The Magic easily handled the Nets last night behind Dwight Howard's 20 points and 17 rebounds — after Orlando jumped out to a 17-point first quarter lead, the teams, rather improbably, tied each of the remaining quarters, resulting in a 108-91 Magic win. However, Howard was humbled by the show the Nets put on for him, including a pyrotechnic display and chants of "We want Dwight!" Howard declined comment when asked if saw potential in New Jersey's current roster, says Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com, but that won't stop the rumors and speculation from flying. Here's the latest on Howard:
- Howard's agent Dan Fegan "badly wants a client in the New York market," according to Dave D'Alessandro of the Star-Ledger.
- While his name has frequently popped up in Howard trade rumors, Brook Lopez would love to play with D12, as he tells Fred Kerber of the New York Post. This scenario could only happen if Howard signed with the Nets as a free agent.
- RealGM has a year-by-year breakdown of the contracts Howard could sign in free agency with his end-of-season team or a new team.