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Dwight Howard might end up in Brooklyn, but it’s not going to be easy.The most recent incarnation of the blockbuster trade involves 14 players, three or four teams, and multiple draft picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
If it went through, it’d be one of the more complicated deals in NBA history.
For comparison’s sake, the Deron Williams trade from Utah to New Jersey involved six players, three teams, and three picks.
The massive Knicks-Nuggets trade for Carmelo Anthony — which paved the way for Dwight forcing his way to Brooklyn — included 11 players, three teams, and three picks.
So why is this so complex?
- Cap room. The Nets don’t have any. It’s bad enough that Brooklyn has to absorb Dwight’s deal, but the Magic want to offload Hedo Turkoglu’s terrible contract in any Dwight trade as well. In either scenario, the Magic would need to get creative with sign-and-trades to make the salary situation work.
- The Nets’ lack of assets. The Nets traded all their prospects and picks to the Jazz in the Deron Williams trade, and spent the last two years clearing their books so they could sign Dwight. As a result, they have no picks or players that the Magic want. The Nets are now desperately trying to execute multiple trades at once to amass first-round picks to send to Orlando.
- Dwight Howard isn’t budging. Dwight is basically making these two teams make something out of nothing. Over and over again, he has vowed to only sign a contract extension with Brooklyn. He’s leaving these two teams — which, on paper, are completely incompatible as trade partners – no choice. That’s the biggest reason why it’s so complicated.
Because of the sheer number of moving parts, this deal is highly combustible.
But if it goes through, it’ll show that stars still rule the NBA, and they can force their way anywhere they want as long as they are stubborn and disruptive enough.
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