him that he need to move Bosh. Riley has had his eyes on Dwight Howard for a while. I heard Bynum is also on his radar if Miami can't get Howard's blessing in a trade with Orlando - pretty much like the situation Melo was in.

Riley's thinking is simple - there's only one championship to be won so Lakers or Magic will be looking to or be compelled to deal their star player with Dwight being the one that's more likely to be willing to move after this post season.

But people around Dwight contend he's disgusted at the Miami trio and rather beat them than join them as his disdain for Lebron is well chronicled. His personal choice is the Lakers but if they are unwilling to move Bynum and other assets in a trade with Orlando he will gladly wait and join the Stoudemire, Melo, Billups trio.

If Knicks prefer CP3 he'll gladly join forces with D-Will and Brook Lopez. But as mentioned his preferred destination is the Lakers.

The reason Riley has held his tongue over Bosh's play is because he doesn't want to cause friction in the locker room or let Wade have it for recruiting Bosh. Pat Riley feels the team has underachieved and it's mainly because of Bosh. This summer will get interesting. Just sit tight and watch the drama unfold.

New Jersey is his last choice.

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March 1, 2011  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I really, REALLY can't wait for the Nets to finally move. I haven't been a fan since the Bruce Ratner fiasco of dismantling a great team. I don't even know the players on the current roster. But, Deron Williams is definitely a glimmer of hope. If in any way the team can acquire Dwight Howard, that would be significant. Otherwise, the Knicks are the East Coast Lakers, and the Nets are the East Coast Clippers.

knicks are no better then the clippers what have they done in there history not much

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March 1, 2011  08:44 AM ET

good chance he ends up in houston cause they will have the money to spend when that time comes around NJ will have a chance to but when it comes to big man houston is king.

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March 1, 2011  08:46 AM ET

Every team will want Howard!

March 1, 2011  08:47 AM ET
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Stupid.

Hey Doc I thought they said they were going to sign Earl Barron? any word on what happen to that? And why did they cut Brewer? Not saying he is the best but they could have used some depth...

 
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