NBA Rumors: Magic Suspend Howard Trade Talks, Focus on Coaching Staff

Michael DulkaContributor IJuly 11, 2012

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The Orlando Magic have reportedly (by Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld) suspended trade talks for Dwight Howard and shifted their focus on their search for a head coach. After days and days of rumors surrounding Howard and a potential trade, it seems that Howard will be a member of the Magic for a little while longer.

Things could get interesting, as the Brooklyn Nets trade package is contingent on Brook Lopez not signing an offer-sheet with any other teams. If the Nets are forced to match, they can't trade Lopez until December. All eyes will now turn to Brooklyn and Lopez to see what move they make. 

The Lakers would seem to become favorites with this suspension of talks because they can wait as long needed to get Bynum. Other teams interested in Howard may have to go in other directions and tie up money to make sure they don't come up empty. In doing so, they eliminate themselves from the Howard chase. 

According to Kennedy's article:

The front office wasn’t pleased with any of the offers on the table and will continue to weigh their options. Rather than rushing to make a move, Hennigan and the Magic will take a step back and reassess the situation later this offseason.

Because the Magic are taking a step back, Dwight Howard has ample opportunity to change his mind a few dozen more times concerning where he would like to play next season. 

Stepping back could be a strategic move by the Magic to get teams to bolster their offers if they hope to get Howard any time soon. It would have been nice for the organization to turn the page on the Howard era before landing a coach, but it seems they are running out of time to do so.


Update: This tweet indicates that there are conflicting reports out now


Magic GM Hennigan on reports that Howard trade talks have been suspended: "That's not accurate."

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 11, 2012