Here’s the story from earlier today as reported by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Golden State Warriors are emerging as suitors for Dwight Howard. The Warriors would be willing to move either Stephen Curry or Monta Ellis in a package for Howard, as well as absorb Hedo Turkoglu’s contract.
The Warriors would also be willing to make the trade without a guarantee from Dwight to re-sign in the off-season, effectively renting the center for the remainder of this season in hopes of wooing him to re-sign with the potential of playing in downtown San Francisco and the accompanying endorsement opportunities surrounding Silicon Valley.
So what does this mean for the Nets?
The Nets still remain on the list of teams (that also include the Mavericks and Lakers) that Dwight has indicated he would re-sign with if traded to.
But that list may be changing, or growing:
Despite Howard’s preference to go to the Brooklyn-bound Nets to play with Deron Williams, those close to Howard still believe he’s fluctuating on his future and could be sold on different scenarios. – Wojnarowski
While not a major breaking story, the idea that Howard may be warming to the idea of playing in places other than Brooklyn and alongside guards other than Deron Williams has to be troubling for the Nets front-office.
Certainly even Howard can see the writing on the wall that is the Nets roster right now and with the one major trade asset the Nets have (Brook Lopez) coming off of foot surgery, you have to believe the Nets shot at trading for the superstar center has been diminished if not missed entirely.
I’m of the opinion that as long as Dwight continues to say he would re-sign in Brooklyn the Nets remain in the hunt. I also believe that if Dwight is moved during the season, the trade would come closer to the deadline in March.
We shall see, but as long as their are stories surrounding Dwight Howard rumors, we will continue to report them.