WOJ: Brooklyn Nets emerge again as strong contender to land Dwight Howard

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 07-08-2012, 09:32 PM         #1
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WOJ: Brooklyn Nets emerge again as strong contender to land Dwight Howard
 

 

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The Orlando Magic have intensified discussions about trading Dwight Howard, and the Brooklyn Nets are rapidly overtaking the Los Angeles Lakers as the strongest contender to land the disenchanted All-Star center, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Dwight Howard has listed only one team as his desired trade destination: the Brooklyn Nets. (AP)
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 traded 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.

As Orlando sorts through the offers, Howard's potential destination is increasingly looking like the Nets, sources said.

Bynum, 24, has one year left on his Lakers’ contract and has a short list of potential teams with salary-cap space and supporting cast that primarily include the Dallas Mavericks and

Houston Rockets with the Cleveland Cavaliers and a "couple others" on the list, league sources said. If Bynum remains with the Lakers past the Howard derby, he’ll have strong incentive to accept a maximum contract extension to stay in L.A., sources said. Otherwise, he has expressed a desire to test the free-agent market.

As much as Hennigan prefers to send Howard to a Western Conference team, the Magic keep coming back to the Nets as the best, safest package. Howard’s preferred trade partner – Brooklyn – has pushed into overdrive in offering up trade scenarios and options for the Magic, sources said. For now, Orlando prefers Nets restricted free-agent center Brook Lopez as a centerpiece player over having its pick of the Houston Rockets' roster, sources said.

The Nets started extension discussions with Lopez over the weekend, preparing for the possibility he could stay with them on a five-year deal or be moved to the Magic in a four-year contract as part of a sign-and-trade package for Howard. Lopez has been seeking a maximum contract extension --- five years for $75 million --- from Brooklyn, but the two sides are still negotiating a number. If Lopez is sent to the Magic in a sign-and-trade, the most he could get is $58 million over four years.

There have been three-team scenarios discussed where Orlando gets Lopez, and others where he could go elsewhere and the Magic would be compensated with as many as four future first-round draft picks, sources said. Nevertheless, the Magic are likely to take Lopez for themselves should they trade Howard to the Nets.

Hennigan has been consistent in pushing teams to offer him multiple first-round picks, as
well as be able to absorb one of the Magic’s high-priced veteran contracts, including Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson, sources said.

Brooklyn has been searching for a third team willing to take free-agent forward Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade deal. One team with salary-cap space – the Cleveland

Cavaliers – would be willing to take Humphries on a potential one-year, $8 million or $9 million contract with no small condition: The Cavaliers would have to be compensated with at least one first-round draft pick, sources said. The Cavaliers have no interest in Humphries, one of the league’s best rebounders, as they rebuild their roster with young talent, and would add him exclusively as a means to stockpile even more draft picks over the next few years.

Orlando further signaled its desire to start a complete rebuilding process when it sent restricted free-agent forward Ryan Anderson to the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday in a sign-and-trade deal. Anderson would’ve signed an offer sheet with the Hornets for $36 million over four years, and the Magic decided that was too steep a price to match. They Magic acquired backup center Gustavo Ayon in the sign-and-trade deal.



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 5 years ago '05        #2
BronxBombers 195 heat pts195
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He's Not Coming Get it Thru Y'all Heads Already


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 07-08-2012, 09:35 PM         #3
Lannister  OP
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KNICKS LOST f*ggot
 07-08-2012, 09:36 PM         #4
Lannister  OP
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my bad.


f*ggotS
 5 years ago '06        #5
Rique 55 heat pts55
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no more threads until the deal leaks tomorrow. Just be patient man
 5 years ago '05        #6
TattooedMPsz 47 heat pts47
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 5 years ago '10        #7
SmoothTay 23 heat pts23
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Bad back Dwight



Get him please
 5 years ago '07        #8
bluehefner96 85 heat pts85
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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.
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BronxBombers 195 heat pts195
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 100ms said:
Rique man imma fu*kin put hands on u dude...chill
 5 years ago '09        #10
BrooklynStiles 67 heat pts67
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 Rique said:
no more threads until the deal leaks tomorrow. Just be patient man

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 07-08-2012, 09:42 PM         #11
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 Bronxbombers said:
He's Not Coming Get it Thru Y'all Heads Already


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I fu*king lol'ed
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TattooedMPsz 47 heat pts47
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 100ms said:
Rique man imma fu*kin put hands on u dude...chill
Put hands on em
 5 years ago '05        #14
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so sick of this bi*ch DH man just trade this fu*kboy and lets move on
 07-08-2012, 09:44 PM         #15
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 100ms said:
Rique man imma fu*kin put hands on u dude...chill
^^^This f*ggot Losing out here...
 5 years ago '06        #16
Rique 55 heat pts55
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100L'z gonna lose more than jamacnuglyboy tomorrow. This n*gga is following me all over bxsc. n*gga typing about putting hands on me thoo haaaaaa
 07-08-2012, 09:45 PM         #17
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Jarrod N Rudolph ‏@Sources: Magic, Nets and Cavaliers near completion of Dwight Howard trade. Deal will include 11 players, cash and multiple draft picks.
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BronxBombers 195 heat pts195
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AlexKennedyNBA: The Magic, Nets and Cavaliers are in serious talks on a three-team trade that involves Dwight Howard and many other players.

JRudolphSports: Sources: Magic, Nets and Cavaliers near completion of Dwight Howard trade. Deal will include 11 players, cash and multiple draft picks
 07-08-2012, 09:46 PM         #19
Lannister  OP
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^^^ knicks lost f*ggot
 5 years ago '06        #20
Rique 55 heat pts55
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i told n*ggas but they didnt believe
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