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Cleveland Cavaliers Pull Out of Dwight Howard Trade Talks

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Apr 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Magic defeated the Sixers 88-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Magic defeated the Sixers 88-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Over the past several days, the Cavaliers have been mentioned as part of a potential multi-team trade to send Dwight Howard to Brooklyn. The Cavs would have taken on Kris Humphries' salary and a couple other players to help get Dwight to the Nets. On Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Cavs were no longer part of a potential deal.

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The trade talks hit a snag when Kris Humphries was accepting nothing less than a 3 or 4 year guaranteed contract. According to the CBA, any sign and trade contract must be three years in length, but only the first year has to be fully guaranteed. The Cavs were really only willing to take on Humphries for one year. Once it became clear that he would not accept a one year guaranteed contract, the talks fell apart.

The Cavs would have only gotten a late first round pick out of the deal, so taking on a big three-year contract wasn't really worth it. As always, the Cavaliers could be dragged back into the talks, but as of right now, they're out.