Originally written July 09, 2012 on Fox Sports Ohio:
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NBA free agency began more than a week ago, and the Cavaliers have yet to make a peep. But if multiple reports are true and multiple sources to be believed, that could change within the next 24 hours. According to those close to the situation, the Cavs are in the advanced stages of facilitating a three-team trade that would send All-Star center Dwight Howard from the Magic to the Nets. As part of the deal, reports state, the Cavs would receive Nets forward Kris Humphries and an undisclosed draft pick, believed to be a first-rounder. Humphries, 27, is 6-foot-9 and entering his ninth year. He spent the previous three with the Nets, averaging career-highs in points (13.8 ppg), rebounds (11.0) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg) this past season. He is currently an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team without the Nets receiving compensation in return. If a deal is to be completed, Humphries would come to the Cavs in a sign-and-trade after receiving a one-year contract, sources said. Meanwhile, Howard enters free agency next summer, and has made it pretty clear that his preferred team is the Nets -- who have relocated from New Jersey to Brooklyn. The Nets are equally enamored with Howard, but have been unable to make an offer lucrative enough for the Magic to go through with a move. Adding a third team such as the Cavs may help speed up the process. If a trade is pulled off, it could involve more than 10 players, according to sources. Talk of the deal comes on the heels of the Orlando Summer League and after several days of practice for Team USA, of which Nets guard Deron Williams is a member. Nets general manager Billy King will reportedly attend Mondays practice in Las Vegas to watch Williams, potentially delaying a trade. Sources indicated that a possible sticking point may be the Cavs unwillingness to take Humphries if he signs a contract that exceeds one year, as well as their insistence on receiving a first-round draft pick. The Cavs already have two first-rounders coming their way in 2013 their own, as well as either the Heats or the Lakers (whichever is higher). The Lakers pick belongs to the Suns as part of the Steve Nash trade. Magic officials are expected to meet Monday morning and discuss the particulars of the proposed trade. The Magic just hired a new GM in Rob Hennigan, who has already conducted a face-to-face meeting with Howard. They are also in the middle of a coaching search to replace Stan Van Gundy. FOX Sports Ohio will have more on this story as it develops. Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
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