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2011 Free Agency

Bucher Paints Rosy Picture on Nets; Magic Ownership Is Impediment

Rick Bucher told Mike and Mike of ESPN Radio Monday that the Nets remain in the driver's seat for Dwight Howard and that big impediment to getting a deal done is not Otis Smith but "ownership", specifically Rich DeVos and CEO Alex Martins. Bucher also thinks that the Magic still believe they can convince Howard to stay.

King Planning for Howard Trade

Sam Amick tries his hand at deciphering the Dwight Howard comments (or lack thereof) over the past several days and thinks that the 6'11' center is more likely to stay in Orlando and could even exercise his $19.5 million player option and avoid being the meanie in Orlando.

Howard: "Process Affecting Me"

An apparently distraught Dwight Howard told Orlando media that he has been deeply affected by the trade rumors flying around him, and admitted that in spite attempts to block it out, "it's been affecting me all season."

When Does The Dwightmare End?

Shaun Powell, writing for, thinks the time for a decision from Dwight Howard is running down, but also believes that the Magic may have played a weak hand as well as they could have. Sure, Howard must give the final word on whether he will stay or go, but by waiting on him, it's made its trade options more appealing, at least with the Nets.

Smith: "Nothing Has Changed"

Thursday was the day that the Magic were supposed to ask Dwight Howard where things stood, did he still want to leave and where else besides the Nets, Lakers and Mavericks did he want to be dealt. No one has said if the meeting took place or if it had, what happened, but Otis Smith gave Magic fans little hope when talking to Craig Sager of TNT.

Schmitz: Magic Must Consider Lopez

Brian Schmitz, the Orlando Sentinel columnist, has long been an advocate of trading Dwight yesterday. He had until the last couple of days written negatively about the prospect of the Magic obtaining Brook Lopez in exchange for Howard. Now, in tweets and a column, he's reconsidering.

"Like Protesters at a Funeral"

Two Nets got all dressed up in Nets gear Wednesday night and made their way to the Verizon Center in downtown Washington. No, they hadn't got their schedule mixed up. Nor was it a casual trip. It had a purpose: to let Dwight Howard, whose Magic were playing the Wizards, know Nets fans want him in New Jersey, Brooklyn.

Kennedy: Magic Seeking Stars To Lure Howard Into Staying

It's not just Monta Ellis the Magic are seeking to try to keep Dwight Howard. It's Steve Nash and it's whoever they think will make Howard stay...and Kennedy adds in a series of tweets and a post on HoopsWorld, Howard is being consulted.

Broussard: Howard Would Prefer Joining Nets in Free Agency

Chris Broussard offers his thoughts on the fates of various superstars after the All-Star Break and like just about everyone else believes the Nets are the "odds-on favorite" to wind up with Dwight Howard, citing among other things the Derrick Rose-like sneaker deal he could sign once the team is in Brooklyn and he's paired with Deron Williams.

Are The Lakers Out of D12 Stakes? Would Lack of Extension End It?

Here's something we missed celebrating the Nets win over the Mavericks Tuesday night, a report by Lakers play-by-play announcer and local sports reporter that Dwight Howard's agent told the Lakers over All-Star weekend that Howard won't sign an extension with Los Angeles if the Magic trade him out west. Here's what John Ireland told Colin Cowherd.

Trade Winds Gust As March 1 Nears

On Thursday, some 130 players who previously couldn't be dealt will be available for trades. The 130 are free agents signed earlier this season. As can be expected, trade winds are gusting and may reach sustained hurricane force in the next few days.

King Doesn't Fear Losing D-Will... Whose Younger Brother Plans On Coming to New Jersey

Billy KIng spoke Tuesday to Michael Kay on his ESPN Radio show. (Perhaps the YES interview will take place when he does a deal for Dwight Howard.? In the interview, King talked glowingly about Deron Williams, Dwight Howard and Kris Humphries and got in some trash talking about Kim Kardashian too.

Vecsey: Nets, Magic, Warriors Talk; Also Nets "Lean" Toward Beasley

Oh that Peter Vecsey! Near the end of a column on various trade possibilities that will begin to raise their ugly heads, he inserted this beauty: The Nets, Warriors and Magic are talking, with Brook Lopez going to Golden State, Monta Ellis to Orlando and Dwight Howard to New Jersey

Dave D Does Math On D12, D-Will

In his second half preview, Dave Dalessandro does some math on the Nets pursuit of Dwight Howard (and thus, the retention of Deron Williams. He likes the Nets chances, at least as of now.

Amick: The Nets Are "Far and Away" D12's Top Choice

Sam Amick writes Monday that while everyone waits to see what the Magic front office will do between now and March 15, for Dwight Howard, "nothing has changed about his outlook" and while the Nets, Lakers and Jazz (!) are on his list, "New Jersey is far and away the leader".

Rumors Du Jour? - Expect More

Get ready for rumors du jour on Dwight Howard and Deron Williams, but shockingly not all of them are real.

Spears: Howard Likely To Stay in Orlando Through Trade Deadline

Marc Spears, with some additional reporting by Adrian Wojnarowski, writes there are indications that Dwight Howard will not be traded before the March 15 deadline and that he is ready to continue to play for the Magic through the end of the season, setting up a wild free agency come July 1.

Will Magic Trade Howard Anywhere?

Fred Kerber and Peter Vecsey take deep looks at the Dwightmare Sunday and report it's a distinct possibility that Dwight Howard will remain with the Magic through the end of the season. The reason is that the Magic remain optimistic they can convince him to stay and a successful season and playoff run will help.

Nets Are "All-In" on D-Will & D-wight

If Deron Williams and Dwight Howard had a plan to say nothing about their possible pairing in Brooklyn, they succeeded. The closest either came to discussing it was Williams response, "We'll see" when asked about whether he and Howard would ever play together.

King Already Working on D12 Deal?

Chris Mannix offers a balanced assessment of the Magic's alternatives over the next two weeks and believes that Dwight Howard will be dealt, and in fact, he writes that Billy King is already out there, texting, phoning, thinking of ways to put together a deal...and this being Billy King, it's likely to be multi-team.

Otis Smith: "Nothing's Changed"

Sometimes you have to hunt for news in a story, particularly one that starts with the conventional wisdom that the Nets are just a sorry franchise. You know the rest. You've learned not to take it personally. And there it was in the 15th paragraph, the news from Otis Smith, Magic GM, spoken before Wednesday's game.

"Signals" and "Vibes" Are Leading Pundits To Predict D-Will To Dallas

Chad Ford in a chat Wednesday thinks there's little chance that Deron Williams is in a Nets uniform next season. Eddie Sefko, who covers the Mavericks, is pretty sure he will be in Dallas instead. There are "signals", reports Ford. More like "vibes", suggests Sefko.

Humphries Switches Agents

Kris Humphries, who looks like he'll have his second straight double-double season, is switching agents for the second time in a year, and has returned to the fold of superagent Dan Fegan. Sports Agent Blog broke the story and a league source confirmed the switch.

S-Jax, D-Will, D12 Brooklyn Bound?

Stefan Bondy talked to both Stephen Jackson and Deron Williams Sunday night and the two formed a mutual admiration society, minus only Dwight Howard.

Kerber: Nets Interested in Balkman?

Fred Kerber reports the Nets are looking into signing Renaldo Balkman, the defensive-oriented small forward who has twice had stints across the river, the second one ending this week when he was cut to make room for J.R. Smith.

Woj: It's Nets vs. Mavericks for D12

Speaking with a Boston radio show, Adrian Wojnarowski said that if Dwight Howard reaches free agency, it's likely a competition between the Nets and Mavericks, not the Celtics. Asked if Boston could mount a "full court press" to change Howard's mind and consider the Celtics, here's what Woj said.

What To Make Of D12 Comments

Brian Schmitz has long covered the Magic for the Orlando Sentinel. He has also long been an advocate of trading Dwight Howard now, if not yesterday. On Thursday, he writes about Howard's latest Sphinx-like comments...and finds them wanting.

One Month From Today...

One month from Wednesday could be the most important date in recent Nets history. It's the trade deadline and if Dwight Howard is a Net, two years of the Melo Drama and Dwightmare will have been worth it. If not...maybe we don't want to think about those consequences.

D12: "I Want To Lead Magic To Title"

Does this sound like a guy who's getting ready to leave Orlando? "I want to lead this team and be that guy. Kobe (Bryant) is that guy for the Lakers, Carmelo (Anthony) is that guy for the Knicks and (Michael) Jordan was the guy for the Bulls,’’ Dwight Howard said Monday.

ESPN Tries Its Hand At D12 Trades

Austin Link, writing for ESPN Insider, suggests that while the Magic are not going to get equal value for Dwight Howard they can get a good deal that will load up their roster with good young players and offers three scenarios involving the Bulls, Nets and Lakers (in a three team deal with the Rockets). Never mind that Chicago isn't on Howard's list.

Dwight Will Miss Orlando Love

A columnist for Orlando Sentinel quotes Magic owner Rich DeVos --and unveils a new song by local musicians-- in an attempt to show that if Dwight Howard leaves the Magic, he will be leaving the magic of love behind.

Berger: Likely D12 Moves in July

Two weeks ago, Ken Berger suggested that people should not dismiss the Lakers' chances of landing Dwight Howard. But now, he seems to saying that the Nets are still in the lead, but that fans will probably have to wait till free agency in the summer before signing him. Brooklyn, he writes, is "the clear leader in the clubhouse" but the Nets may have to wait.


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