Originally posted by blizzuntz:
How does he use the Nets for leverage? Wouldn't he get a max contract regardless?
Of course. My understanding is that he wants to be a Laker. So here's how he accomplishes that, IMO.
-He let's everyone know that he's not signing an extension with any team that trades for him mid season, and will enter free agency regardless of what happens. This scares off New Jersey (for now), because they don't want to trade Lopez + 2 first rounders and then lose him for nothing in the offseason. They're gonna have the cap space to offer him a max contract this offseason even without making this trade. The Clippers also have max contract space, so the Nets can't just trade for him and assume they'll be able to keep him because no one else can offer him the money he wants.
-So now it's the offseason, and the Lakers, Nets, & Clippers are the frontrunners for his services. At that point, Howard tells Orlando "either you sign & trade me to the Lakers, or I go to New Jersey or the Clippers and you get nothing."
At that point, it's a pretty easy decision for Orlando. A trade with the Lakers before that is a possibility as well.
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Nov 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM ]