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:
Possible complication in Dwight 3way deal is Nets FA Kris Humphries would seek 4yr deal with CLE and wouldn't sign 1yr pact, sources tell Y!— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 9, 2012
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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