In the latest update to his story that the Magic had ended trade talks regarding Dwight Howard, Adrian Wojnarowski quotes a source saying that Howard told friends on Tuesday that he thought the trade sending him to New Jersey was a "done deal."
But 24 hours later, it was a dead deal, and Howard's impression was that "ownership killed it." Stefan Bondy tweets that Howard's theory "is in line with what I heard about Otis Smith's suppressed role."
According to Wojnarowski, Howard reiterated his trade demand on Tuesday, but "there's still a belief among Magic officials that a successful season could help them keep Howard for the long-term." Moreover, reports Ken Berger, the Magic owners don't want to see Howard in another team's uniform when they host the All-Star Game February 26.
Dave D'Alessandro blames the "AAU mentality," and believes Billy King should just build a winning team "systematically," which wouldn't be too hard given the Nets assets.
- Magic end trade talks for Dwight Howard - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- Dwight Howard trade saga has Nets caught in the middle of a circus - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
- Sources: Magic take D-12 off trade market - Chris Ford & Marc Stein - ESPN
- Does Lakers-Paul bode well for Nets-Howard? - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
- Pingalore's sources: Howard's agent 'strong-arming' Magic - David Pingalore - WKMG Sports
- Magic in no rush to trade Dwight Howard to the Nets - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Nets keep searching for ways to fill their roster - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Iannazzone: Money driving NBA's holiday madness - Al Iannazzone - The Record
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