Broussard: Nets want Howard now

Dwight Howard still appears on his way out of Orlando, despite Tuesday's performance vs. the Heat. Douglas Jones/US Presswire

Just like the NBA season has been compressed, the trade deadline action also could be, with lots of moves in just two frantic days. Here's some trade scuttlebutt making the rounds as of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning:

While the Nets would love to get Dwight Howard as a free agent, thus enabling them to keep Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks and all their other assets to build around Howard and Deron Williams, their preference is to get him before the trade deadline; just because you never know what can happen in free agency.

They'd rather trade for Howard this week and have the security of knowing he's a Net, even if it means losing some of their good young pieces and draft picks. To that end, the Nets are seeking a third team to sweeten their offer to Orlando. Orlando is believed to be trying to create a bidding war between the Nets and the Lakers for Howard. New Jersey is talking with Charlotte about a deal that would enable it to obtain Boris Diaw and his $9 million expiring contract to clear a bit more cap room for the summer.