Rumor: Humphries To Cleveland In 3-Team Deal To Move Howard to Brooklyn?

(Updated with tweets from Adrian Wojnarowski and John Hollinger)

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Brooklyn Nets may be calling upon the Cleveland Cavaliers to help facilitate a deal that would bring Dwight Howard to Brooklyn. It would reportedly be a sign-and-trade deal that would bring power forward Kris Humphries to the Cavaliers. The Nets are looking to acquire extra first round picks to send to Orlando, but the Cavaliers may want a first round pick to facilitate taking on Humphries.

Humphries, 27, has eight years of NBA experience out of Minnesota and is 6’9″ and 235 pounds. He has broken out in the past two seasons with the Nets, averaging a double double per game in each season. Last year in 62 games, he averaged 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds in 34.9 minutes per contest while shooting 48% from the field and 75% from the line.

The Brooklyn forward made $8 million this past season and is currently an unrestricted free agent. The Cavaliers currently have only about $33 million dollars committed to players on the roster, not including the $14 million they will pay the amnestied Baron Davis, which does put them over the NBA salary floor. The team is well below the salary cap, which will be announced after the end of the July moratorium (last year’s figure was $58 million).

  • Eli_L

    The irony is almost too much to bear.

  • MSkog

    Give up a 1st round pick? We need to be getting a 1st rounder for taking him.

  • Serpus

    Yeah, no way we give up a 1st rounder.

  • I, for one, would love the Humphries-Brendan Bowers reunion.

  • thelmt

    It doesn’t say anywhere that the Cavs would be giving up a 1st rounder. It says we would NEED a 1st rounder to take him on.

  • mike

    The article flat out says we’d want a first rounder to take him. What r you two talking about

  • MSkog

    I don’t believe it said that originally. I think Kirk changed it. If not, I apologize for reading it wrong.

  • If the Nets are sending Humphries to Cleveland, then something has to be coming back from them to send to Orlando. Unless it’s a player, pick, or salary dump, that the Magic want there is no way, Cleveland is also getting a draft pick along with Humphries for nothing. This report makes absolutely no sense and is as incomplete as they come.

  • WFNYKirk

    I definitely changed it. The report I read from CBS Sports originally said we would be giving up a first round pick. That, or *I* made the reading error. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • MSkog

    Kirk – Yeah, that’s what I saw on twitter too. Thanks for noting you changed it. I thought I was going nuts after I saw the responses to my comment. “Did I just read that totally wrong?”

  • TeddyRoos

    Why would Cleveland want Humphries. It’s the one position they have some depth and he’s exactly the opposite type of player they’re looking for. This seems to be in the Nets dreamland only.

  • simond

    from adrian wojnarowski’s article
    Brooklyn has been searching for a third team willing to take free-agent forward Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade deal. One team with salary-cap space – the Cleveland Cavaliers – would be willing to take Humphries on a potential one-year, $8 million or $9 million contract with no small condition: The Cavaliers would have to be compensated with at least one first-round draft pick, sources said. The Cavaliers have no interest in Humphries, one of the league’s best rebounders, as they rebuild their roster with young talent, and would add him exclusively as a means to stockpile even more draft picks over the next few years.

  • dudess

    If Cav wants a 1st round pick compensation to pick up Humphries, then it will leave 2 1st rounders for Nets to trade for Howard. It is worst than early offer. I’m wonder do those sports analysts know what they are writing. NBA wont allow a team to trade consecutive 1st rounder during a trade… it makes nets offer less attractive than earlier one…garbage news !!

  • FearTheRoo

    I’ve seen a few sources say we’ll get Marshon Brooks and Humpries. I doubt that any picks will be coming our way if we get both. Also curious of what we will be giving up. They really wouldn’t be bad players to pick up. Humpries averaged a double-double and and Brooks had a decent rookie season. But like anything else, these are just rumors…

  • mgbode

    depends on what they give us. we can always trade depth. if we get a future 1st and Marshon Brooks? I like the sound of that. if we have to give up anything of real value? no.

  • zonk

    If the deal would be the Cavs trading the better of the Lakers-Heat 1st round pick in the ’13 draft for a 1 yr deal on Humphries and Marshon Brooks, I do that immediately. Brooks gives you an option at the 2 if Waiters busts, or at best case depth at that position. Humphries if nothing else is a trade asset at the deadline to get a pick probably better than the 25thish pick you would be giving up now.. All this for using cap space in a year where it does not matter.

  • Carl

    realistically the only thing that makes sense is to get 1st rounders from ORL seeing as they would be going into rebuild mode. NJ’s picks would be no good to us. I like Marshon coming over here and a Humphries rental anything other than that would be a step in the wrong direction. We would be in the trade purely for cap reasons for both NJ and ORL so I think the sign and trades would go NJs picks, Brooks and Lopez for Howard or Humphries and Brooks to us or Humphries and ORL picks or the option to swap or somethi8ng like that.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If Brooks and a first round pick were added done deal as far as I’m concerned.

  • Natedawg86

    More interested if Kim was part of the deal

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    It’s a plus for him she’s not!