UPDATE: July 9 5:09 p.m. ET
ESPN.com is now reporting that the deal is "more complex" than it appeared and includes as many as 13 players.
On top of the players I mentioned in the previous update, Orlando would also get Armon Johnson. Chris Duhon would be sent to Brooklyn, Cleveland would get Quentin Richardson and the Clippers would solely get MarShon Brooks.
UPDATE: July 9 4:36 p.m. ET
According to Chad Ford, ESPN's NBA insider, the Clippers have emerged as the fourth team needed to facilitate this deal. Los Angeles would receive MarShon Brooks and would send a lottery protected first rounder to the Nets, which in turn would be sent over to entice Orlando.
It looks like Dwight might be headed to Brooklyn sooner rather than later.
UPDATE: July 9 2:24 p.m. ET
Brooklyn would land their coveted center in Dwight Howard along with Jason Richardson and Earl Clark. The Magic would receive Brook Lopez, Damion James and Sheldon Williams from the Nets, along with the Cavalier's Luke Walton and three future first-round picks. Cleveland would then receive Sundiata Gaines from Orlando and Kris Humphries from Brooklyn; however, Humphries wants more than a one-year guaranteed deal.
A fourth team could be involved in this trade. The unknown team would gain the services of MarShon Brooks in exchange for an additional draft pick.
UPDATE: July 8 11:52 p.m. ET
Jarrod Rudolph is reporting that Orlando will "complete one last sweep before completing the trade, sources say." This means that a deal could be done as early as tomorrow. Should be interesting what route the Nets management take.
UPDATE: July 8 7:42 p.m. ET
Jarrod Rudolph from RealGM.com is reporting that after speaking with a source, Nets GM Billy King is "very close" to acquiring Dwight Howard. "Deal could be completed very soon." This is BIG news for those Nets fans that have been longing for Dwight for months now.
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The Brooklyn Nets just won't give up on Dwight Howard; they have reportedly found the third team to involve in a deal that would land Orlando's center in a Brooklyn uniform this upcoming season.
According to Ken Berger of CBS, the Nets are "making progress in finding a third team." That third team would be the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are interested in acquiring power forward Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade.
The Nets would then re-sign Brook Lopez only to ship him out to Orlando along with a handful of future first-round picks in exchange for Dwight Howard.
While the details of exactly what it is the Nets will receive in return for a signed Humphries, I'm sure if it helps Brooklyn entice the Magic, they will pull the trigger on the deal.
While no deal is imminent, this is a big step for the Nets, who were virtually ruled out of picking up Howard after taking on Joe Johnson's enormous contract.
If the Nets can get Cleveland on board, you would have to imagine that this story might be able to finally conclude, and the "Dwightmare" could become a dream come true for the disgruntled center.
Oh, and all of us would finally not have to hear about Howard until he demands his way out of Brooklyn in another five years.
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