In the latest update of his report on the Dwight Howard trade talks, Ken Berger reports that the Magic are in "no rush" to move Howard and that their top priority remains keeping him.
However, Berger suggests Orlando would like to start a "little bit" of a bidding war for Howard.
"The scenario as currently constructed with Gerald Wallace joining Brook Lopez in Orlando as the primary pieces is not enough to persuade the organization to move forward with the deal quickly," Berger wrote.
A "league source" told Berger, "If people think things are imminent, then they're being led down the wrong path."
Adrian Wojnarowski also throws a bit of cold water on the Trail Blazers' willingness to be the third team, or at least on what it's being offered, tweeting, "Privately, Portland believes Gerald Wallace has evolved into Blazer 'heart and soul' and are hesitant to move him for picks and cap space".
Meanwhile, Sam Amick adds one more detail to the potential deal: Johan Petro would be sent to Orlando with Lopez and Wallace.
Does Lakers-Paul bode well for Nets-Howard? - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
- Magic in talks with Nets, Trail Blazers about Dwight Howard deal - Sam Amick - Sports Illustrated
- 5 on 5: What if Nets land Dwight Howard? - ESPN
- Dwight Howard deal lacking for Magic - Zach Lowe - Sports Illustrated