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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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