Deal Could Include 14 Players; Reports Indicate Getting Closer

Apr 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Magic defeated the Sixers 88-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Various reports suggest that the Nets - Magic deal to move Dwight Howard to Brooklyn is getting close to conclusion, but still nothing is firm.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that "Tentacles of Nets-Magic talks covering 14 players, 3 teams w/ possible 4th locking in to take MarShon Brooks to provide pick, sources tell !" Previously Jarrad Rudolph of RealGM put the numbers at 11 and three. Chris Mannix adds, "Source said complicated deal would ‘gut’ the Nets roster of players, picks. But it would return Howard, which is the only end game for BK."

On chances for success, Fred Kerber reports the deal is complicated but increasingly likely. "Nets try for DHoward has 'a lot of moving parts' but progress continues, better than 50-50."

As for timing, Mannix reports "talks moving forward. 'They are getting there,' said a source." Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer goes further, "Looking like complicated CLE-NETS-ORL deal could be done this morning" and Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld adds "Magic brass will meet at 9 a.m. to discuss if they should pull the trigger on the three-team deal with the Nets and Cavaliers."

Should the deal, still being discussed, go through, the Nets would have a presumed starting line-up of Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Mirza Teletovic, whose combined salaries would approach $70 million.

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