CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Orlando Magic apparently tapped the brakes on the proposed blockbuster four-team trade that would send disgruntled center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets and Nets power forward Kris Humphries to Cleveland in a sign-and-trade.
In the midst of a 24-hour media frenzy that saw the proposed deal increase from three teams to four, including as many as 11 players, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel sent out a Tweet on Monday morning that killed the momentum.
"orlandmagic don't expect a deal involving Dwight Howard today. No hurry whatsoever," Schmitz Tweeted. And, yes, he did forget the last O in Orlando.
Sources confirmed that to The Plain Dealer as well, calling reports of the trade "premature." If it gets done, it could take until Tuesday or Wednesday to nail down all of the moving parts. One source told the New York Post the odds of the deal getting done were 60-40.
Yahoo Sports reported that in the proposed deal, Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark would be sent to Brooklyn, and the Magic would receive the Nets' Brook Lopez, Damion James, Shelden Williams and Armon Johnson, Cleveland's Luke Walton and three future first-round picks. Cleveland would receive Orlando's Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn's Sundiata Gaines, Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Yahoo Sports also reported Brooklyn was talking to the Los Angeles Clippers about sending MarShon Brooks there for an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic. If the Clippers decline to participate, other teams are in position to take on Brooks, Yahoo Sports reported.
ESPN reported Monday evening the deal could involve the Charlotte Bobcats replacing the Cavaliers. The Charlotte Observer reported the Bobcats would be interested in Humphries on a one-year deal but that they were not interested in Brooks.
Humphries' contract could be one stumbling block. He played on a one-year contract last year and reportedly is seeking a longer deal this time around, although it's unclear at this point if the Cavs are more interested in his skills or his value as a trade chip. His agent, Dan Fegan -- who also represents Howard -- reportedly had not spoken to the Cavs as of Monday afternoon, though that could change at any time, and he would be negotiating a new deal with Brooklyn, anyway.
Another problem could be the Magic actually would prefer to make a deal with the Lakers for Andrew Bynum, but Bynum will be an unrestricted free agent next summer and has not shown any willingness to sign a long-term deal with the Magic. Yahoo Sports reported earlier that he would consider signing with Cleveland because the Cavs have a lot of room under the salary cap.
The Houston Rockets also have been dogged in trying to remain in the discussion for Howard.
Bynum has had knee issues, Lopez has had foot issues and Howard is recovering from back surgery. Each of those medical problems will have to be thoroughly researched before any deal proceeds.
With all of those things unsettled, it's no wonder it could take a few days before Orlando's new general manager, Rob Hennigan, is ready to proceed with the deal that will define his tenure. Oh, and he also has to hire a coach to replace Stan Van Gundy, who was fired, reportedly in an effort to placate Howard.
I hope it ends soon end this crap plz I just wanna suck already
Originally Posted by mbsalame123
my thread had some steam going on in it and it was on a run. who the **** closed it???? WTF! people cant just be going on there and closing threads like that that were on fire. everyone was talking in my thread and then you son of a ***** come and close it. alright fine **** u dumbass *****es retarded mother ****ers sitting there like fatasses on a dumbass forum. come at me...... yallah attack me ***** *** motha ****as.
^most entertaining thing that happened on deadline day^
if the magic had any balls they would trade him to whoever gives them the best deal and say **** your feelings howard, your prima dona *****.
A move like that right there gets that new GM mad props from me and might even get him the Exec of year award. **** you dwight and **** what you want, have fun in charlotte(or some other bottom feeder)