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NEW YORK (WFAN) – With the NBA Trade Deadline less than 48 hours away — teams have until Thursday at 3:00 p.m. to make a deal — general managers are scrambling to improve their teams for the second half of the season.
Nets general manager Billy King has reportedly been talking to multiple teams about potential swaps, and players such as Josh Smith, Paul Millsap and Ben Gordon have been said to be on Brooklyn’s radar.
But then there’s that other player, the one who has been rumored to join the Nets for the past two years.
Yes, we’re talking about Dwight Howard.
The Howard-to-the-Nets rumors are back in full force.
“I think the Nets are going after Dwight Howard,” Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops told WFAN c0-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Tuesday. “That’s their No. 1 target. He’s been their No. 1 target for two years. Everybody in the NBA is well aware that the Lakers are a complete mess … Despite their denials and despite their telling Dwight Howard, ‘Look, we’re not going to trade you,’ at a certain point they have to realize that this is a lost season for the Los Angeles Lakers.”
The Lakers are currently 25-29, good enough for 10th in the Western Conference standings. They are 3 1/2 games behind the eighth-place Rockets for the final playoff spot.
“The Nets were willing last year to give up Brook Lopez and five first-round picks to get this guy,” Sheridan said. “The Nets have been trying to get this guy for two years … They can get him without giving up Brook. They (can) give up (Kris) Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Tyshawn Taylor, a couple No. 1 picks — and then the one that really makes the deal, and you have to follow European basketball to get this — is they throw in all the European players.”
Sheridan believes that there is a 50-50 chance that Brooklyn lands D12 before Thursday’s deadline.
“I was out in Houston this past weekend at the All-Star Game and I spent a lot of time talking to Dwight Howard,” Sheridan said. “Let me tell you something — the guy is miserable. I’ve never seen a player as miserable in his current circumstances as this guy is right now. He said he wants the game to be fun for him again.”
Howard is averaging 16.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 34.9 minutes per game for the Lakers this season.
If you were Billy King, would you trade Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Tyshawn Taylor, a couple of first-round picks and a package of European players for Dwight Howard? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…