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Report: Magic, Nets in talks to send Dwight Howard to Brooklyn

Jul 3, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

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Twenty-four hours ago it looked like the Nets were moving on from Dwight Howard, but things change fast in free agency. I say change fast because a version of this deal wasn’t good enough for Orlando at last year’s trade deadline and even recently we heard the sides were far apart, but suddenly everything has changed?

Maybe. Chris Broussard of ESPN tweets that they are.

Sources: The Nets & Magic are discussing a trade that would send Dwight Howard to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks… and the Nets’ first-round picks in 2013, 2015 and 2017….move would give Nets Big 3 of D-Will, Dwight & Joe Johnson

Would, could, but it’s not that simple.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports that the Magic want (and the Nets are good with) Hedo Turkoglu and the two years, $23 million left on his contract to be part of the trade. Which I would insist on if I were the Magic because if I’m Orlando and I’m rebuilding I don’t want that anchor of a deal on the books. But adding that contract into the mix complicates the deal immensely.

Already this is a far from simple deal. Both Humphries and Brooks are free agents who would have to agree to a sign-and-trades to the Magic, for example. You may… actually, you will have to overpay both of them to get them to go to Orlando.

To make the deal work a third team has to come in and take on Humphries in a sign-and-trade to keep him off the Magic’s books, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. This could actually end up being a complex series of sign-and-trade deals with a lot of moving parts. It is not straight forward. A lot of things could blow it up.

And there are multiple reports this is not the only deal the Magic are currently working on involving Howard — CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger calls it a full court press with the Magic talking to the Lakers, Hawks, Mavericks, Rockets and pretty much anyone else interested. How serious those other talks are is unclear.

What is clear is that this may not happen quickly (certainly not as quickly as Howard and Nets fans hope). No deal could be consummated until July 11, so the Magic are not under any pressure to agree to terms right now.

If  if it works, Nets GM Billy King will have pulled off a trade for the ages. The Nets would have D-Will at the point, Joe Johnson at the two, Gerald Wallace at the three and Howard in the paint. A few days ago that would have seemed impossible. And it’s going to cost Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov a lot of money — just that starting four plus Turkoglu would have the Nets $9 million into the luxury tax without anyone else on the roster. Of course, he can afford it. And he would certainly have a team that could open the new Barclays Center.

Howard saying he would only re-sign in Brooklyn certainly helped the two sides come come together and talk — teams like the Lakers and Clippers reportedly have interest in Howard but only if he agreed to stay with them. The number of trading partners the Magic had has fallen off and they don’t want him back when training camp opens.

So Howard may get his way, he may land in the New York marketplace, in a brand new building on a very competitive team.

Maybe. Things change fast in free agency.

  1. ebrownwareagle - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Depth!! Yeah right. This is the NBA. 7 Deep. And with 3 All star studs DHoward DWill and Joe. And Wallace in the background. The Only team in the east that’s better is Miami b/c they are the CHAMPS!

  2. lucky5934 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    If I was the Thunder mgt. I would be making a push for Howard. They have talented players to offer in a trade, they have a well adjusted locker room, and a loyal fan base.

    • wjmoffatt - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      I would be offering Perkins and Harden

  3. wjmoffatt - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    A list of players that are on contracts that Nets could afford, not saying they’ll get these players but they could find players like them:
    -Jeff Teague 1.5
    -Avery Bradley 1.5
    -Taj Gibson 1.2
    -Omri Casspi 1.3
    -Derron Collison 1.5
    -Tony Douglass 1.1
    -Jordan Crawford 1.1
    – Kennith Faried 1.3
    -eric Bledsoe 1.6
    -Chase Budinger 0.8
    -Issah Thomas 0.4
    -DeJuan Blair 1
    -Gary Neal 0.7

  4. zzztknk - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Hope the Magic make this deal with the Nets. I can only imagine what the city of Orlando and the fans, and Howard, and the new coach of the Magic would go through next season!

  5. fanz928 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Fact is there is no better deal

  6. cereal blogger - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Of course they are b/c the NBA is R-I-G-G-E-D

  7. blakspartan - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    To those saying the heat should have a asterisk on their championship, it should be the same way with the 1999 San Antonio spurs, when the season was only 30 something games, now that season should be erased from the history books never to be mentioned again, anyone who brings it up should receive 30 lashings with a whip lol

  8. detroitrollin22 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Nets should have never traded for Joe Johnson. A big 3 of D-Will, Brooks, and Howard would have been better both economically and for the future.

    • wjmoffatt - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Who cares about the future, only thing that matters is getting that ring!

  9. md23rewlz - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    If you’re Orlando, there’s absolutely no reason to do this trade right now. You have all of the leverage–not Howard, not the Nets. Squeeze the life out of New Jersey here. Cripple them. If they want Howard, if Howard insists he’s going there, make them squirm. Field offers from other teams. Play hardball. There is no deadline here. The Nets are more or less offering a bucket of crud here–granted, that’s pretty much all they have to offer…

    • wjmoffatt - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      You can’t be serious, well what’s a better offer that they will get then smart guy?
      Keep in mind that LA won’t do the deal since Howard won’t sign long term, Omar Asik signed somewhere else……So what’s a better deal

      • ccshocktalk - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Personally the better deal is getting Kirilenko from his Moscow club, or just sending his a$$ packing to China for $20,000,000.00…those clubs were paying for guys like J.R Smith, and our college kids and high school kids to come play…and the fact he was in a Chinese scifi movie would make it that much more enticing and whatever club in China got him would make probably double their money…so, I say send him to China or Moscow…to countries that will not put up with little cry babies.

  10. paulhargis53 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Standing pat with the Heats roster, and they are the team to beat because they won the last title? That’s grade school thinking.
    Records are 0-0 to start the season. Other teams are improving, you stand pat. Doesn’t make sense.

    The Heat won, great, I’m happy for them.
    Free agency is about next year, not who won the last title.
    Celtics will be healthy and better, Nets, if this trade flies, vastly improved.
    _OKC is a year older and got the sod in Jones III . Spurs will work their magic. Clippers will be right there. Bulls once they get Rose back.

    Not a foregone conclusion the Heat even make it back to the finals.

    • wjmoffatt - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      Leaving out a team that gave them one hell of a series, the Pacers could be getting a lot better if they land OJ Mayor or Crawford. I’m sure they’ll resign Roy too. If Knicks get Steve Nash then they too will be more formidable for the Heat.

      • patsmiley - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        More formidable? Perhaps. But as long as you got lebron, wade and bosh.. The heat will always be the team to beat.. Don’t get it twisted

    • duane888 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      The Heat’s big 3 are not going anywhere for the next 3 years atleast. What other 2 man combo is better than Lebron & Wade (with his knee repaired) driving in the paint??

      All they have to do is tinker here & there & plug any weak holes they had. They’re currently working on getting Ray Allen.

      They are still the team to beat no matter who does what this off-season !!

  11. loukwarm - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I am no Heat it LeBron fan, but they did what was they were built to do, win a ring…BUT this isn’t about them…This is not a terrible trade for the Magic, they get back 3 solid players to re-tool with, and shed Hedos huge contract. I agree the picks are fodder as the Nets should be good, but can be throw in as bargaining chips for other deals. The end result of this is a new center, and 2 guard, both on the upside of their careers, and a solid double-double guy in Kris to go with the other Hump, Ryan…and good cap room flexibility. It’s not great, but what else is out there?!?!

    P.S. I am a Knicks fan, and am sure we are more than just a Nash signing away from beating the Heat, but again, what else is there?

  12. knightrider1755 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Prokhorov is like a high-stakes poker player. He loves a challenge. He will do whatever it takes to win. Money is no obstacle and he will relentlessly play the game with unmitigated fervor and unbridled energy. Entering into the NBA sweepstakes as an owner is a dream of a lifetime to him. It’s a chance to show American businessman that he is sharp and that he can compete with the best of them at their own game. He is clever like a fox and pursues his prey with wreckless abandon. He’s very cunning and shrewd, as Dolan found out in the Melo deal when he drove up the price for Melo by engaging in a bidding war, even though he knew it was a hopeless cause, just to get Dolan to pay more. In the end he will get Dwight, one way or the other, sooner or later. He knows how to play the game and play it well. Indeed.

  13. fanz928 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Will this trade work 3 team trade of brooklyn kings and magics nets: Lopez brooks, hump and 3 future first round pick magics: Turk Dwight Anderson Nelson Clark kings: Evans and cousins brooklyn gets Turk Howard kings: Lopez and Nelson Anderson and picks magic gets: Evans cousins Brooks hump and 2013 pick from nets

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