Don't get me wrong I wouldn't be upset if we got Howard, I just think we'd be better off with better guys surrounding our stars. I think Howard's not BIG enough for NY either... He seems like a Hollywood type guy. He'll be a Laker by the deadline next season...If their is a next season.
If we could somehow work some magic and have cap space for said supporting pieces while signing another big name, then that'd be great. But I don't know if it's worth banking everything on that 3rd big name and not having enough left over to cover our own backs.
That being said, CP3 did look thoroughly depressed today. He's friends with Melo and Stat and I'm sure he was thinking "I could be playing with those guys instead of wasting away in NO." It would be ridiculous if we could land him and still have enough to fill in the rest of the pieces; I'd probably cream my pants.
Who really knows who's right or wrong here, I'm just guessing. IMO it's going to be a moot point anyways because I've heard nothing but rumors about Howard wanting to go to LA. Like I said earlier I wouldn't be upset if we got him but I just think I PERSONALLY would rather have more talent surrounding 2 all-stars that 3 all-stars and not much other help.
To me, Dwight Howard is an exception to every rule, you absolutely move Heaven & Earth to get a player of his calibre, even if it means having to trade STAT or Melo to get him I would do it. If you think what we gave up for Melo was anything to base a judgement on it's gonna take more to get Dwight Howard from the Magic in any trade. That's why I don't think we have any shot of getting him. I think he's gonna end up with the Lakers playing next to Kobe, or maybe Deron Williams gets lured to Orlando to play with him in a devastating PnR tandem in their last ditch attempt to keep him there longterm? I don't think Deron is gonna stay in NJ beyond this year. Would love to get him to the Knicks too, but with little left to deal we really need the CBA to have a higher cap limit in order to have any realistic shot at landing another megastar to complete our big 3 picture for the longterm future.
For now I'm perfectly happy with Chauncey Billups at the PG, I think he's just about the best option we could have come up with outside of any of the big names that will turn FA in 2012. Would not be upset at all if he were our consolation prize in all this after next season & we ended up extending him for another season for less money & adding other pieces around the team with whatever's left over either.
Deron being the face of their franchise for the move to Brooklyn. I think they're going to hold on to him as long as they can in hopes of him just changing his mind and staying there. It's not looking too good for the Nets now and I can't be happier. I never hated them until they started playing stupid games with us and now I hope they crash and burn.