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CP3 developments push Nets' pursuit of Howard

Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:02 am
Edited on: December 14, 2011 11:59 am
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So now we know why the Magic never filed those tampering charges against the Nets.

For one thing, the latest developments in the Chris Paul saga point to New Jersey (i.e. Brooklyn) moving into prime position to land All-Star center Dwight Howard in a trade -- if Orlando decides to go that route.

Or so the Nets hope.

The Lakers re-entered the Paul trade talks Tuesday night, and would need a third team to funnel the young prospects to New Orleans along with Pau Gasol in return for the gifted point guard. Clippers brass were unfazed by these developments, sources told CBSSports.com, having expected that the Lakers would re-enter the talks at some point -- either for real or for leverage purposes.

UPDATE: The re-emergence of the Lakers, who had a three-team trade for Paul also involving Houston fall through when league executives deemed it too expensive and not yielding enough young talent for New Orleans, combined with other factors Tuesday to signal that the Nets' pursuit of Howard was about to reach a new level of urgency. One of those factors was free-agent big man Nene, one of the Nets' top free-agent targets, agreeing to a five-year, $67 million deal to stay in Denver.

If the Lakers sent Gasol to New Orleans for Paul, they presumably could not find enough talent elsewhere to include in a separate deal for Howard as well -- although the Los Angeles Times reported that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak was engaged in conversations about both Paul and Howard. The Mavericks, the third team on Howard's list of preferred trade destinations, continued to dutifully clear 2012 cap space Tuesday, an effort sources say is geared toward a possible run at Howard if he gets to free agency or Texan Deron Williams if he is not persuaded to stay with the Nets when the team moves to Brooklyn in 2012.

League sources confirmed that talks between the Nets and Magic gained momentum in recent days and that New Jersey was working on a complicated set of scenarios to land Howard that could involve one or two other teams. The Nets are "pushing hard," a source said, but the biggest hurdle was uncertainty over whether the Magic are ready to give up on trying to persuade Howard to stay in Orlando.

A person familiar with the discussions described them as "very complicated," and two other people confirmed that one scenario would loop in the Trail Blazers as a third team to provide swingman Gerald Wallace as a second primary piece along with Nets center Brook Lopez in a package for Howard. As part of the deal, New Jersey also would have to take back Hedo Turkoglu and the $34 million left on his contract.

UPDATE: A league source told CBSSports.com that the Magic are "not in a rush to do anything," and that the team's first priority is to keep Howard. The scenario as currently constructed with Wallace joining Lopez in Orlando as the primary pieces is not enough to persuade the organization to move forward with the deal quickly, the person said.

"If people think things are imminent, then they're being led down the wrong path," the person said.

The organization is determined, however, to avoid another Shaq scenario -- when Shaquille O'Neal left Orlando as a free agent in 1996 and the team got nothing in return. If the only option is to trade Howard, sources said the team will be take its time to find the right deal. GM Otis Smith will not, and has not, limited himself to exploring deals with the three teams Howard has signaled he's willing to sign a long-term deal with -- the Nets, Lakers and Mavericks, sources said.

Though it isn't certain yet whether the Magic are ready to go through with a deal parting with Howard, Orlando seems to be seeking some elements of the kind of package New Jersey worked for months to assemble for Denver last season in its pursuit of Carmelo Anthony: a combination of established players, prospects and draft picks. Given Howard's stature and the stakes for both teams, this package will have to be substantially more valuable -- and thus, more difficult to assemble.

Which brings us back to those tampering charges that never materialized.

The Magic last week were weighing the possibility of filing a tampering charge against the Nets over a reported meeting in Miami involving Howard and Nets officials. The alleged meeting occurred before Smith gave Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, permission to speak with the Nets, Lakers and Mavericks about a possible trade. A league source told CBSSports.com Tuesday that the potential tampering charges are "on the back burner" while the team weighs its options. Knowing that the Nets may turn out to be the best trade partner, the Magic were reluctant to burn that bridge before the negotiations even got off the ground, sources said.

A lot is in flux in the Magic front office, with team president Alex Martins taking over as CEO for the departed Bob Vander Weide, and now the brass are trying to evaluate what is the best option for dealing with the Howard situation, sources said. 

"There's going to be a little bit of a bidding process if anybody wants him," an executive within the league said Tuesday.

The Nets' pursuit of Howard is tied to their acquisition of Williams from the Jazz last season, and now is inexorably linked to the Paul talks, which are perhaps the most complicated trade negotiation in NBA history. League executives Joel Litvin and Stu Jackson, acting on behalf of the 29 owners who have custody of the franchise, are running the talks for the Hornets. After being declared dead Monday, negotiations between the Clippers and league office reignited later that evening and continued Tuesday -- with the Clippers waiting for the price for Paul to come down since they were the only team bidding for him. 

The Clippers' successful waiver claim of veteran point guard Chauncey Billups undoubtedly helped that effort, as Clippers GM Neil Olshey was then free to include point guard Eric Bledsoe in the deal. But Olshey was still unwilling to part with both sharpshooter Eric Gordon and the Timberwolves' unprotected 2012 first-round pick, and that was primarily the reason no conclusion was reached Tuesday, sources said. 

The best the Nets can offer for Howard is Lopez, a less accomplished but more durableversion of the Lakers' Andrew Bynum, plus multiple first-round picks and a signed-and-traded Kris Humphries. But the Nets have been exploring ways to bring in a third or even fourth team that could convey more assets to Orlando, and New Jersey GM Billy King has signaled to associates that such a maneuver won't be a problem. King has proved to be one of the most adept executives in the league at assembling complicated, multi-team deals.
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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:44 pm
 

CP3 developments push Nets' pursuit of Howard

Who is the face of Addidas? Not "Superman" and real original on that name, i'm pretty sure there already was an Orlando center with that.  I want Howard the fact of the matter is as a whole team the Bulls are better then NJ.  If he wants to "WIN" he would come here, its a better opportunity to do that.  Explain to me how Howard is a bigger superstar.  Waht has Howard accomplished that rose hasnt? A trip to the Finals, that's it.  When Howard did that he had a little more talent around him then Rose did last year.  



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:42 pm
 

CP3 developments push Nets' pursuit of Howard

No windycity is right. These superstars are all liars. If they were really about winning titles, one of them would have came to chicago.

Any combination, 2 of the Miami big 3, would have made a better team in Chicago than what Miami has right now.

Howard can come to the Bulls and start with Derrick Rose, and still have bench depth. The Bulls have one of the best offers for Howard, and one of the best teams for Howard afterwords.

 



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:32 pm
 

CP3 developments push Nets' pursuit of Howard

mvp



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:15 pm
 

CP3 developments push Nets' pursuit of Howard

If players really wanted to win titles they would come to Chicago.  The Bulls have one of the most unselfish and humble superstars in teh game and he's 22.  For everyone else its all about $$$$$$$$$$$.  Go to NJ Howard and enjoy that second round bounce.
Good story windycity!  Oh yeah, if you'd like a guy like Howard, do you really think that he's coming for free?? Only if he's a free agent.  And if Orlando's GM allows that to happen, well, he'll be baggin groceries at the local Piggly Wiggly.  Also do you think players sign with a team because they're "unselfish"?  If you believe that, I've got some land to sell ya! Wink



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:13 pm
 

CP3 developments push Nets' pursuit of Howard

bigger star my a$$... explain to me how rose is a bigger star that dwight .. please.. 
 



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:12 pm
 

CP3 developments push Nets' pursuit of Howard

im sorry but lopez has produced far more than bynum. the sky maybe the limit for bynum but he's been stuck on the tar mat for 3 years. why u think they r lookin elsewhere for a center. if bynum was that good they'd letem play. but the truth is he's nothin but a poor mans brook lopez



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:01 pm
 

CP3 developments push Nets' pursuit of Howard

I suggest all fans who are "offended" by greedy, overpaid players to start rooting for the Sacramento Kings.  Their payroll last year was about $45 million - about $3 million per.  They have young stars (heck, they have JIMMER for goodness sake).  Enjoy.

As for the rest of us, we don't care if the players are greedy... as long as they are entertaining.  Let Orlando pay Howard $40 million per season - as long as he plays hard, why do I care how much he makes?  Its not the G.M. that make teams great - it was the same GM in Chicago during the decade after Jordan as it was during the decade OF Jordan.  Its not the coaches - Doc Rivers coached the Celtics to 18 wins the year before they went to the championship. 

Its the players - like Randy Watkins sang, "pay them well and let lead the way".  At least, that's what I think he said...  




Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:48 pm
 

CP3 developments push Nets' pursuit of Howard

All th Chicago clowns touting Derek Rose. Haha. Howard wants to go to a big city with all the Media playing in Brooklyn with the Nets or L.A. With the lakers would do that , although he would be smarter to go to the Clippers than the Lakers , They are going to be and right now are just as popular as the Lakers , the Clips have Blake griffin and a loaded with young talent and have numerous top picks c( Minnesotans 1) and the lakers have a Old man with bad knees that probably won't last a couple of more years ... Besides why would he would he want to go pair up with Rose if he is after titles then he should pair up with Rajon Rondo who is a better player who has WON. Already



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:32 pm
 

CP3 developments push Nets' pursuit of Howard

Orlando will eventually trade Howard since his claims of liking Orlando are BS and they don't want him to walk for nothing. The fact that Kris Kardashian will either sign or sign/trade for $8-9 mill is a joke (much like the $7 mill GS is paying Kwame). So is that what the lock out was for? So the owners had more money to throw at these stiffs?
Hey Magic fans: Trade in your season tickets for an all year pass at DisneyWorld. It will be more entertaining.
It's the owners who hand out the money, the players don't have a gun to there head... the problem is, it's a bidding process. In any bidding process the price gets raised. Much like an auction. It's like that show Storage Wars, sometimes you get what you pay for, sometimes it's a surprise, and sometimes its a locker full of sh*t..lol



Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:29 pm
 

CP3 developments push Nets' pursuit of Howard

Orlando will eventually trade Howard since his claims of liking Orlando are BS and they don't want him to walk for nothing. The fact that Kris Kardashian will either sign or sign/trade for $8-9 mill is a joke (much like the $7 mill GS is paying Kwame). So is that what the lock out was for? So the owners had more money to throw at these stiffs?
Hey Magic fans: Trade in your season tickets for an all year pass at DisneyWorld. It will be more entertaining.


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