Various reports, the most definitive Fred Kerber's, say that the four-team, 11-player, trade for Dwight Howard will NOT go down Monday and may not even go down Tuesday. Sources insist the trade is likely to be completed. If not done by Wednesday, it will be nearly impossible to get done.
"Sources say no way Nets and DHoward deal gets done today. But don't read into that meaning it can't eventually happen," Kerber tweeted late Monday. Kerber's sources earlier put the chances of the deal at 60-40.
The hold-up, if that's what it can be called, is about getting numerous parties to sign off. The biggest unresolved issue remains the length of Kris Humphries contract but sources are convinced it can be worked out. Humphries' agent, Dan Fegan, is also Howard's agent.
Meanwhile, reports have a new team and two new players added to the mix first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski. The Clippers have been asked to take on Marshon Brooks' contract in return for a lottery protected first rounder, which would to go the Cavaliers. Also, ESPN, but not others, reports Chris Duhon would join the Nets along with Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark. Armon Johnson would head to the Magic.
- Proposed Dwight Howard deal to Nets could contain more than 10 players - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- Kris Humphries wants multiyear guaranteed contract, agent says - Chris Mannix - Sports Illustrated
Dwight Howard deal more complex - Chad Ford - ESPN
- D-Will Mum On Dwight Trade Rumors … Well, Sort Of! - Sekou Smith - NBA.com
Nets' Deron Williams not caught up in Dwight Howard trade talk - Brian Mahoney - AP