July 9, 2012 12:00 AM
The Nets are “rapidly overtaking” Los Angeles as the favorites to land Howard, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Though not his preferred destination, the Lakers were thought to be in front for the unhappy center. But Los Angeles’ inclusion of first-round draft picks in their deal for Steve Nash — and trade chip Andrew Bynum’s “reluctance to commit to a long-term contract” with Orlando — has talks with the Magic on the rocks, Wojnarowski reported. Bynum is entering the final year of his deal.
Meanwhile, the Nets have “pushed into overdrive” for Howard, according to Wojnarowski.
And in a pair of tweets Monday afternoon, Wojnarowski detailed a “proposed blockbuster” that would send Howard, Earl Clark and Jason Richardson to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez, Damion James and Shelden Williams. Orlando would also receive three or four first-round picks and Cleveland’s Luke Walton, Wojnarowski reported.
“For now, talks are fluid, names coming in and out,” tweeted the NBA insider.
Brooklyn has reportedly made progress in its search for a third team to help facilitate the swap "
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