Per Marc Stein and Chad Ford of ESPN.com, the New Jersey Nets are preparing a big offer for Dwight Howard:
The New Jersey Nets are prepared to offer a trade package featuring Brook Lopez and two future first-round picks to acquire Dwight Howard before the Orlando Magic center becomes a free agent in July 2012, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com this week that, to sweeten the proposal, New Jersey would likewise offer to take back the contract of Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu, who has three seasons left on his contract worth just under $35 million. Absorbing Turkoglu’s remaining salary would become financially feasible for the Nets after the expected release of swingman Travis Outlaw through the amnesty clause that will be included in the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement and by including another smaller contract or two in the deal.
As for my take? Not even close. As I’ve stated numerous times, there is no way for the Magic to get anything close to equal value for Howard and should fight to keep the big man until the bitter end.
Earlier, Chris Broussard of ESPN reported the Clippers were prepared to do almost anything to get Howard:
Clippers will do whatever it takes – outside of trading Blake Griffin – to get Dwight, sources say.
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