The NBA, as it often does, saw a huge overhaul of moves between last season's end, and this season's beginning. I'm excited, you're excited, we're all excited.
Everything you need to know that changed this summer in the Western Conference.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Get educated kids. It's about to all get started and you don't want to be the only one that doesn't know what team Jrue, Tyreke, Andre, Dwight, and Eric now play for.
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.
Rumor: The Knicks are in negotiations for Dwight Howard in exchange for Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire never played well together anyway.
Sources inside the Orlando Magic are rumored to be working out a deal that would send Dwight Howard to New York in exchange for both Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. As improbable as this would have seemed at the beginning of the year, the results are in and Stoudemire and Anthony simply don't have on-the-court games that fit well together.
Would Dwight Howard's skills fit well with Anthony? Many people think this is a great fit. For one, Howard is a true center that plays in the post. That might be the exact inside-outside game New York needs to help highlight Anthony's skills. Throw in a couple sharp shooting 3-point specialists that can sit beyond the arc and drain threes when Anthony drives and New York might have a winning formula.
It's easy to see why this trade makes sense for a lot of people involved. The Magic better be looking to deal Howard unless they are 100% confident they can resign him. It would appear difficult to be that confident in a Howard resigning considering his earlier season desire to be dealt. The Knicks are equally as motivated for a trade due to their pathetic record and post-season failures. New York is shelling out way too much money to be the 7 seed in the East and go out in the first round of the playoffs. Their payroll necessitates greater results and so do the fans of New York. This might end up being a great deal for both teams.