The Cleveland Cavaliers, a third team designed to help facilitate a trade that would send Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic to the Brooklyn Nets, have dropped out of the deal, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The Cavaliers' role was to absorb free-agent Nets forward Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade while also receiving other assets, but that appears to no longer be happening.
The trade discussions will, for now, proceed with just the Nets and Magic, according to Wojnarowski. However, other teams, such as the Charlotte Bobcats and Minnesota Timberwolves, have come up in previous reports as possible third teams that could replace the Cavaliers in the deal.
The Cavaliers were to receive Humphries and additional assets such as a first-round pick from the Nets for their cap space, but several complications resulted. Most importantly, while the Cavaliers didn't want to keep Humphries for more than one year, Humphries, a free agent, has been adamant about wanting a multi-year deal.
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