ATLANTA, GA - FILE: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts after a turnover to the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. It was reported that the Orlando Magic have taken Dwight Howard off the market citing that none of the offers were worth pursuing December 14, 2011. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Dwight Howard will undergo surgery to correct a herniated disk Friday morning in Los Angeles, ending what has been a devastating year for him on and off the court. He will miss the rest of the regular season, the playoffs and almost certainly the Olympics in July, said his agent.
It also will almost certainly cause both the Magic (and Nets) to re-evaluate long and short-term plans. While Howard says he'll return to form, a herniated disk is a serious injury for a big man. The Nets were ready to pursue Howard again this off-season if Howard declined to sign an extension with the Magic, an option that appeared more and more likely.
Now, with Howard's condition uncertain, the Nets interest in him will have to be uncertain at least until training camp.
Dwight Howard will have back surgery and will not play this postseason - Josh Robbins - Orlando Sentinel