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If Brook Lopez Re-signs, Dwight Howard To Nets Could Be Off
Wednesday , Jul , 11 , 2012 Paul Eide

If Brook Lopez Re-signs, Dwight Howard To Nets Could Be Off

The Nets have reportedly entered into contract talks with their own Brook Lopez.

Hoopsvibe Very Quick Call: It's now or never for Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets deal.

Lopez, a restricted free agent, is reportedly talking to the Nets about a max deal; either 4 years for $58 million or 5 years for $78 million. The other thing to consider is that if another team puts in an offer to Lopez, he can't be part of a trade to another team. Also, if he doesn't agree to a sign and trade it would stop a deal for Howard until December 15th, because that is when players who signed with teams in the offseason can be traded.

Believe it or not, the Howard to Nets saga has been going on for about a year now. If it doesn't go down now, how awkward would it be for him to spend the season in Orlando? Speaking of awkward, if the Nets are forced to rely on their own "in-house" guy in Lopez, would that make things weird and screw up chemistry? Either way the Nets need a back-up plan in case they don't actually trade for Howard, and Lopez is it.

But how much worse would that be? Or, would it even be bad at all? We all know Lopez missed all but five games last season due to a foot injury, which is never what you want to have your big man suffer through (see Rik Smits, Yao Ming). But when healthy, Lopez has produced, with career averages of 17.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.6 bpg. But obviously, Lopez is nowhere close to the defensive player Howard is, or the rebounder. But he is a solid big man.

The other question is, if the Nets do actually get Howard, are their enough basketballs to go around to keep everyone happy? Joe Johnson has to shoot a lot to be productive. Deron Williams likes to score as much as any PG in the league. Gerald Wallace likes to score. Howard needs to be the center of attention at all times, so even though he's saying he wants to go to the Nets, could he even handle being an after thought on the offensive side? How long would it take for him to complain about that?

If Dwight Howard going to the Nets has any chance of happening, it's going to have to happen NOW.

 

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Wednesday , Apr , 25 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: New Jersey Governor Says ‘Good Riddance’ to Nets

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Nets recently played their last game in Jersey. This summer, they’ll pack, cross the Hudson river and move into their shiny billion dollar stadium in Brooklyn, New York.

One New Jersey native who won’t miss the Nets: Governor Chris Christie. In fact, the elected official said ‘good riddance’ when asked about the team leaving.
 

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Saturday , May , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Nets a Possibility for Shaq?

Cavaliers free agent center Shaquille O'Neal, a Newark native, told The Post he would consider the Nets as a destination this summer -- intrigued because they now reside in his hometown.

O'Neal, the Cavs "other" free agent, praised the new Prudential Center as being an NBA hotspot and said he would rather them not move to Brooklyn in 2013.
"I think it's better than most arenas, I think it's one of the best arenas in the country," O'Neal told The Post following the Cavaliers' stunning second-round elimination against Boston on Thursday night. "Hopefully they can stay there forever. I don't know what's going on with the Brooklyn situation, but it says a lot for the city of Newark."

O'Neal has real-estate investments in Newark and is also intrigued in one day being a part-owner of the Nets because they now are in Newark. But he would want them to stay there. Shaq had long wondered why it took so long for the club to move to his hometown. Last season, while with Phoenix, he attended a Devils game at Prudential Center and got a grand tour by the owners. 

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Wednesday , May , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Yet Another Lawsuit to Hold up Atlantic Yards Project

Another lawsuit has been filed aimed at halting the Brooklyn development that includes a new arena for basketball's Nets.

Peter Williams says in his lawsuit filed Tuesday that he still owns the air rights over a lot that is part of the footprint of the Atlantic Yards project.

A spokesman for developer Bruce Ratner did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

Ratner plans an arena for the New Jersey Nets, who will become the Brooklyn Nets, plus 16 residential and office towers. The arena is to open in 2012. 
 
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Tuesday , Apr , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

NBA Fine with Prokhorov’s Business in Zimbabwe

Prospective New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov came to his own defense Monday and was backed by the NBA after a congressman accused the Russian billionaire's company of violating sanctions and U.S. law by doing business with the government of Zimbabwe.

"Onexim Group takes very seriously the issue of law and sanctions as applied to Zimbabwe," Prokhorov said in a statement released through his company during the Nets' final game at the Meadowlands. "Contrary to erroneous media reports, the company and all of its holdings have always been in strict compliance with all United States and European rules regarding Zimbabwe and have had no dealings whatsoever with companies or individuals on the sanctions list."

"Onexim Group and Mikhail Prokhorov have been open and transparent about all their business dealings throughout the extensive NBA review process, and they intend to maintain this position going forward," the statement said.

New Jersey congressman Bill Pascrell has called for a government investigation (through the U.S. Treasury department, which monitors sanctions) of Prokhorov's business dealings in Zimbabwe, alleging the NBA's background check on Prokhorov was "disgusting." 

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