Berger: Nets "Making Progress" On Getting Third Team for D12 Deal

Feb 22, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) dunks during the first half against the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

In tweets late Sunday afternoon, Ken Berger gave Nets fans hope that a deal for Dwight Howard might finally get done.

Nets "making progress" on finding a third team to take Kris Humphries in a scenario that would send Dwight Howard to Brooklyn, source says. One possible destination for Humphries is Cleveland, who would get the forward in a sign-and-trade arrangement, source says. Deal far from agreed to, but progress being made, source says.

The Nets need to find third party to take on Humphries because the Magic are not interested in acquiring him but his contract, signed and traded, is critical to getting the deal done.

According to various reports, the main pieces going to Orlando would be Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks and draft picks along with signed-and-traded expiring contracts of the Nets own free agents that could be used to balance the Nets taking on the Magic's least favorite contracts, those of Hedo Turkoglu and/or Jason Richardson.

Meanwhile, Adrian Wojnarowski tweets that Andrew Bynum, the Magic's primary target in a deal for Howard has told the Lakers he is not interested in Orlando.

Without an extension with Lakers, Andrew Bynum has a short list of teams he will consider in 2013 free agency. Bynum has shown no inclination to agree to an immediate extension if sent to Orlando as part of a Dwight Howard package, sources tell Y! If Magic and Lakers want to do a deal, each may need to call the bluff on Howard and Bynum stated unwillingness to accept extensions.

Similarly in a Sulia post, Sam Amick reports that in addition to Cleveland, "numerous Western Conference teams" are on the Nets list. It's likely the Nets would have to provide the Cavaliers with a draft pick "sweetener", adds Woj. David Aldridge, however, suggests, much of the speculation may be ill-founded, or premature, tweeting, "Many speculating that Cavs are team that would take Kris Humphries as part of DH12 deal 2 Nets. But told 'nothing substantive' with Cavs."

  • Nets 'making progress' in search for third team to help them land Dwight Howard - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
  • Dwight Howard trade rumors heating up; maybe to Nets in three-team deal - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
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