By Will Yoder
March 14, 2012

The New Jersey Nets would prefer to trade for Dwight Howard now rather than wait until he becomes a free agent after this season, according to ESPN.

While acquiring Howard as a free-agent would allow the Nets to keep major building blocks, such as Brook Lopez and MarShon Brooks, a trade would guarantee that the team would get their hands on the center. If Howard becomes a free-agent, the possibility remains that he could sign with another team.

Reports have indicated that the Nets are currently seeking a third party to sweeten their offer to Orlando to acquire the seven-footer. However, many believe that Orlando is trying to pin the Nets against the Lakers to drive up the asking price.

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