Deron Williams and Dwight Howard first started talking about joining forces -- in Orlando -- when they were Olympic teammates in 2008. Four years later, it appears closer to becoming a reality, but in Brooklyn.

The Nets and Magic are discussing a complicated deal that could include four teams, at least a dozen players, several draft picks -- and Howard ending up in Brooklyn.

Williams likes the sound of that and the Nets' future if the trade pans out.

"I think we'll be good," he said after the 2012 Olympic team practiced Monday. "I think we'll be one of the top teams in the East for sure, top teams in the NBA. It just depends on how everybody jells and comes together as a team. It took Miami a year, losing in the Finals and this year, they came out and were better."

If the Nets can complete this deal, which would feature Brook Lopez going to Orlando and Kris Humphries to Cleveland in sign-and-trades, they would have their own Big Three of Williams, Howard and Joe Johnson.

"That's the way you got to go right now to compete with Miami," Williams said.

If this move happens, the Nets also might become the best team in New York.