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Report: No Dwight Howard trade imminent, but Nets in front of line

Dec 14, 2011, 2:26 AM EDT

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In the end, there will be no trade of Dwight Howard until the Orlando Magic are completely and utterly convinced that they cannot sign him to stay, and then that they got the best possible deal they could for him. Neither of those things are going to happen before Dec. 25.

But should the Magic ever read the writing on the wall — Howard did ask to be traded — the Nets may be the team with the best offer to get him.

That’s because a multi-team deal seems to be coming together, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo.

Talks between the Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets for a Dwight Howard blockbuster trade have gathered momentum over the past several days, and the framework of a possible four-team deal has taken shape, league sources told Yahoo! Sports….

No deal was imminent, but several league sources said talks were entering a crucial time, and the Nets were trying to get the proposal’s complex framework completed in the near future. Magic GM Otis Smith has been working with (Nets GM Billy) King on the possible deal. Orlando has also been listening to overtures elsewhere in the NBA, sources said.

Howard reportedly narrowed his list of places he would sign an extension to four places: New Jersey, Dallas, Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando.

At its core, the Nets’ offer would still involve Howard going to the Nets, along with Hedo Turkoglu.

The Magic are patient. They see their name on that list of possible extension locations and even though GM Smith realizes he has about the same chance of getting a date with Halle Barry he can’t give up the hope of keeping Howard. The suitors will be there whenever. Let some team panic and up their bid.

But when the Magic do realize it’s time, the Nets are going to be standing front and center.

  1. edweird0 - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    Outta the four pl

  2. handlelikevanexel - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    Nets are shooting themselves in the foot waiting on Howard. Now Nene resigned with Denver and they will pretty much have the same roster. The season ends with a 1st round defeat to one of the top 4 teams in the east and then Deron Williams will not resign with the Nets and they will be left with Brooke Lopez. Either push this Howard trade aggressively or sign someone else to help your team. By the time Howard says I am staying with the Magic, the Nets will end up with the short end of the stick.

    • david8726 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:24 AM

      I think there’s a better chance of me getting a date with Allison Brie than Dwight Howard staying in Orlando.

      I can’t recall one situation where a star player on a small market team has sent strong signals that he’s going to leave the team, going as far as to ask to be traded, and then ultimately stayed with that franchise.

      Yea, Howard softened his stance the other day when he talked about how much he loves Orlando and blah blah blah. But of course he’s going to say that. Howard is a nice guy and he doesn’t want to stomp on the franchise that drafted him, so he’s gonna be nice and say the right things about how he loves Orlando.

      But look at the big picture.

      – He’s already made trade requests.
      – There was the [not so] secret meeting with the Nets just before training camp
      – Orlando’s roster, frankly, just doesn’t have the types of good young pieces who will help Howard continue to win big in the future. New Jersey does in Deron Williams.

      I feel bad for Magic fans, but he’s as good as gone.

      • baron30 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:31 AM

        Kobe threatened on a couple of occasions

      • david8726 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:40 AM

        I said that I can’t ever remember a superstar threatening to leave a *small market* team and then staying. I was very specific with that choice of words because I definitely remember the Kobe trade demands.

      • gpatrick15 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:43 AM

        @Baron

        1. Kobe and Dwight are two different types of players with two different personalities.
        2. Kobe had no leverage. They weren’t going to trade him anyway.
        3. “Small market” was explicitly stated.

      • comeonnowguys - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:37 AM

        I stopped paying attention after Allison Brie. What were we talking about?

  3. handlelikevanexel - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:47 AM

    Wake up Avery. Mikhail P is more focused on running for Russian Presidency. If he becomes the president, the only player the Nets will be able to sign is Kirilenko, Mikhail P will demand it :)

  4. lakerade - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    I’m losing my mind, it’s either not enough trading or too much reporting, but either way it’s too much. Boo, Stern.

  5. florida727 - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Is Howard waiting to see where Chris Paul goes? If I were Howard and had a chance to play for the next “x” years with a true point guard like CP3, I’d show a little patience too.

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