|Nets, Cavs Working On Blockbuster Deal For Dwight|
Could the Dwight Howard drama be finally coming to an end? According to reports the Brooklyn Nets are close to convincing the Cleveland Cavaliers become the third party in a trade with the Orlando Magic that would see Dwight become the face of the Nets. As time wore on it became increasingy evident that the Magic were not interested in a straight-up swap for Brook Lopez and the Nets would have to use another team to help facilitate the deal.
The potential deal has been reported to include up to 14 players spread over the three teams.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets and Magic are cautiously optimistic that the Cavaliers will help them facilitate a three-way trade that lands Howard in Brooklyn. Free agent Kris Humphries would be one of the key pieces headed to Cleveland in the proposed deal.
The Cavaliers, however, have enough cap space to sign Humphries outright, so they have requested additional assets from their two prospective trade partners.
A key in any potential deal, sources said, is swingman Marshon Brooks, whom the Nets are offering to prospective third-team facilitators to make a Howard-to-Brooklyn trade possible.
Although the Nets have made Brooks available, sources say the Magic aren't interested and he's being shopped elsewhere, including Cleveland, to find a package that suits Orlando.
The Nets' weekend attempts to convince the Cavaliers to take on Humphries is the latest of several proposals Brooklyn has made to the Magic and, in fact, is not completely new.
A couple of weeks ago, just before Orlando hired Rob Hennigan as its new general manager, Brooklyn offered a similar three-team trade proposal to the Cavs, sources said, only to be turned down by the Magic.
Hennigan now appears to be willing to consider the offer. And sources close to the process have expressed cautious optimism that the negotiations could proceed to a more serious stage.
"The deal is progressing, but nothing's imminent,'' said one source close to the talks.
|Last Updated ( Monday, 09 July 2012 14:04 )|