Yahoo Sports reported the latest proposed trade involves three teams and at least 10 players in addition to multiple first-round draft picks.
The Brooklyn Nets have emerged as the most likely landing spot for Howard, who said two weeks ago that Brooklyn is the only team on his wish list and that if traded elsewhere, he'll refuse a long-term contract extension.
The Lakers' reported offer of center Andrew Bynum and a first-round pick might not be as attractive considering Los Angeles parted with its top pick in 2013 and '15 to land point guard Steve Nash last week. In addition, the 24-year-old Bynum is in the final year of his deal and, like Howard, wants to control his long-term marketability by going to free agency next summer. One the Howard situation is settled and the Lakers decide the future of Pau Gasol, Bynum is a candidate for a maximum contract with the Lakers.
The deal on the table as of Monday involved Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark going to the Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez, Damion James, Sheldon Williams and three future first-round picks from the Nets. Cleveland would trade Luke Walton to Orlando and in return the Cavaliers would reportedly receive Quentin Richardson from Orlando, Sundiata Gaines and Kris Humphries from the Nets, who would also throw in $3 million and a future first-round pick.
The final part of the deal: The Nets need to find a fourth team willing to trade a first-round pick for guard MarShon Brooks. ESPN reported the Clippers emerged as the landing spot for Brooks and would send a lottery-protected first-rounder to the Magic.