It appears as if the much talked about Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets trade is coming soon.The move would involve at least one more team (possibly Cleveland). And due to the Nets’ salary cap situation, it may also go down as one of the more complex NBA transactions in recent years.
A key component of the deal would have Brooklyn sending Brook Lopez to the Orlando Magic in a sign-and-trade.
Lopez is a restricted free agent looking for a max deal, so if he’s part of a Dwight Howard trade that max contact would be for an insane $58 million over four years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Lopez is a nice player who averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game during his last full season in 2010-11 (he only played in five games last year).
But at $17 million per season he’d be making more money than fellow big men Andrew Bynum, Kevin Love and Zach Randolph.
And for as good as Lopez’s 2010-11 numbers may look like, they pale in comparison to what those other three players bring to the table.
Lopez can score but his game has some serious limits: he’s a poor rebounder and can’t defend all that well either.
Likewise, Lopez’s win shares per 48 minutes (a measure of how many wins a player provides per game) is just .114 over his career, which is only 14 per cent better than league average. Guys like Bynum and Love are consistently among the league leaders in the .18 range or above.
Basically, a key component of a Dwight Howard trade involves giving an overrated (see: points per game) centre who doesn’t bring very much to the table a ton of money so the contracts in the deal can all match up.
Throw this one up as just another wasted contract in today’s over-spending NBA.
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