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Adrian Wojnarowski reports late Tuesday that trade talks between the Nets, the Orlando Magic and possibly two other teams "have gathered momentum over the past several days, and the framework of a possible four-team deal" that would bring Dwight Howard to New Jersey "has taken shape."
Wojnarowski writes that "New Jersey and Orlando are working toward a core deal that would send center Brook Lopez and another significant player obtained elsewhere to the Magic for Howard and Hedo Turkoglu, sources said."
Ultimately, what happens will be up to the Magic, and it's "still unclear if they’re motivated at all to trade Howard now." If not, the Nets will sign free agents to one-year deals, Wojnarowski reports. That will likely include an $8 or $9 million deal for Kris Humphries.
Woj is not alone. Fred Kerber and Tim Bontemps report, "The Nets continue to be active trade pursuers for their prime target, Howard. And they do so with an air of optimism."