While several outlets make it sound like a blockbuster trade that would send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets in a multi-team deal is close, local reporters from the third team involved disagree. Despite reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers are willing to take on Kris Humphries from the Nets to help facilitate the deal with the Orlando Magic, it looks like that element of the deal is still far from completion.
While everyone is frothing at mouth over this 3-way trade, I keep hearing there isn't much to it on #Cavs end. Can only go by what I'm told— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) July 9, 2012
The Nets want the Cavaliers to take on Humphries, but the Cavaliers, who have the cap space to sign Humphries outright if they so choose, want an additional asset in any trade. Lloyd suggests that the Cavaliers' reported involvement in the deal is being pushed by the other teams involved in the trade, just like it was with all the rumors of the Cavaliers moving up to the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
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