The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially dropped out of the running for trying to help the Brooklyn Nets land Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. The Cavaliers dropping out has intensified the Nets’ talks with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks. The Cavaliers dropping out of the running may be a good thing for the Magic, as they are looking to acquire draft picks somewhere in the deal. The Lakers don’t have many picks to offer, as they traded two first-round picks for Steve Nash, but they do have an All-Star center in Andrew Bynum.
Howard has said that the only team he would sign a long-term deal with would be the Nets, but the Magic are open to talking with the Rockets, Lakers and Hawks. The Magic were very close to accepting the best trade offer they have heard to date, but the Cavaliers couldn’t come to make themselves let the Nets transform into another superstar-studded Eastern Conference team. The Cavaliers would have absorbed Kris Humphries of the Nets, but it was rumored that Cleveland would only accept the trade if they could sign Humphries to a one-year contract.
Cleveland would have also received Sundiata Gaines, a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets and Quentin Richardson from the Magic. They would only have had to sacrifice Luke Walton, who joined the team in the Ramon Sessions midseason trade. If Cleveland had accepted the deal and Humphries would have signed a one-year contract, the Cavaliers would most likely use the power forward as an exchange for draft picks.
I think that it is in the Cavaliers best interest to not get involved with any blockbuster trades that could completely change the landscape of the East. The deal was said to be stricken down late Monday night.