There is one less team that will be involved in the hunt for Orlando Magic Center, Dwight Howard, as the Nets have pulled their name out of the running for the All-Star center, according to Chris Sheridan.
Breaking news: #Nets are out of Dwight Howard sweepstakes. They will keep Brook Lopez, and probably Kris Humphries, too.— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) July 11, 2012
The Nets have been the on-again-off-again favorite to land Howard, but with how long the whole trade episode has taken, they have made the choice to move on and focus on re-signing their own free-agent big men, Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries.
This is breaking news, as the Magic have reportedly put a hold on Howard trade talks to focus on their coaching search, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.
The Magic informed Dwight Howard that they are suspending trade talks, according to source. Orlando will now focus on their coaching search.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 11, 2012
There have been various trade scenarios between the two teams and the Magic, including a three-way trade (per SI.com) where Howard would end up with the Lakers, Andrew Bynum would end up in Houston and the Magic would receive various young players, draft picks and cap room to rebuild.
As the Dwight Howard saga continues, one can only hope for a quick end to one of the longest-running soap operas in sports.