UPDATE: With the resigning of Brook Lopez to a 4 year maximum contract, the Nets have officially pulled out of trade talks with the Orlando Magic for the time being. Due to the current CBA, Lopez cannot be traded until January 15th
The Dwight Howard saga, which has plagued both the Orlando Magic and NBA fans everywhere, might finally come to an end within the next few days. Multiple sources are reporting that the Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers, along with an additional fourth team, are working on an 11-13 player blockbuster that could finally land Howard with the new-look Nets. In the proposed deal, the Nets would land Howard, point guard Chris Duhon, combo guard Jason Richardson and big man Earl Clark from Orlando. The Nets would ship Brook Lopez, Damion James, and Shelden Williams to Orlando along with three first round picks. Cleveland would receive Orlando’s Quentin Richardson and Brooklyn’s Sundiata Gaines and Kris Humphires. They would also receive another first round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Cleveland would also send Luke Walton to Orlando. The only problem hindering this deal is the need for a 4th team to which the Nets could trade rookie Marshon Brooks to in order to receive an additional first round pick to send to Orlando. Rumors going around the league say that the Los Angeles Clippers or the Minnesota Timberwolves might be the answer. Orlando is also reluctant to pull the trigger on the deal as they are keen on acquiring Andrew Bynum from the LA Lakers although he is reluctant to sign an extension with Orlando. The deal would most likely benefit all four parties involved as it turns the Nets into a true championship contender, gives Cleveland some much needed veterans and big men, gives the fourth team an on-the-rise scoring guard in Brooks and gives Orlando a young scoring center and a treasure trove of draft picks to help ease the pain of rebuilding. If Brooklyn completes this trade however, they will be seen as the big winners as they catapult from Eastern Conference basement-dwellers to perennial championship contenders.
The deal would look something like this:
Nets Receive: Dwight Howard (C), Jason Richardson (G), Chris Duhon (G), Earl Clark (F)
Magic Receive: 3-4 First Round Picks (Via Nets), Brook Lopez (C), Damion James (F), Shelden Williams (F-C)
Cavaliers Receive: Kris Humphries (F), Sundiata Gaines (G), Quentin Richardson (G-F)
Additional 4th Team Recieves: Marshon Brooks (G)
As basketball legend LeBron James inches closer to breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s long-held NBA scoring record of 38,387 points, it seems super-fans are willing to break the bank to witness what will soon be an unforgettable moment in NBA history, as tickets to the next Lakers games have skyrocketed in price.