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.

Awwwwkwaaaard. 

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 

                                          
Just last week I gave the marriage of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries until the end of 2012… apparently I gave them WAY too much credit.  Oops! Live and learn. 

After 72 not-so-blissful days of marriage, rumors of Kardashian filing for divorce from the New Jersey Nets forward were confirmed Monday with a tweet from Ryan Seacrest, who produces E!’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

@RyanSeacrest: “Yes @kimkardashian is filing for divorce this morning. I touched base with her, getting a statement in just a few mins”

After putting on a $10 million show (errr, wedding) with over 450 guests, Kardashian will not seek an annulment, and will cite irreconcilable differences in the divorce filing, according to TMZ.

Truly heartbreaking, I know.  As for the reason why these two lovebirds couldn’t make it work, well, no official details on that yet, and I have a feeling I know why.

This marriage was a sham.  Period.  Not to sound like an Obama Birther, but can I see their marriage license?  The original, not a copy please. 

A few weeks ago I was told by a source close to the situation that the Kardashian camp had contacted then-New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari’s “people,” asking if he would be interested in dating Kim for her reality show, Kim and Kourtney Take New York. Galinari declined, and shortly after, Kim “met” Humphries, and the rest was history.  This was confirmed with further detail in wetpaint.com’s exclusive story that was picked up by the New York Post last week. 

(read the original blog post here…  http://pepperonsports.tumblr.com/post/11996976421/knicks-before-nets-on-the-scouting-report-where-kim )

In response to the demise of this business relationship, errr, marriage, Darren Rovell, the host of CNBC’s Sports Biz gave us this enlightening tidbit via twitter:

@darrenrovell: “Kris Humphries grossed $16.9 million over his 7-year NBA career. His TV marriage to Kim Kardashian was worth $17 million.”

For Kim, the wedding was just one sliver of a projected $1 billion pie that she and her family will earn throughout the years.  As for the 26-year-old Humphries, the production surely provided him a pretty penny, and even more than that, gave him fame. 

If Kim actually files for divorce (and not at a courthouse on the Warner Brothers lot in Hollywood), that implies that she and Humphries are legally married, thus there goes my ‘birther’-like conspiracy theory.

Whether their union was fact or fiction, there’s no doubt that Humphries will receive a nice severance package that was surely in place from the get-go.  The timing is probably beneficial for Humphries who can wash his hands of the Kardashians, cash his check and get back to focusing on basketball with enough time to prepare for the start of a shortened NBA season, whenever that may be. 

As for 31-year-old Kimmy K, she’ll bounce back, like she always does.  I’ll give her three months of public mourning until she’s back on the dating scene, with cameras rolling.  On second thought, three months might be generous, just like my prediction of their marriage lasting more than a year.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me! 

(To read Kim’s statement on the divorce and a picture of the divorce paperwork, click on this link to Stiletto Jill’s blog…. http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2011/10/kim-kardashian-files-for-divorce-from-kris-humphries-after-72-days/ )

   

Apparently New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries wasn’t the first choice of his wife Kim Kardashian.  The New York Post cites a story on website Wetpaint.com revealing that before dating Humphries, Kim had inquired about then-New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari.

According to the Page Six article, “Kardashian was so eager to land a basketball player, the site says, that she had producers at E!, the home of her reality shows, contact NBA teams about potential beaus. Sources say that producers at the network called the Knicks to find out if the team’s handsome Italian import, Gallinari, was single.”

My own source close to the situation confirmed that when asked if he was interested in dating Kim for the reality series, Gallinari politely declined the offer.  From Wetpaint.com, “Danilo said he would love to meet Kim but was not interested in dating her or being on a reality show … Even though E! explained it would be great for his career, Gallinari turned the offer down.”

Isn’t it sad that I was tempted to give Gallinari a standing ovation in my living room for not taking the bait on this one?  In an age where fame has become more important than fortune (or anything else for that matter) among those in my generation, it’s encouraging that doing his job seems to be enough for Gallinari.  It’s nice that not everyone wants to sell their souls to the fame monster, feeding the self-centeredness that comes with a camera crew following your every move and the internet abuzz with details of your personal life. 

As far as Kim as concerned, I struggle to put my feelings in words.  “If you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all.”  Why didn’t she just go on The Bachelorette if TV-dating was so important to her?  Probably because she would have to share the spotlight with twenty men and surely casting couldn’t provide a line-up of All-Stars, literally. 

With all the rumors of relationship drama between Kris and Kim, I bet Gallinari looks in the mirror and thinks, “whew! I dodged a bullet.”  Yes you did buddy.  Gallinari for the win!