Reporting Daryl Ruiter
Updated 7/9/12 at 4:30 p.m.
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Since the NBA draft, all has been quiet on the Cavaliers’ front.
CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger reports that the Cavaliers could provide the Brooklyn Nets with a huge assist in their efforts to land Magic center Dwight Howard.
Berger tweeted Sunday afternoon that the Nets were “making progress” in finding a third team to help them acquire Howard from Orlando and the Cavaliers were that team.
According to Berger, Cleveland could acquire power forward Kris Humphries from the Nets as part of a proposed 3-team deal.
The Humphries portion of the trade to the Cavaliers would be of the “sign-and-trade” variety since Humphries is an unrestricted free agent. This is a major hurdle to the trade, as Humphries is looking for a 4 year deal where as the Cavaliers are interested in a one year deal.
What the Cavaliers would give up in the rumored 3-team swap remains to be seen. Word from the Nets is they would send restricted free-agent center Brook Lopez and a slew of draft picks to Orlando.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnaroski, the deal could wind up moving 10 players. He reports that the Nets are recruiting a fourth team to take on guard MarShon Brooks in exchange for an additional draft pick to send to Orlando.
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, Sheldon Williams, Cleveland’s Luke Walton and three future first-round picks, sources said. Cleveland would receive Orlando’s Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn’s Sundiata Gaines, Kris Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Brooklyn also would send Brooks to a fourth team to get them an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic.
It’s thought that general manager Chris Grant would have to part with one or more future first round picks which would be sent to Orlando.
The problem is that Grant isn’t likely to do so.
He’d want to acquire first round picks or young players for taking on Humphries. Reports are circulating that the Nets are looking to add a fourth team to get a better pick for the Cavs. Grant also prefers to move second round selections as opposed to first rounders.
The Cavaliers have a potential total of six first round picks in the next three years (own in 2013-15, Miami’s in ’13 with option to flip with the Lakers and ’15, plus a protected first rounder from the Kings through 2017).
The Magic are looking to rebuild with the impending loss of Howard and are interested in acquiring as many young players or draft picks as possible.
Humphries, who is an 8-year veteran, has averaged a double-double in each of the last two seasons including 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game this past season. He played 62 games.
The 6-9 forward shot 48 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line while making made $8 million last season.
The NBA’s moratorium on transactions will end on Wednesday when trades and free agent signings can officially be completed and announced.