Magic Talking To Rockets, But Nets Not Feeling Desperate

Feb 22, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) brings the ball up court against the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center. Orlando Magic defeat the New Jersey Nets 108-91. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

As the NBA moratorium period ended on Tuesday night, the latest on Dwight Howard was that the Rockets "strongly engaged" with the Magic on talks regarding a two-team trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. A three-team deal involving the Lakers is not a priority.

The Rocket offer is reportedly centered on Luis Scola, the 32-year-old power forward with three years and $30 million left on his contract; Kevin Martin, oft-injured 29-year-old shooting guard with a $12 million expiring contract and draft picks, one of which is a virtual lock to be a lottery pick. It may just be that "Orlando 'simply wants to do a deal elsewhere',” Woj reported. Howard continues to insist he will not re-sign with Houston, according to David Aldridge.

The Nets aren't out of the picture and they still want Howard. But Fred Kerber writes that they'll be OK if he goes elsewhere. They're not desperate after re-signing Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace, trading for Joe Johnson and signing Mirza Teletovic.

"The deal isn't on the coroner's slab yet and still could be done with creativity and ingenuity as a straight two-team trade," Kerber writes. "But the Nets no longer are rushing around, begging other teams to participate." Aldridge similarly said the situation with the Nets is "quiet."

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