Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 3:15 pm  |  46 responses

Proposed Dwight Howard Trade Reportedly Involves 10 Players, 3 Teams

More and more, it’s starting to feel as though it’s only a matter of time until Dwight Howard takes up residence in Brooklyn. The superstar center and a slew of other players (up to 10 so far) are set to change addresses, should the deal finally — mercifully — go through. Per Yahoo! Sports: “The tentacles of the proposed deal stretched across more than 10 players and three teams on Monday morning, with the Nets recruiting a fourth team to take on guard MarShon Brooks in exchange for an additional draft pick to send to Orlando. 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, Sheldon Williams, Cleveland’s Luke Walton and three future first-round picks, sources said. Cleveland would receive Orlando’s Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn’s Sundiata Gaines, Kris Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Brooklyn also would send Brooks to a fourth team to get them an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic. Talks between the Magic and Nets remain fluid with some of the deal’s parts moving in and out based on different scenarios. One proposed hangup to a trade: Humphries would be against taking a one-year contract with the Cavs, instead seeking a four-year deal, a league source said. Despite Orlando’s desire to make Lakers center Andrew Bynum the centerpiece of a trade package, a significant stumbling block remains in Bynum’s reluctance to commit to a long-term contract if he’s raded to the Magic, sources said. Orlando doesn’t want to face the possibility of trading for Bynum only to lose him to free agency after the upcoming season. The appeal of the Lakers’ potential package for Bynum has also been diminished with Los Angeles sending its 2013 and 2015 first-round draft picks to the Phoenix Suns in the Steve Nash sign-and-trade deal. The NBA doesn’t allow teams to trade first-round picks in consecutive years, so the Lakers can’t offer Orlando their 2014 and 2016 first-round picks. The Magic are portraying patience in making a deal for Howard, but have a strong distaste for engaging in a prolonged process that drags into the summer. From new general manager Rob Hennigan through Orlando ownership, the Magic want to find the best possible deal for Howard soon and cut ties with him, sources said.”

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  • MDubb3

    In The Last Year, Dwight Has Caused So Much Pain And Trouble. And Its Like He Doesnt Realize It.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    this is terrible for the Magic.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Cleveland’s Luke Walton. The man still lives?

  • O

    The Nets will have a dope starting 5, but the bench is gonna be suspect. And I don’t mean OJ Simpson suspect, I mean John Travolta suspect…

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    why would they help the nets out?

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Um. What. So basically, if this goes through, the net effect would be (across a couple of trades), Dwight, Vince, Pietrus, and Gortat for Lopez, Turkoglu, scrubs, and three lame draft picks? Life sucks as an Orlando fan, gentlemen.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nah, they replace Mashon Brooks with Jason Richardson off the bench. That’s quality. They already have Gerald Green locked up too and Earl Clark will be one of their back up big men. They have to sign anotehr big, a back up point guard and probably one more wing. Miami has shown that filler can be quite useful. They could look to bring back Shawne Williams, and see what Keith Bogans wants for one year.
    First year Brooklyn will have its issues, but still be dangerous. Year two and three, they will be right there with Miami.

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  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    So Orlando’s line-up looks like: Jameer, Redick, Hedo, Baby, Lopez with Duhon, Ayon, Nicholson and -gulp- Walton off the bench? Way to pick a horrible year to tank, Magic. Sigh…

  • Sheed

    Orlando is shaping up (down?) to be the worst team in the NBA next season. I’m sure the fans are ecstatic

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY05

    Send Dwight Howard somewhere pleeeeease so we can get this over with. The Lakers, Bobcats, D-League, wherever! Just get him out of Orlando. This is getting ridiculous!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Plus the Houston pick they are getting is top 13 protected until 2016 when it turns into a 2nd rounder. And all the Nets picks will be no better than 20. Oh and then they will have to sign Lopez to about a max deal next summer. The Magic are in such a bad position. Otis Smith and whoever helped him make decisions just totally crippled that franchise over the last 5 years. Amazing.

  • AM

    Everyone is tired of Dwight Howard.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Caboose, although draft 2013 isn’t as deep as 2012, They do have some great prospects to look out for. Namely Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Muhammad, and Cody Zeller. As of now (no particular order) those are the top 3.

  • Heals

    Surprised of all the names mentioned that Brooks might be the one they have trouble finding a landing spot for. Kid can hoop…

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    True niQ, but I can only hope that the Magic tank that badly. Which they probably won’t. But the Magic are set to have low talent with a high salary. Yikes.

  • anonymous

    Brook Lopez, Damion James, Sheldon Williams, Cleveland’s Luke Walton and three future first-round picks? seriously? that`s horrible for orlando. since the lakers-bynum deal doesnt seem to be happening it would seem like the next best option for orlando is a 3 team trade involving atlanta`s horford, teague and harris. this current deal makes no sense for the magic. the only active decent player they`ll be getting back is lopez who only played 5 games last season. the last 2 seasons lopez` rebound averages were 6.0 and 3.6 per game while dwight`s were 14.1 and 14.5. and lopez is a true 7 footer while dwight is 6-11. humphries` at 6-9 out-rebounded lopez in the same period: 10.4 and 11.0. I don`t get it.

  • D12FSU

    Nerlens Noel or Shabazz Muhammed please.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    They are calling the 2013 draft the worst since 2006

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    They might start burning crosses in Dwight Howard’s lawn in Orlando real soon

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Anonymous, interesting fact, only 4 players over 7 feet have ever led the league in rebounding: Wilt, Kareem, Admiral, and Mutombo. (Most places list Hakeem as 6’11, but if you count him as 7’0, then 5).

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I don’t care how bad the deal is for any team — just do this already and end the misery.

  • AiRsMiTh

    nice stat Caboose. Only 5? Guess it makes sense.

  • LA Huey

    This summer would be better than any Nets fan could hope for if they Nets pull this off.

  • anonymous

    @caboose yes that is an interesting fact but lopez is not the best option being presented at pf or center and his rebounds #s are heading in the wrong direction. he actually averaged about 8 rebounds a game in his first couple of years and it`s steadily dropping. rebounding is a product of technique (box out), effort, persistence, the aggressive pursuit of the basketball and good instincts. these are qualities that lopez lack and orlando is basically giving away dwight howard for this and some uncertain future nba players (picks). it`s very dangerous as an organization that is looking to rebuild to rely so heavily on drafts especially with the diminished talent pool thats coming from the college game. orlando needs to get back a nice combination of good active players and future picks – this current deal is too dependent on picks.

  • pfft

    Am I the only Magic fan who secretly hopes for the Nets plane to go down next year?

  • bike

    Somebody on this site, whose name I will not mention, swore up and down that Orlando will never do this. I still can’t believe the Magic will agree to this. They must consider Dwight a giant tumor that needs to be removed even if 90 percent of your guts go with it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Double J

    Ummm that is the worst trade for a superstar one could possibly imagine… I’d take Bynum and Bynum alone over that group of players. Poor poor Orlando.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Bike, that was me. I didn’t think Orlando was this stupid. I mean, this is so impossibly stupid. I would take the Houston deal. And just bottom out. That’s by far a better option than this.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    This is terrible for the Magic… LOL if they actually do this. And of course Daryl Morey spends the entire year trying to land a superstar and totally does not land a superstar.

  • Basketball_iQ

    From the looks of it, Orlando just wants to re-build again. And whats up with no one wanting MarshonBrooks? Must be some behind the scenes character issues or something.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The consensus is the best way to rebuild on the cheap is through the draft. That’s why Orlando is making this move. They figure they should just take their medicine now, and move on.
    You draft well, make a couple signings and you can be a playoff team in two to three years. The key is drafting a game changer.

  • LA Huey

    IQ, I’ve read that it’s not about not wanting to trade a 1st rounder for Brooks, it’s about not wanting to help build a team that you can’t beat in the future.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Two or Three Years? With Jameer, Glenn Davis, and Brook Lopez as your guaranteed starter at the 1 – 4 – 5? Come on. At the earliest, Orlando will be back in the playoffs in 4 years. And that’s the very very earliest. Sh*t they are still stuck with Turkoglu, who is owed $23,600,000.00 over the next 2 years.

  • anonymous

    @allenp lol. orl just resigned nelson as their future pg and with “6 rebounds a game” lopez manning the center position they`re not going to be anywhere but in total turmoil in 2 or 3 yrs. if the trade goes through they`ll still have hedo on their payroll. please tell me more about this great rebuilding plan. orl will be taking their medicine for at least the next 5 years if they agree to this.

  • http://slamonline.com LLC#12

    Howard, Johnson, Williams and a junk pile isn’t going to get very far

  • neaorin

    This doesn’t make much sense for Cleveland. Taking on all those players for a late first rounder and $3 million isn’t anything to write home about. On the plus side, they’d get rid of Luke Walton.

  • Jono

    Howard should get more negativity than LeBron for this. This is disgraceful.

  • Allenp

    Okay. Don’t see why the Houston deal is so hot but I am outnumbered. And I don’t like the Atlanta deal.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Anybody else think Brook could go and average more boards if he had a solid coach behind him? He really only had that one horrible season where he averaged 6 boards, and that was Hump’s breakout year. He put up 19-9 the year prior. With some help, I really think he can be at least an average rebounder a la LaMarcus Aldridge. Or that’s me trying to rationalize Orlando’s behavior. Whatever.

  • james

    Just make the Houston or the Lakers deal.. Dont do what Howard really wants..Just do what makes your fans happy and good for your organization.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Stan van gundy is laughing his a$$ off somewhere

  • Lan

    a 4 team trade with over 10 players. What next?

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  • Basketball_iQ

    lopez and three stiffs for howard? what tool put this together for orlando and didnt involve marshon brooks for themselves?? This kid is a pure scorer. DamienJames? Walton? wtf!? I guess.

  • people_the_stupid

    dwight howard seems to have backstabbed his superman persona with a chunk of kryptonite ego…