July 11, 2012 12:00 AM
" The time has come for the Nets to make their move.
After almost a year of wrangling caused by Dwight Howard's childish need to be the center of attention 24 hours a day while remaining clueless, the Nets have to know whether or not they have a trade with the Magic in the next 12 hours or so.
Portland and Charlotte are reportedly readying offers for Brook Lopez, the restricted free agent who is the key chip in any trade with Orlando, and the Nets will not be able to make a deal when those offers come.
The Nets are working hard to make sure things don't come to that; they've guaranteed the first four years of a maximum salary offer to Lopez, with the promise of a fifth year that would push his total compensation to $78 million. It is an insane contract for a player who played just five games last year and has averaged a paltry number of rebounds despite being very tall and positioned near the hoop "
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