It was always going to take a serious haul to convince the Orlando Magic to deal disgruntled center Dwight Howard.
And it appears the Brooklyn Nets are going with a quantity over quality approach.
The latest proposal that would send Howard to the Nets could involve four teams and include more than 10 players and a handful of first-round picks. Here’s a breakdown of who would end up where, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Brooklyn gets: C Dwight Howard, G/F Jason Richardson and F Earl Clark from Orlando.
Orlando gets: C Brook Lopez, F Damion James, F Sheldon Williams and first-round picks in 2015, ’17 and ’19 from Brooklyn; F Luke Walton from Cleveland and a fourth first-rounder from a fourth team.
Cleveland gets: G/F Quentin Richardson from Orlando, G Sundiata Gaines, F Kris Humphries, a first-round pick and $3 million from Brooklyn.
Fourth team gets: G/F MarShon Brooks from Brooklyn.
The NBA gets: Another Big 3 and a new force in the Eastern Conference.
None of this is a done deal, and the Magic is still discussing a Bynum-for-Howard swap with the Lakers. But that deal would hinge on Bynum agreeing to remain in Orlando after he becomes a free agent next summer — something he doesn’t seem willing to agree to.
At the moment, Howard to the Nets looks like an increasingly likely scenario. Of course so did Chris Paul to the Lakers. So Brooklyn isn’t counting it's chickens just yet.
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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.