Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 1/24/13
Dwight Howard always wanted to go to Brooklyn. The newness of the franchise and the chance to create a new legacy -- in a big market -- enticed Howard greatly. If only the other half of his mind had not convinced him to stay in Orlando for another half year and send himself into purgatory and eventually re-request his trade out of Central Florida. By the time Howard had finally decided there was no going back to Orlando -- he had already physically left The City Beautiful in March for back surgery -- the Nets had moved on. Literally to Brooklyn but also past Howard. The Nets were done waiting. And they are done waiting now, even if Dwight Howard wants to pull them back in. Tuesday, Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM reported that Nets general manager Billy King has quietly been looking for a third team to help facilitate a deal that would bring Dwight Howard to his desired location, Brooklyn. According to sources, King was planning to contact the Minnesota Timberwolves in order to gauge their interest in a three-team trade that would send Kevin Love to the Lakers, Brook Lopez to the Timberwolves and Dwight Howard to the Nets. Other small pieces would need to be included, but the proposed trade was thought to be intriguing enough to start conversations in the Lakers front office that would force them to deal with Howard earlier than planned. That idea, however, was hurt when Love was sidelined 8-10 weeks with a broken hand. The Nets believed the Lakers would be interested in Love, but not an injured Love, even if they’re facing missing the playoffs, according to sources. King will still look around for an attractive piece for the Lakers, but won’t make getting Howard as big a priority as last season, according to sources. But he will continue to watch the Lakers and explore intriguing trade options, sources said. The report was vehemently refuted by a source to NetsDaily.com: Nets source: Howard trade rumor "total BS" ... "fabricated" by "Jarrod Whatever His Name Is" Strong words delivered minutes after report. — NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) January 22, 2013 Whether or not such a deal was discussed seriously or if the Nets and King were simply doing their due diligence is completely unknown. It depends on which reporter you want to believe. As Nets Daily notes, several Nets sources have said the Nets are happy with Brook Lopez, who is gaining All-Star consideration, and have no intentions of shaking things up. Particularly since the Nets have gotten out of their little mid-season funk and are making a run to take the Knicks off their Atlantic Division perch. Again, it depends on what you want to believe. Remember though, Rudolph was in front of the Dwight Howard story in Orlando and was the one who broke the story that Howard would opt-in to the final year of his deal. It is just as possible that both guys are right with the Nets denying their interest in a trade to keep team morale up and a discontented Howard having his people leak information out or begin investigating the structure of a deal to get him what he wants. Who knows? I do not know what is really going on. Your theory is as good as mine. This just feels all too familiar with the speculation and rumors surrounding Howard. What we do know though is the Lakers are struggling. And that Dwight Howard has not looked like the same happy-go-lucky, dominant Howard in Los Angeles. The weight of the world is still on his shoulders it seems. And if he is not happy with his situation in Los Angeles, he can still elect to leave in free agency. Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN Los Angeles report the Lakers still feel confident they can resign Howard, but his growing discontent with Mike D'Antoni and his role in the team's offense is making the Lakers nervous. It is not surprising to hear that Los Angeles is beginning to explore their trade options. Howard is keeping quiet, predictably. Unpredictably though, Howard re-aggravated his shoulder injury in Wednesday's loss to Memphis. He is going back to Los Angeles to have his shoulder examined again. He could miss more time. That could throw a wrench in any trade plans. And so it all begins again. Wake me when it is over. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kevin Love hurts shoulder after Kent Bazemore lands on it

Trump picks up endorsement from Lou Holtz, Gene Keady

Did Lakers commit tampering violation with Magic’s tweets?

Larry Bird, Pacers don’t sound committed to Frank Vogel

Justin Verlander, Kate Upton are engaged

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Josh Norman: Odell Beckham Jr. ‘trying to steal my bologna’

JJ Hardy reportedly out 6-8 weeks with fractured left foot

Title game hero Kris Jenkins returning to Villanova

University of Illinois is finally ready to find a new mascot

Luke Walton: D’Angelo Russell ‘can be a perennial All-Star’

Myles Jack: Fall out of first round was ‘humiliating’

WATCH: Billy Donovan plays dumb about SAS-OKC final play

Some questions about Space Jam 2 that need answers

Durant talks about getting name-drop on Drake's album

Hulk Hogan suing Gawker for leaking tape of racist rant

Randy Johnson to have street at Chase Field named after him

Five bizarre moments in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Barry Trotz is disappointed with Brooks Orpik suspension

Lou Lamoriello hopes the Leafs never get the first pick again

Questions for the second-round NBA playoffs series

Softball team loses title due to premature celebration

After avoiding losing, the Raptors can focus on winning

How the Sharks have 'weathered the storm' against the Predators

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five bizarre moments in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

How the Sharks have 'weathered the storm' against the Predators

Okay, who stole the Kansas City Royals player off that billboard?

Eight players to watch in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

A Round-By-Round Look At the NFL Draft

10 biggest takeaways from the NBA playoffs thus far

QUIZ: Name every No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft since 1985

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Sharks vs. Predators

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Blues vs. Stars

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Capitals vs. Penguins

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker