The Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic are in discussions for a blockbuster trade which would send Dwight Howard to the Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks and three future draft picks.
The report by ESPN, quoting unnamed sources, says the Nets would give up first round picks in 2013, 2015 and 2017 to land Howard— the five-time All-Star— and maybe, more importantly, help entice Deron Williams to re-sign with Brooklyn.
Howard has told Orlando management that he wants to be traded to the Nets and only the Nets. Williams sounds like he has narrowed his picks to the Nets and the Dallas Mavericks.
The Nets traded for Atlanta's Joe Johnson on Monday and— if the pieces fall in place— make a trade for Howard and re-sign Williams, Brooklyn will have their own formidable Big Three.
Lopez and Humphries are free agents, so they would have to consent to a sign-and-trade. The ironic thing is that Lopez— who is a restricted free agent— is a huge Disney and Disney World fan and would be more that happy to play near the Magic Kingdom.
Humphries— the most most dominant front-line player on the Nets for the past two seasons already lives in Florida during the offseason.
If the Nets do sign Howard and re-sign Williams, it would give the Nets Big Three a combined 2012 salary of $58.8 million. The NBA salary cap was $58 million last season.