Buried in David Aldridge's power rankings as a part of his must-read Monday Morning Tip (he ranks the Nets 10th, by the way) comes his only Brooklyn Nets-related commentary for the week:
No, they're not going to make another run at Dwight Howard, no matter what you hear out there.
Strong terminology from Aldridge, a well-connected NBA insider. After trading for Joe Johnson in July, the Nets essentially removed themselves from the Dwight Howard conversation, only to see the Los Angeles Lakers trade for him in the same month. Outside of two recent wins, the Lakers have spiraled this season with the injured Howard manning the middle, currently sitting at a 19-25 record and tenth in the Western Conference.