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THE EXCHANGE OF HOWARD TO THE NETS ADVANCES
Thu, 12 Jul 2012 03:09 AM EDT

The Brooklyn Nets’ persistent efforts to hire the Cleveland Cavaliers as a 3rd team to help them hammer home a trade for Dwight Howard are starting to repay, according to sources near to the process.

Sources announced the Nets and Magic are carefully hopeful the Cavaliers will help them facilitate a 3-way trade that lands Howard in Brooklyn. NFL scores

As a part of their due research the Nets and Magic have exchanged medical info on Howard, who had back surgery, and Brook Lopez, who had foot surgery, sources said. Lopez would likely be headed to Orlando in any agreement.

Free agent Kris Humphries would be one of the key pieces headed to Cleveland in the proposed agreement.

The Cavaliers Nonetheless, have enough cap space to sign Humphries outright, so they have requested further assets from their 2 prospective trade partners.

A key in any potential deal, sources related, is swingman Marshon Brooks, whom the Nets are offering to potential 3rd-team facilitators to make a Howard-to-Brooklyn trade possible.

Although the Nets have made Brooks available, sources say the Magic are not interested and he’s being shopped someplace else, including Cleveland, to find a package that suits Orlando.

The Nets’ weekend attempts to convince the Cavaliers to take on Humphries are the newest of a few suggestions Brooklyn has made to the Magic and, in reality isn’t completely new.

A week or two gone, just before Orlando hired Rob Hennigan as its new GM, Brooklyn offered a corresponding 3-team trade suggestion to the Cavs, sources related, only to be turned down by the Magic.

Hennigan now appears to be happy to consider the offer. And sources close to the process have voiced cautious optimism that the negotiations could go to a rather more serious stage.

But there’s another potential hurdle the Nets and Magic are fighting.

Multiple league corporate executives related there is growing disinclination among some teams to participate in the kind of 3-team agreement that would get Howard to Brooklyn, amid some leaguewide discontentment that the Los Angeles Lakers were able to swing a deal for Steve Nash last week.

Being the cog in creating another super team in Brooklyn, with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson already in the mix, isn’t palatable to some teams concerned about competitive balance.

“You can talk of the new (luxury) tax all you would like, but if the Lakers get Nash and the Nets get Howard, then what did the new CBA accomplish?” one General Manager claimed. “You have to realize part of long term planning is making sure you don’t help create teams you cannot beat.”

Nevertheless, after a few days of silence, Brooklyn and Orlando commenced deliberating potential trades again, sources said. The Nets proposed sending a package of Lopez and Humphries, both thru sign-and-trade deals, plus Brooks and three future 1st-round draft picks.

But Orlando doesn’t want Humphries or Brooks, so the Nets started looking out for a 3rd team to tug in to help push the deal thru. The Magic continue to speak with other teams, including the L.A Lakers and Houston Rockets, about possible deals, but nothing has aroused their interest, sources say.


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