The latest reports from ESPN NBA columnist Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein on Jan. 25, 2013, are claiming that despite previous rumors in regards to the Brooklyn Nets that a possible deal with the Los Angeles Lakes for Dwight Howard was off the table are not entirely true.
Brook Lopez is a key part of the Nets future, but it is also true that with the major salary burden that the Nets have undertaken there is only one way that they can acquire Howard if they so choose according to Shelburne and Stein:
The Brooklyn Nets are believed to still strongly intrigue Howard as a future destination after the Nets' long-running attempts to trade for him last season. But after re-signing Deron Williams and Brook Lopez last summer and taking on more than $300 million in long-term salary commitments, Brooklyn can only acquire Howard via trade now, which would likely require an additional team (or teams) to join in even if the Lakers were amenable.
It seems that the Nets are looking more and more ready and willing to work out a deal to facilitate the move of the struggling Laker's forward to New York, and at the rate that the Los Angeles locker room is falling apart around Howard and the teams current slump it could be a good move for the Western Conference bottom feeders to take.
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