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Henry: Favors the real deal, but will he be used to get 'Melo?

Marcus Henry | 4/12/2011, 5:23 p.m.

The Nets took their shot at the Heat and failed miserably in a 101-78 loss on Sunday. But this team has no business even being compared to Miami right now.

A year removed from a 70-loss season, the Nets can't look ahead. Every game is going to be a fight. The only thing we do know for sure is that the Nets, who fell to the Charlotte Bobcats, 85-83, on Wednesday night, won't lose 70 games.

Even after just a week of basketball, there is a lot to like about this team. And Derrick Favors is one of the many positive aspects. Nets coach Avery Johnson has opted to bring the former Georgia Tech standout off the bench to help ease his transition into the league. Johnson looks like a genius, because Favors has played well in limited minutes.

He reached double figures in scoring in three of his first four games, including a 13-point, 13-rebound effort against the Heat. "He was doing it against some physical guys, Haslem, Bosh and Joel Anthony," Johnson said. "He was digging it out against all those guys. He just didn't quit."

Favors had 11 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes of action in Wednesday's loss to the Bobcats.

Favors was especially a terror on the offensive boards against as he hauled in 10 against the Heat. But he knows it will take some time to get going on offense. "I try to make an impact by rebounding, keeping balls alive and just trying to get myself going offensively, too," Favors said.

So far it looks like the Nets have a keeper in Favors, which begs the question: will he be dangled as trade bait? The Nets are still in the hunt to acquire Carmelo Anthony. Talk around the league is that the Nets, along with the Knicks and Bulls, are one of the front runners. To bring in him Devin Harris will certainly have to go.

The next player on the Denver Nuggets wish list would likely be Favors. With Kenyon Martin in a walk-year and Nene Hilario on the books for just one more season, it stands to reason the Nuggets would love to bring in a young talented power forward.

A shakeup could come sooner than you think.