Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/3/12

Despite trading for guard Joe Johnson, the Brooklyn Nets are still reportedly in pursuit of All-Star center Dwight Howard.

A day after sending five players and a draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Johnson, the Nets and Orlando Magic are discussing a blockbuster deal that would include Brooklyn trading Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks and first-round picks in 2013, 2015 and 2017 to Orlando for Howard, ESPN.com reported Tuesday.

Brooklyn would also be willing to take back Hedo Turkoglu, who is owed $11.4 million this season and has a player option for $12.2 million next season as part of the deal, according to SI.com.

The Nets reportedly can exceed the salary cap to re-sign Lopez and Humphries because they have "Bird rights" and then deal them to the Magic.

Howard has said in recent days that he is seeking a trade to only one team and that team is believed to be the Nets. It was then thought that the Nets would not have enough pieces to pull together a deal for Howard after they acquired Johnson.

With forward Gerald Wallace reportedly agreeing to a four-year, $40 million deal with the Nets and if free agent point guard Deron Williams re-signs, they would instantly become Eastern Conference contenders.

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