With the Cleveland Cavaliers rumored to be the third team in a deal which would help the Brooklyn Nets land center Dwight Howard, latest reports say that the deal could hinge on the Cavs also acquiring second-year swingman Marshon Brooks.
With the Orlando Magic unwilling to take on power forward Kris Humphries, the Cleveland Cavaliers — with all of their salary cap space and short-term flexibility — were quickly added to the rumor mill as a third team to help facilitate a deal. ESPN reports that both the Nets and Magic are “cautiously optimistic” that the Cavaliers will indeed help finalize the long-discussed trade, but a key piece would also be the Cavs receiving the 23-year-old Brooks in the deal.
Although the Nets have made Brooks available, sources told ESPN that the Magic are not interested and he’s being shopped elsewhere, including Cleveland, to find a package that suits Orlando. The Magic have, to this point, turned down several trade proposals by the Nets, some including the Cavaliers who appear ready and willing to make a deal to acquire additional assets.
The 6-foot-5-inch Brooks averaged 12.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Nets during his rookie year. Prior to the All-Star game, Brooks averaged 14.6 points and 4.3 rebounds, adding at least one steal and one three-point field goal per game.