One thing we’ve learned from the Dwight Howard sweepstakes is that no deal is a sure thing until it’s done. Signed, sealed, delivered.
First it was the Nets. Then it was the Rockets. Then it was the Lakers. Now it’s the Nets. Again.
In the last 24 hours, Yahoo! Sports hoops gurus Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears have reported a proposed deal revolving around the Magic center that would involve movement of more than 10 players between four teams.
While the Lakers are still interested in a trade that would send Andrew Bynum to Orlando in exchange for Howard, Bynum’s hesitation to sign a long-term contract with the Magic has significantly hampered L.A.’s ability to strike a deal, according to a source (as well as several previously published reports).
As a result, Bynum’s reluctance left the door wide open for the Brooklyn Nets, who along with the Magic, would lead the way in this four-team deal, according to Y! Sports. When doing a deal with so many moving parts, its only natural that there will be a few hiccups in the process.
One piece of this gigantic puzzle, as reported by Marc Spears of Y! Sports, would send Kris Humphries (sign-and-trade) to the Cavaliers with a one-year contract. Problem is, the Hump is interested in a four-year deal, which is understandable. Who doesn’t want some job security?
One guy who has a LOT of power in this situation is agent Dan Fegan, who represents both Howard and Humphries.
How do you convince Humphries to go against his own best interest, basically for the sake of another one of your clients? Humphries (along with several other players said to be on the trading block) would have to agree to a sign-and-trade for the deal to happen.
As an agent, a multi-year deal for Humphries would certainly be in Fegan’s best interest as more years equals more money (and mo’problems, no doubt). But it seems like this is quite a predicament for Fegan and his clients, Humphries in particular.
Plus, if TMZ’s reports of Humphries’ impending fatherhood are accurate (http://tinyurl.com/cevmfze), the financial security of multi-year contract will be of even more importance.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to watch how this part of the deal plays out. If Humphries refuses to do a sign-and-trade to the Cavs for a measly one-year contract, can the teams involved get creative and find a way around the Hump?
As if we weren’t already glued to this damn story, the Howard-Humphries connection just adds one more element to this so-called Dwightmare.
To read the Yahoo! Sports’ story on the proposed mega-deal involving the Magic, Nets, Cavs and Clippers, click this link: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba—nets-emerge-again-as-strong-contender-to-land-dwight-howard.html
Jackie Pepper is a sports journalist with nearly a decade of experience. As an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet in Boston she covered the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins for the network's flagship show SportsNet Central and sister station New England Cable News.
In addition to her work with Comcast Boston, Pepper also anchored and reported for CBS affiliate KIDK, covering the Utah Jazz and various sports teams throughout the United States.
Pepper began her sports journalism career as a college radio reporter and talk show host at the University of Arizona. She went on to work for ABC Sports, ESPN and NFL Network, Yahoo! Sports and TMZ.
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