Report: Nets discussing trade with Magic for Dwight Howard

July 03, 2012 - 5:59 am

Even after landing All-Star guard Joe Johnson in a trade Monday and amidst being a front-runner to re-sign Deron Williams, the Nets are in active pursuit of trading for Dwight Howard, according to a report ESPN'€™s Chris Broussard. Broussard says the Nets and Magic are in talks of a trade that would send Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks and the Nets'€™ first round picks in 2013, 2015 and 2017 to Orlando for the All-Star big man. Sources, according to Broussard, are expecting Williams to re-sign in Brooklyn, citing that he was pleased with the acquisition of Johnson. Atlanta reportedly shipped him for DeShawn Stevenson, the Nets'€™ 2013 first-round pick (from Houston) and the expiring contracts of Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow and Jordan Williams on Monday. Howard has reportedly asked the Magic multiple times that he'€™d like to be traded to Brooklyn in the last week, and on Monday spoke publicly to Yahoo! Sports that he would only sign a long-term deal with one team, which is believed to be the Nets. But after they traded for Johnson, talks of a trade for Howard appeared to hit a wall.