The Brooklyn Nets are discussing a trade with the Orlando Magic to acquire Dwight Howard, reports ESPN's Chris Broussard. The deal, which Broussard doesn't characterize as close to being consummated, would send Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and three first-round picks to Orlando in exchange for the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Howard would join Deron Williams (a free agent himself, but believed to be favoring returning to Brooklyn), Gerald Wallace (to be re-signed) and Joe Johnson (acquired in a Monday trade). Hedo Turkoglu may also be going to Brooklyn in the scenario.
There are a number of moving parts involved. Humphries and Lopez are both free agents, meaning they would have to agree to new contracts with the Magic before they could be traded. No free agent signings can be made official until July 11 due to the league's free agent moratorium. But the deals could be put into place before then.
Howard has loudly requested a trade to the Nets. It was believed that Brooklyn didn't have enough assets to get it done. Giving up just about nothing in the Johnson trade seems to have worked out pretty well for Billy King.