It seems that Dwight Howard is going to get his wish of being traded this offseason, but the parameters of a potential deal keep changing, and it seems anything could happen at this point.
With so many different rumors being thrown around, let’s take a look at the most heavily reported potential deal from Monday morning and then look at some of the latest chatter.
Brooklyn Nets Still Favorites
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports did a lot of legwork to map out exactly how this megatrade would work between Brooklyn and the Orlando Magic.
Here is what he came up with:
In the proposed deal, Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark would be sent to Brooklyn, and the Magic would receive the Nets' Brook Lopez, Damion James, Shelden Williams and Armon Johnson, Cleveland's Luke Walton and three future first-round picks, sources said. Cleveland would receive Orlando's Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn's Sundiata Gaines, Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Brooklyn also is in talks with the Los Angeles Clippers to exchange Brooks for an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic. If the Clippers decline to participate, other teams are in position to take on Brooks, sources said.
This deal would make the Nets one of the most powerful teams in the league, with a potential starting five of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Mirza Teletovic/Reggie Evans and DH12.
The franchise would not only be moving from NJ to Brooklyn, but also moving from the East’s basement to the top of the power rankings with a legitimate chance to win a title.
However, with these other potential deals on the table, you never know what will happen.
Atlanta Hawks Getting Down
By clearing Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams off the books, GM Danny Ferry has a ton of cap space to work with. He’s also got some valuable trading pieces to work with, such as forward Josh Smith and draft picks.
It just makes sense the Hawks are, according to Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, interested in acquiring Howard from their Southeast Division rival.
The reporter pointed out the Hawks' biggest risk is losing DH12 in free agency next season, as the big man only wishes to sign a contract extension with Brooklyn.
It may be wiser for Ferry to attempt to lure some big name free agents next summer, rather than go all-in on one year of Howard.
Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Bobcats Willing to Lend a Hand
If the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers decide against helping out Brooklyn and Orlando complete their proposed trade, the T-Wolves and ‘Cats might step in to reap the benefits.
Jared N. Rudolph of RealGM first reported this news from his sources, but it hinges on the former two teams backing out.
Minnesota and Charlotte said to be the teams willing to facilitate trade Nets-Magic trade if Cleveland or Clippers back out, sources said.— Jarrod N Rudolph (@JRudolphSports) July 10, 2012
There are a number of interested parties around the league that would love to grab MarShon Brooks from the Nets in exchange for a first-rounder to send to Orlando, but Kris Humphries is much less desirable.
The Nets need to find a willing taker for his salary in order to work a deal out for Dwight.
Houston Rockets Not Backing Off
Wojnarowski found that Rockets GM Daryl Morey is not going to give up on his quest to land DH12.
The Rockets refuse to give up on the Dwight Howard derby, gathering more assets to try and entice the Orlando Magic to engage in talks— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 10, 2012
The team has long coveted the superstar center and has not stopped acquiring assets to entice the Magic with.
Morey recently flipped Marcus Camby to the New York Knicks in exchange for Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan, Josh Harrellson and two second-round picks.
While none of these players are going to be a major piece in the Rockets' package for Howard, it gives them even more flexibility to swing a deal.
Keep it tuned here on B/R throughout the day for the latest trade rumors and whispers surrounding Dwight Howard.
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