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Brooklyn appears to be the top choice of Howard, but is it the best deal for Orlando?
The Magic might deal Howard to Brooklyn, but it's not going to happen simply because Howard wants it to (per ESPN).
It's going to happen because the Nets put together a really nice package and Orlando thinks it's the best deal they can get.
The deal, as reported by ESPN, involves multiple players and draft picks heading to the Magic while Dwight Howard and the cumbersome Hedo Turkoglu contract end up in Brooklyn.
Those players are Kris Humphries, Brook Lopez and MarShon Brooks. The draft picks are all first-round picks in the years 2013, 2015 and 2017.
For Orlando this has to be tempting. Orlando receives two frontcourt players to replace Howard. Humphries is one of only eight NBA players who averaged a double-double last season. His rebounding is more impressive than his offense.
Brook Lopez on the other hand, is an impressive offensive force for a seven-footer. He's got great footwork and a soft touch around the basket as well. Through four NBA seasons, Lopez has averaged over 17 points per game on 50.4 percent field goal efficiency.
Neither Humphries nor Lopez are adequate replacements for Howard as individuals, but, as a pair, Orlando would be getting back decent value.
MarShon Brooks is also a player that the Magic would love to add. The 25th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Brooks is coming off an up-and-down rookie season in which he started off hot, was sidelined with an injury and then had trouble finding his rhythm when he returned to health.
Brooks is inexpensive and could blossom into a solid NBA shooting guard.
Assuming that the Nets become a pretty good team after acquiring Howard, those three picks might not be lottery picks, but they're first-round picks nonetheless. Three of them.
Those three picks plus the three players make the deal pretty decent for Orlando.
Is it the best deal? Probably not, but this deal is basically there for Orlando's taking. It needs a few tweaks, but the heavy lifting has already been done.