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The trade drama surrounding Dwight Howard may end as soon as Monday, reports indicate, as the Orlando Magic have made significant progress in trade discussions involving the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers, according to multiple reports. Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM says the deal, which could include 11 players and multiple draft picks, is "near completion." Rudolph and Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD both report that Orlando will continue to work the phones to fish for better offers, but if it doesn't receive any, then it could agree to deal Howard to Brooklyn as soon as Monday. The soonest the teams could officially transact business is Wednesday, when the NBA lifts its moratorium on player movement.
The Nets would acquire Howard, who has long had them atop his list of preferred destinations. It's unknown which other players may be involved, and where they'd wind up, but it's likely that Cleveland would agree to take on Brooklyn big man Kris Humphries in exchange for compensation from the Nets. Orlando has no interest in the rebounding machine, necessitating the Cavaliers' inclusion in the potential trade. As an unrestricted free agent, Humphries would have to consent to a sign-and-trade to Cleveland.
Howard, 25, is Orlando's all-time leading scorer, a six-time All-Star, and a three-time Defensive Player of the Year winner. In a recent meeting with Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, he indicated he'd like to be dealt to Brooklyn.