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Cavs Emerge Again As Potential 3rd Team In Dwight Howard Trade, With Andrew Bynum Also Reportedly Involved

The Dwight Howard trade rumors involving the Cavaliers have once again heated up, with the Magic sending Howard to Los Angeles and Lakers' center Andrew Bynum potentially heading to Cleveland.

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Andrew Bynum Unlikely To Become Cleveland Cavalier In Dwight Howard Deal

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been linked to Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum as part of a potential three-team trade involving Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. But how likely is it that Bynum ever wears a Cleveland uniform?

While Bynum is unquestionably an attractive piece, it's unclear if he'd like to stay a Cavalier long-term. And, while the Magic want to be rid of Howard as soon as possible, there's reason to be skeptical that they would prefer a package of Anderson Varejao and picks to what, say, the Houston Rockets could offer.

According to Bob Finnan of The News-Herald, Cavs fans should not expect a deal:

The Cavs wouldn't get involved in a deal for Bynum unless he agrees to a contract extension, and he probably won't. Indications are Bynum might want to follow Howard's lead and become a free agent in 2013. It makes better financial sense for him. Bynum can earn a maximum deal in free agency and have some say in where he ends up.

It's all shaping up to be nothing but a lot of hot air for the Cavs, who seemingly have been involved in every rumored big deal this summer.

Fortunately for the Cavaliers, they still have a future All-Star in Kyrie Irving to build around.

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Andrew Bynum Becomes Focal Point Of Rumored 3-Team Dwight Howard Trade

There are many obstacles to the rumored three team trade involving Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum. It's a complex deal between the Cavaliers, Magic, and Lakers that could fall apart, or not get very far, if that set of obstacles is not overcome in the initial stages of the discussions. One of the first big hurdles is the subject of Bynum's free agency, as the center is set to hit the open market after the 2012-13 season.

The Cavs reportedly want "assurances" that Bynum would sign a deal and stay on long term, but at this point, that would only be a handshake arrangement (we saw how that worked out with Carlos Boozer). According to ESPN, Bynum would only sign an extension now with the Lakers, and hold off on signing anything with another team because of the financial differences:

Sources have told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that Bynum likely would not sign an extension anywhere else but with the Lakers this summer because it benefits him financially to wait until after the season so he can get a longer, more lucrative deal.

While Chris Grant and his team may be looking for assurances, the Lakers reportedly won't let Cleveland talk to Bynum about a potential long-term arrangement until the framework of the deal is on more solid ground. As a result, the Cavs are approaching the talks by considering Bynum nothing but a one year rental, according to Brian Windhorst:

The inability to decipher Bynum's intentions has complicated trade talks. League sources told ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst that while the Cavaliers are interested in Bynum, they have no choice but to regard him as a one-year rental because that remains a possibility unless he gives them assurances he will either sign an extension with them now or re-sign with them next summer.

Bynum's agent, David Lee, just returned this week from a vacation in Alaska and has discussed the rumors with the press. He indicated that there's been no communication with the Cavaliers, but that any team would be "foolish" to trade for the Lakers' big man without speaking with him first.

Obstacles aplenty.

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Dwight Howard Trade: Cavs Want 'Assurances' Of Andrew Bynum Extension

The Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to make a deal that would net them Andrew Bynum and send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers but not before they speak to Bynum and his agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Bynum will be a free agent following the 2012-2013 season, and the Cavs are seeking assurance that the center will sign a contract extension. The Cavs can't do without that security, as Wojnarowski points out:

Salary-cap space in Dallas and Houston could be intriguing to [Bynum]. That’s why Cleveland needs the promise of a contract extension to consummate this deal. The Cavaliers believe they can sell Bynum on a partnership with one of the most dynamic young players in the sport – point guard Kyrie Irving – as well as their young core of talent and owner Dan Gilbert’s willingness to commit the resources needed to compete for championships.

The Houston Rockets are also a potential candidate for the third team in the trade. As reported here earlier Bynum's agent has not yet spoken to the Cavaliers, and Cavs fans certainly hope that changes soon.

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Cavaliers Free Agency 2012: Andrew Bynum's Agent Has Not Talked With Cavs

The agent for Lakers center Andrew Bynum says he has not been contacted by the Cavaliers about a potential deal, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

The Cavs have been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Bynum in a multi-team trade that would also involve Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. But Bynum's agent hasn't heard from the Cavs.

"I've had zero conversations with Chris Grant," said David Lee, Bynum's agent. "I would imagine any team involved in this trade would be smart enough to talk to us."

Bynum and Howard can become free agents after next season, so teams have been wary about a deal for fear of losing either one without signing an extension. Lee declined comment to The Beacon Journal when asked if Bynum would be interested in signing an extension with the Cavaliers.

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Cavaliers Free Agency 2012: 'No Substance' To Latest Rumors, According To Report

The Cleveland Cavaliers have not engaged in any serious talks with the Orlando Magic or Los Angeles Lakers about facilitating a Dwight Howard trade, according to The Akron Beacon Journal.

On Wednesday, ESPN.com reported that the cavs "may have inched ahead" of the Houston Rockets as a facilitator for a Howard deal. But according to The Beacon Journal, there was really nothing to report:

The Cavaliers have been discussed as a trade partner with the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic as facilitators in a trade involving Dwight Howard, but there is no substance to the talks and no deal is remotely close to being concluded, a league source with knowledge of the talks confirmed Wednesday.

ESPN.com reported Wednesday that the Cavs have moved ahead of the Houston Rockets as a facilitator in a deal with the Lakers and Magic, but a league source maintained this is all a leverage tactic to get the Rockets to up their offer for Howard.

According to the Beacon Journal, the Cavaliers -- unlike the Rockets -- have shown little interest in including any of their young players in deals. The Beacon Journal also reports that Kyrie Irving's hand injury will have no impact on trade talks.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Cavs Reportedly Back In Possible 3-Team Deal

The Dwight Howard sweepstakes continues to grip the NBA's free agency period, as rumors of a three-team trade quite literally refuse to go away. Right when it appeared like the Houston Rockets had leapfrogged the Cleveland Cavaliers as the third and pivotal team in a Howard deal, a report like Ric Bucher's on Wednesday comes out and flips everything on its head:

The Cleveland Cavaliers may have inched ahead of the Houston Rockets as a facilitator in a potential trade that would send Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, sources said Wednesday.

One source familiar with the talks, though, cautioned not to make too much of that shift just yet.

The Cavaliers would land Lakers center Andrew Bynum for a package of draft picks and veteran power forward Anderson Varejao, according to one league source. The Lakers would receive Howard for Bynum. Orlando would get Varejao and draft picks. The source said this was merely the framework of a deal being discussed.

Still obviously interested in acquiring Bynum, the Cavs remain an ideal trading partner here due to their lack of monetary restrictions at the moment. Varejao and a number of draft picks would serve as a viable parting gift for the Magic in waving goodbye to Howard, and it's quite evident that sending Howard to Los Angeles and Bynum to Cleveland would benefit both teams rather significantly.

Also of note from the ESPN report is how Cavs general manager Chris Grant unexpectedly returned to Cleveland in the middle of Summer League action, and does not plan to return back to Las Vegas anytime soon. Whether this is merely a coincidence or is the byproduct of an impending deal will be known soon enough.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Hoping Patience In Free Agency Will Eventually Pay Off

When the time is right for the Cavs to make a move that will further their standing long-term and not just in the interim, they will.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Swirling Rumors Involving Cavaliers, Lakers Cool Off

There's been a bunch of trade rumors in the NBA in the past week or two involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, mostly involving them as a third or fourth team in a massive trade for star center Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic. At first it was to get Howard to the Brooklyn Nets, but after growing to the point where the trade was supposedly between four teams for 14 different players, that rumor cooled down.

Over the weekend another rumor started to pick up steam, this time putting Howard in Los Angeles with the Lakers. Again the Cavaliers were part of the trade, with Andrew Bynum being shipped to Cleveland as the centerpiece of the trade past Howard. What was reportedly holding up the trade was Cleveland's insistence on finding out if Bynum would sign an extension with the team if the trade were to go through.

Turns out that latest trade scenario might have all been smoke and mirrors all along.

Jason Lloyd of the Akron-Beacon Journal took to Twitter on Sunday night to try and clear the air about the most recent trade talk, saying that there was absolutely nothing to the rumors.

In fact, Lloyd also posted that some people are saying the Magic are the ones starting the rumors in order to get Houston to bite on a deal for Howard. Sneaky, but expected since they are still trying to unload Howard and get something worthwhile for their star. As long as Howard is still in Orlando and the Magic still are trying to get rid of him, it's doubtful that anything is going to change on the 'crazy rumors' front.

Time will tell if the Cavaliers continue to get shoved in as a member of the rumor mill.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Cavs Reportedly Engaged In Discussions With Lakers, Magic

According to FOX Sports Ohio's Sam Amico, the Cleveland Cavaliers are squarely in middle of the Dwight Howard trade talks once again, only this time with the Los Angeles Lakers as the team looking to add the Magic's franchise center. The Cavs were reported to be a third team in a potential Orlando and Brooklyn trade, but those talks broke down and the Nets opted to sign Brook Lopex to a max contract. But Amico confirmed earlier reports that the Cavs have thrown their hat back into the ring again, only their doing a little more than just facilitating the trade this time. As you might expect, that the Cavs would need to land Lakers' center Andrew Bynum and receive confirmation that he would sign an extension in Cleveland:

Been told by several trusted sources now that talks between Lakers, Cavs & Magic are real. "Cavs, as usual, being a big pain," said one. But they want assurances Bynum would sign extension before even thinking about it.

Amico also alluded to a quote from Orlando TV reporter Dave Pingalore saying that a Howard trade to Los Angeles is "imminent" so things could be moving quite fast here (although we've heard that before over the past month when it comes to Howard). What is easily the most intriguing part of this potential deal, however, is the obvious super power that appears to be created by sending Howard to the Lakers to pair with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. But on the Cavs end, the deal would land a true superstar to play with rising phenom Kyrie Irving.


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That "superteam creation" was reportedly one of the reasons Cleveland was hesitant to make the originally-proposed trade with the Brooklyn Nets (with Kris Humphries insistence on a three to four year guaranteed deal as another roadblock). Apparently, though, the organization is not quite as concerned about the perception of such a move when a prize like Andrew Bynum is on the table.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Cavaliers Reportedly Back In As Potential Third Team For Magic, Lakers Deal

The Cleveland Cavaliers just can't stop getting involved with Dwight Howard, it seems. Of course, they're not after bringing Howard to Cleveland, they've just been floated as a potential third team in a trade involving him more than once. Most recently, they were supposedly involved in a potential deal that would have sent Howard to the Brooklyn Nets.

But the deal was called off and the Cavaliers were no longer involved - until now, apparently. Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD reported via Twitter that the Cavs are back in on the talks as a potential third team - this time helping facilitate a trade between the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers:

Kennedy followed up with another Tweet that had some details about the potential trade. It suggested that Howard would go to the Lakers and Andrew Bynum would go to the Cavaliers. The Magic, in all of this, would be getting picks, prospects and/or cap relief.

It's a trade that makes sense on many levels, the least of which is not the fact that Bynum has mentioned the Cavaliers as a team he'd like to go to. At one point, there was talk of Bynum going to the Magic, but it was revealed that he wasn't likely to sign a long-term deal there, but that he might be interested in doing so with the Cavs. We'll see if this goes anywhere.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Cavaliers Reportedly Looking To Move Antawn Jamison In Sign-And-Trade

Eager to swing a deal in the coming days, the Cleveland Cavaliers are exploring a trade that would send free agent forward Antawn Jamison to the Brooklyn Nets according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears.

Jamison, who would head to the Nets in a sign-and-trade since he is currently without a contract, is a 36-year-old NBA veteran who has played the better part of the last three seasons in Cleveland. After announcing that he planned to seek out a new destination this summer, the Cavs have been trying to swing a deal that included Jamison's signature in order to maximize his value.

And with the Nets already locking up center Brook Lopez on a four-year deal to signify the end of the Dwight Howard saga in Brooklyn, a player like Jamison could be a solid fit in the bright lights of New York. In addition to the Nets, Charlotte and Golden State are each also in the mix for Jamison's services, which makes the possibility of a deal in the near future seem much more viable.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Cavaliers 'Expected' To Make Player Moves Soon

After dropping out of the at times ridiculous trade proposal from the Brooklyn Nets that would have landed Kris Humphries in Cleveland and Dwight Howard in Brooklyn -- a trade that involved as many as four teams and 14 different players at its peak -- the Cavaliers may be back on the move in the free agent and trade market sooner than expected.

The News-Herald put out an article regarding the failed trade on Wednesday, but snuck a little tid-bit into the end that could hint at some more moves:

With major salary-cap space, the Cavs could include themselves in another such deal. A league source said he expects the Cavs to make some player movement in the next week or so.

The Cavs have plenty of cap space as the article says and there are still plenty of teams probably looking to either make a big move or add a third team into a trade to facilitate a big move. It's doubtful that we've seen the last of the Cavs in the trade market.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Cavaliers Bothered By Criticism Of Contributing To Another NBA Super Team, According To Report

Unwilling to be the third wheel in a blockbuster trade that would have sent All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets, the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly bowed out of the trade for one interesting reason. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs were bothered by the idea of creating yet another NBA super team:

Several league executives with knowledge of the negotiations believe the small-market Cavaliers had become sensitive to criticism they were contributing to the construction of another big-market super power.

Without a vital player like Cleveland locked into the deal to take forward Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade, Brooklyn's chances at landing Howard decrease quite significantly. It's rare to see an organization in any sport looking out for the best interests of the entire league before its own personal ones as a team, but the Cavs are probably the most ardent of the anti-super team supporters in basketball right now, with good reason.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Cavaliers Drop Out As 3rd Team, According To Report

On Tuesday afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers have dropped out as the third-team in the proposed Dwight Howard blockbuster trade that is being put together by the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic.

Yahoo! isn't the only outlet to report this development as Ken Berger of CBS Sports also cited sources saying that the Cavaliers decided to pull out of the trade on Monday.

In the proposed deal, the Cavaliers reportedly would have received Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first round pick from the Nets and three million in cash.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Cavs No Longer The 1st Option To Facilitate Deal?

The complicated four team deal centered on Dwight Howard landing in Brooklyn may no longer include the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio. The rumors hit a fever pitch on Monday, with reports indicating that the Cavs would likely take on Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade with the Nets. Humphries, however, is an unrestricted free agent who is reportedly looking for well more than the one-year guaranteed deal -- perhaps even a fully guaranteed four-year contract.

That hurdle seemed to slow the brakes on the deal late Sunday, with new reports surfacing that the Bobcats or Timberwolves may step in to facilitate the Brooklyn and Orlando deal, in place of the Cavaliers Amico is reporting that the Cavs are being mentioned less and less just one day later:

In conversations with several agents and opposing GMs, Cavs no longer being mentioned as third team in potential Nets-Magic deal for Dwight Howard. One agent said, "Just because it sounds like they're done, it doesn't mean they are. I'm not 100 percent, but from everything I've heard today, (Cavs) are out."

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Dwight Howard Trade: Cavs Continue To Have Reservations, Bobcats And Timberwolves Ready To Step In, According To Report

The four-team trade that would send Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets and Nets center Kris Humphries to the Cleveland Cavaliers is far from a done deal, according to The Akron Beacon Journal.

The article says that talks are ongoing, but adds that "finishing off this deal won't be easy."

The Beacon Journal cites Yahoo Sports, which is reporting that, as it stands now, the Cavs would send Luke Walton's expiring $6 million contract to the Orlando Magic and then receive Humphries and Sundiata Gaines from Brooklyn, along with $3 million. The Cavs would also get Orlando's Quentin Richardson and a first-round pick -- whose pick, exactly, is not yet clear.

The biggest stumbling block, according to the Beacon Journal, is Humphries:

The Nets need to find a place to park his salary to make the trade work. With more than $20 million in cap space, the Cavs are a logical fit. They were heavily involved with trade talks between the Nets and Magic regarding Howard around the trade deadline last season, but the negotiations crumbled when Howard waived his Early Termination Option and agreed to remain in Orlando through this coming season.

Shortly after signing the paper, he reiterated his request to be traded.

A deal could work if the Nets can find a place to put Humphries in a sign and trade. The Cavs are willing to take Humphries and give up some of their cap space if it means acquiring another first-round pick, but it's believed they don't want to commit to him beyond this season.

This is problematic because Humphries reportedly doesn't want to play on a one-year contract, as he did last season.

Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM.com reported on Twitter that the Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Bobcats are willing to facilitate the Howard-to-Brooklyn deal if Cleveland or the Los Angeles Clippers back out.

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Dwight Howard Trade: Kris Humphries Not Interested In 1-Year Deal, Agent Says

Less than an hour after a report surfaced that the Los Angeles Clippers were propositioned to join the Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic in what would become a four-team blockbuster deal to move Dwight Howard to the Nets, one of the main pieces in the deal put up the first road block in the complex equation.

According to the report filed by ESPN's Chad Ford, Kris Humphries (who is currently a member of the Nets) needed to be persuaded by his agent to sign a one-year deal to join the Cavaliers.

Via ESPN:

Humphries agent, Dan Fegan, is still trying to convince Humphries to settle for a deal that will be guaranteed for just one year. Fegan also represents Howard.

According to Fegan, that part of the report is inaccurate.

Fegan went on to say that he hasn't had any discussions with Humphries about a one-year deal from any team and that his client is only interested in a multi-year, guaranteed deal.

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Dwight Howard Trade: Clippers To Join Deal As 4th Team, According To Report

On Monday afternoon, ESPN's basketball analyst Chad Ford reported that the Los Angeles Clippers have been propositioned to join the Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic in the trade proposal to bring disgruntled superstar Dwight Howard to Brooklyn in what potentially will be a four-team blockbuster trade.

Via ESPN.com:

According to sources the Nets would receive Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark in the proposed deal. The Magic would get Brook Lopez in a sign-and-trade, Luke Walton, Damian James, Sheldon Williams, Armon Johnson and three first-round picks -- two from the Nets and a lottery protected first from the Clippers. The Cavs would get Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first round pick from the Nets and three million in cash. The Clippers would receive MarShon Brooks.

Sources told ESPN.com that the complicated deal was getting "close."

Humphries is a 6-foot-9 power forward who averaged 13.8 points and 11 assists in 62 games with the Nets last season. Richardson is a 32-year-old guard who averaged 4.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 18 minutes a game last season while playing as a member of the Magic. Gaines is a guard who averaged 5.1 points and 13:54 minutes a game with the Nets.

As of this time, the Clippers have yet to agree on joining the deal but are considering it.

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Dwight Howard Trade: Cavaliers Could Receive More Than Kris Humphries, According To Report

Because it was so fun the first time around, Dwight Howard is trying once again to get out of Orlando, and the Brooklyn Nets have him in their crosshairs. Somewhere in the brouhaha the Cleveland Cavaliers got involved and the trade presently has three teams involved. On Sunday night, the talk was that Kris Humphries was now in the deal and that he would be heading to the Cavaliers, but it's still a little fuzzy as to how he'd end up there.

Yahoo's NBA expert, Adrian Wojnarowski, had some pretty thorough thoughts on who might be involved and how it would all go down. He suggest that more than 10 players could be involved in what would obviously be a blockbuster trade:

As Orlando sorts through the offers, Howard's potential destination is increasingly looking like the Nets, sources said. The tentacles of the proposed deal stretched across more than 10 players and three teams on Monday morning, with the Nets recruiting a fourth team to take on guard MarShon Brooks in exchange for an additional draft pick to send to Orlando.

Wojnarowski goes on to elaborate on some of the players involved. He suggests that Brooklyn would net Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark, while the Magic would receive Brook Lopez, Damion James, and Sheldon Williams of the Nets and Luke Walton of the Cavs, on top of three future first-round picks, all presumably coming from the Nets.

Cleveland would receive Quentin Richardson from Orlando, Sundiata Gaines and Kris Humphries from the Nets, and a first-round pick on top of $3 million from them as well. A potential fourth team would need to get involved for the Nets to even have enough first-round picks for next year to go around, so it's believed that Brooks would be offered up in exchange for one to said fourth team.

There's plenty of other factors - namely every player on the roster of each of the three teams, it seems. It also sounds like Humphries would not agree to a one-year deal with the Cavaliers as previously reported, so that's another variable that needs to be contained. It certainly will be interesting to see if the Nets can make this happen, or if the Magic will ultimately deal with somebody else, like the Los Angeles Lakers, who have been in on the Howard sweepstakes since the beginning.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Kris Humphries Seeks 4-Year Deal If Sent To Cavs

The Dwight Howard trade rumors continue to dominate the NBA's offseason, with the Cleveland Cavaliers getting involved in the discussion on Sunday. Reports Sunday night indicated that the Cavs were involved in a three-team deal that would facilitate a Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets trade. In that deal, Chris Grant and the Cavs would receive Brooklyn big man Kris Humphries, and likely some additional "sweeteners" (read: draft picks) that they were looking for Sunday night.

But Monday morning things calmed a bit, with reports on the Cleveland end indicating that things were still speculative and an imminent deal was not on the table. It's a complicated scenario, with potentially four teams and 14 players involved. One big hang up, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, is that Humphries would seek a four-year deal if traded to the Cavs:

Humphries is an unrestricted free agent and would have to agree on the sign-and-trade scenario. Ken Berger of CBS elaborated on what it will take on Humphries end for the trade with the Cavaliers to work:

Humphries, an unrestricted free agent, would have to agree to the deal, which would require him to sign at least a three-year contract with the first year fully guaranteed. As of early Monday, no negotiations had taken place between Cleveland and Humphries' representatives, sources said.

According to Spears, he's looking for more security and wants the deal to be guaranteed beyond the first year.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Cavaliers Could Be Part Of Complex 4-Team Deal

The trade that is supposedly being put into place to get Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets keeps getting more and more complicated every hour. It started off being the Nets attempting to get Howard from the Orlando Magic followed by the Magic saying no, and it's moved up since then to be a behemoth of a trade involving four teams and over a dozen players.

The Cleveland Cavaliers from early on have been one of the teams reportedly involved, with Kris Humphries being a likely target for the Cavs in exchange for one of their many upcoming first round draft picks in the next few years.

Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted earlier that the trade has escalated to having 14 players possibly involved, now including MarShon Brooks:

Seriously. It's hard to believe that it could keep escalating from there, but nothing's set in stone yet and the Nets are obviously hell-bent on getting Howard out of Orlando.

Of course, there are some reports out there that say the media frenzy behind this trade might all be smoke and mirrors. Both Tom Withers of the Associated Press and Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal have said that there might not be much to these trade rumors.

Until something more substantive comes out about it, the trade rumors are only going to keep getting bigger.

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NBA Free Agency: Cavaliers Reportedly In Trade Talks With Nets

The possibility of a three way trade between the Nets, Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers that will land Dwight Howard in Brooklyn is starting to look more and more likely. Brooklyn has reportedly been talking with the Cavs for several days now trying to get them into a trade, and ESPN's Chris Broussard and Brian Windhorst on Monday put out a report that seems to indicate talks are actually going.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets and Magic are cautiously optimistic that the Cavaliers will help them facilitate a three-way trade that lands Howard in Brooklyn.

So far, it has been the Magic that has stalled most of the Nets' trade offers in their quest to land Howard.

Kris Humphries is clearly the biggest piece that the Cavs would be set to get in any three way trade, but they'll likely ask for more assets from one or both of the other teams involved since they have plenty of cap space available to get Humphries on the roster.

The Cavaliers, however, have enough cap space to sign Humphries outright, so they have requested additional assets from their two prospective trade partners.

A key in any potential deal, sources said, is swingman Marshon Brooks, whom the Nets are offering to prospective third-team facilitators to make a Howard-to-Brooklyn trade possible.

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NBA Free Agency: Andrew Bynum Would Consider Long Term Deal With Cavs

As the Dwight Howard trade rumors continue to swirl, Mitch Kupchak and the Los Angeles Lakers feverishly try to progress on a deal with Rob Hennigan for the Magic's franchise center. One big report to come out on Sunday was that Chris Grant and the Cavaliers could help facilitate a deal between the Magic and Nets, but Cleveland was thrown around in a separate report from Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The centerpiece of any deal sending Howard to the Lakers would almost certainly involve Andrew Bynum landing with the Magic. But while Howard would likely sign a long-term extension with the Lakers, Wojnarowski reports that it's believed Bynum would rather not stay in Orlando if dealt there. One team he is considering -- should he hit the open market next offseason -- the Cleveland Cavaliers. Via Wojnarowski:

Bynum, 24, has one year left on his Lakers contract and has a short list of potential teams with salary-cap space and supporting cast that primarily include the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets with the Cleveland Cavaliers and a "couple others" on the list, league sources said. If Bynum remains with the Lakers past the Howard derby, he'll have strong incentive to accept a maximum contract extension to stay in L.A., sources said. Otherwise, he has expressed a desire to test the free-agent market.

Obviously, the big hang-up is an actual deal between the Magic and Lakers coming to fruition. Hennigan and Orlando would have little incentive to pull off the trade if they're receiving strong signals that Bynum would be on board for just one year. But as a Cavs fan, it's certainly exciting to have Cleveland thrown into the mix as a potential free agency destination for such a high-profile player.

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Cavs Trade Rumors: Dwight Howard Deal Now Involves Kris Humphries Potentially Landing In Cleveland

As NBA free agency continues this month, the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be getting involved in a major trade with their recent haul of draft picks. According to Ken Berger of CBS it looks as if Kris Humphries could end up in Cleveland as a result of trade that would send Dwight Howard to Brooklyn from Orlando:

One possible destination for Humphries is Cleveland, who would get the forward in a sign-and-trade arrangement, source says. @KBergCBS via Twitter

Humphries is coming off of his best NBA season after turning pro in 2004. The big man averaged career highs in minutes per game (34.9), points (13.8), rebounds (11) and assists (1.5) as he started 62 games for the Nets. The nine-year veteran was a full-time starter for the first time in his career.

Cleveland is involved in the trade because they have a stockpile of up to six first-round picks in the next three NBA Drafts. The Cavs are looking to add assets and help facilitate the trade between Orlando and New Jersey.

For more 2012 free agency coverage, stay right here with this StoryStream. For more on the Cavs, be sure to visit Fear The Sword. And for more NBA news and coverage this offseason, check out SB Nation's NBA hub.

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