Nets will make strong push for Dwight Howard

It’s no secret that a goal of the Nets organization is the eventual acquisition of Magic center Dwight Howard. Sure enough, according to SLAM Online’s sources, the Nets have told Deron Williams’ new agent Jeff Schwartz that they will heavily pursue Howard.

Yeah, not exactly groundbreaking news on the surface. But think about it for a second. The Nets “heavily pursued” Carmelo Anthony and offered Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Damion James, Anthony Morrow, and about a bajillion first-round picks. Generally when the Nets are “heavily pursuing” a player, this means “heavily overpay.” It’s tough to overpay for a great player like Dwight Howard, but hopefully this doesn’t mean something like Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, and four first round draft picks.

I would also be very scared of the Nets somehow gaining Gilbert Arenas in a Howard deal.

However, it seems like a deal for Howard would easily cement Deron staying in New Jersey. So, for now, I would hope that a deal for Howard is in the near future. Just please, no Gil.