UPDATE: Sunday, July 29 at 9:32 p.m. ET by Brian Mazique
We may have movement. Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio gives us:
With Dwight Howard reiterating his wish to be traded, multiple league sources predict the Orlando Magic will again step up efforts to find their All-Star center a new team.
Several of those sources told FOX Sports Ohio on Saturday they believe Howard could be traded by the end of next week.
Here we go again with As the Howard Talks Turns, but this time I think there's some fire with this smoke. The Magic gave their last-ditch effort to persuade Howard, and though many may believe they should have given up a while ago, this has to be the time.
Stay tuned for more.
UPDATE: Monday, July 23 at 8:47 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
In a bit of news that brings the absurdity full circle, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported that, according to league sources, the "Magic have told rival executives that they might not trade Dwight Howard after all."
So, they could be sincere in this statement, or they could be making a last ditch effort to increase their bargaining power.
At this point, it is useless to guess. The one thing that seems certain is that, in this fluid situation, this stance is likely to change...many times.
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 11 at 3:50 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
The Dwight Howard saga has apparently been put on pause once again. Real GM's Jarrod N Rudolph brings us up to speed.
And all of this coincided with the Nets' desperate attempt to land Howard hitting a dead end. ESPN's SportsCenter passed that along.
So there you have it; we are right back at square one.
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 11 at 12:53 a.m. ET by Richard Langford
There is another sign that the Howard to Nets deal has hit a dead end. The Nets are reportedly closing in on a max deal with Brook Lopez. There is next to zero chance that the Nets can acquire Howard without trading Lopez, and if they can't complete this deal, they won't be able to trade Lopez until December.
Real GM's Michael Scotto tweeted out the news.
UPDATE: Tuesday, July 10 at 8:56 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
The Lakers appear to be making headway in their pursuit of Howard. The Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan fills us all in.
I would say this puts the Lakers in the driver's seat here, but this has been dragging on way to long to even tell which seat is the driver's seat.
Update: Tuesday, July 10 at 7:33 p.m. EDT by Tim Keeney
The below rumors regarding a trade between the Magic, Lakers and Rockets are still a possibility, but ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Rockets and Magic are also trying to get a deal done between themselves:
The rumors continue to heat up, and one thing is sure. The Magic are exploring a vast amount of different options to ship Dwight Howard out of town.
Lots of teams would hurry to make a deal happen, but Rob Hennigan and the Magic are being smart by taking their time.
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Update: Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. EDT by Ryan Rudnansky
While there is a shot of a three-team trade between the Magic, Lakers and Rockets, it appears the Magic and Nets would still like a two-way swap to work.
Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM.com tweeted on Tuesday:
The big reason for this is that Howard has said he will only sign an extension with the Nets before he hits free agency in 2013.
If the deal between the Magic and Nets crumbles, however, the Lakers will go after Howard regardless, per Rudolph:
Update: Tuesday, July 10 at 6:39 p.m. EDT by Ryan Rudnansky
The Magic, Lakers and Rockets now appear to be packaging a different deal, with Andrew Bynum going to the Rockets and Dwight Howard going to the Lakers, according to Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD.
The deal would also send "a number of first-round picks, prospects and significant cap relief to the Magic," per Kennedy.
This trade makes sense in a number of respects. The Magic would be able to rebuild with a good deal of young talent, the Lakers would get their man and the Rockets would be able to fill the void at center. Bynum is rumored to like the Rockets, which could see him signing an extension before he hits free agency if he's traded to Houston.
Update: Tuesday, July 10 at 4:35 p.m. EDT by Ryan Rudnansky
Well, looks like the Nets and Magic are thinking about making a simple two-team trade work after the Cavaliers pulled out of talks on Tuesday.
Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD tweeted:
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Update: Tuesday, July 10 at 1:00 p.m. EDT by Ben Chodos
The Orlando Magic have once again started fielding offers from teams other than the Brooklyn Nets for their superstar center.
A source relayed to ESPN's Ric Bucher that the Atlanta Hawks were inquiring about Dwight Howard, but the Magic believed the Hawks were "not the best option," per ESPN.com.
Talks over four-team deal involving the Magic, Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers—which would land Howard in Brooklyn—are continuing, but have still not moved closer to a conclusion.
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Update: Monday, July 9 at 4:10 p.m. EDT by Matt Shetler
ESPN's Chad Ford sheds some light on the rumored fourth team involved in the proposed blockbuster.
Ford notes that the Los Angeles Clippers are the fourth team and would acquire MarShon Brooks in exchange for a protected first round pick.
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Update: Monday, July 9 at 2:10 p.m. EDT by Matt Shetler
Yahoo's Wojnarowski also adds that the proposed deal between the Magic, Cavs and Nets could potentially contain up to 10 different players switching teams.
He also adds that the Nets need to get a fourth team involved to take on the contract of MarShon Brooks in exchange for a first round pick that the Nets would send to Orlando.
Wojnarowski breaks it down as follows:
In the proposed deal, Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark would be sent to Brooklyn, and the Magic would receive the Nets' Brook Lopez, Damion James, Sheldon Williams, Cleveland's Luke Walton and three future first-round picks, sources said. Cleveland would receive Orlando's Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn's Sundiata Gaines, Kris Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Brooklyn also would send Brooks to a fourth team to get them an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic.
The trade on paper would accomplish two of the Magic's goals, as they would acquire plenty of draft picks and send out a ton of salary, although they wouldn't be receiving a whole lot of young talent in return.
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Update: Monday, July 9 at 1:48 p.m. EDT by Matt Shetler
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports via Twitter that the Dwight Howard trade is potentially gaining steam and that the Nets could be receiving Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark from the Magic.
Wojnarowski adds that the Magic would receive Brook Lopez, Damion James,Shelden Williams, Luke Walton and three or four first round picks as part of the proposed deal.
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Update: Monday, July 9 at 9:07 a.m. EDT by Matt Shetler
The Dwight Howard saga could be coming to an end very soon, as this may be the closest that the Magic have come to finding a deal for their franchise center since the Howard soap opera began, close to a year ago.
Oddly enough, the Cleveland Cavaliers and owner Dan Gilbert, who has very vocal about competitive balance, could be the team to push Howard to the Nets.
Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld tweets that Magic brass are meeting this morning to discuss whether to pull the trigger on the proposed Nets/Cavs deal.
In addition, Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the deal could involve 14 players and that there could be a fourth team involved to take on the contract of MarShon Brooks.
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