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NBA roundup: Nets propose 10-player deal to try to acquire Howard

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The Brooklyn Nets' latest proposed trade in their attempt to acquire Orlando center Dwight Howard involves three teams and at least 10 players in addition to multiple first-round draft picks, Yahoo! Sports reported.

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 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. The pick would be sent to Orlando. ESPN reported the Clippers emerged as the landing spot for Brooks and would send a lottery-protected first-rounder to the Magic.

--The Knicks agreed to a four-year, $15 million deal to retain sharpshooter Steve Novak on Monday.

Novak, 28, was claimed off waivers from the Spurs before the start of the 2011-12 season and shot 47 percent from 3-point range in 54 games with the Knicks.

The Knicks retained early Bird rights on Novak an independent arbitrator ruled, which allowed the franchise to exceed the salary cap to keep him.

Novak will officially sign his contract with the Knicks on Wednesday, when the free agent moratorium is lifted.

--Indiana Pacers restricted free agent Roy Hibbert was in Portland on Monday to take a physical, but he'll return to the Pacers next season after the team extended a four-year, $58 million offer that essentially served to match the Trail Blazers' maximum value offer sheet.

When the NBA moratorium on signings ends Wednesday, Hibbert will have a four-year, $58 million deal with the Pacers. Indiana could have waited three days until Hibbert's offer sheet became official but opted to offer an identical deal to expedite the signing.

Hibbert, 25, had opted to sign Portland's offer after the Pacers initially did not offer a maximum deal to keep him.

---Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade told ESPN's Rachel Nicholds that the arthroscopic surgery performed on his left knee Monday morning went well.

Wade will miss the London Olympics as a result of the surgery, but he should be ready for the start of the next NBA season. Recovery times for such a procedure is typically six to eight weeks.

The knee had bothered Wade throughout the season and particularly in the playoffs.

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