ESPN and others are reporting that the Clippers could help facilitate a deal that would send Dwight Howard to the Nets. For their troubles, they would be getting 23-year old, 6-foot-5 (with a 7″1′ wingspan) shooting guard MarShon Brooks from the Nets in exchange for a lottery-protected first round pick.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets and Magic are cautiously optimistic that the Cavaliers and Clippers will help them facilitate a four-way trade that lands Howard in Brooklyn.
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, Damion James, Shelden 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.”
We’ll have more on this as it develops.