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Howard: "There Was No Meeting"; But Magic VP Insists There Was

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In spite of multiple sources who contend Dwight Howard and business associates met with Mikhail Prokhorov and Billy King Thursday night, Howard tells Chris Broussard that no such meeting took place. In a telephone conversation Friday afternoon, Howard said "there was no meeting."

Also, a "league source" also denied to Stefan Bondy that a meeting took place. A call seeking comment from Onexim, Prokhorov's company, has not yet yielded a response. However, in an interview with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Magic VP Pat Williams insisted the meeting took place and said tampering charges will be filed against the Nets.

But later in the afternoon, David Baumann, an Orlando sportscaster, tweeted that Magic CEO Alex Martins told the media "no tampering charges right now."

In other free agent news, rumors continued to swirl that the Nets were on the verge of signing Nene Hilario and Adrian Wojnarowski tweets the Nets and Knicks are reportedly in competition for Shawne Williams. The Knicks are still resisting giving Shawne Williams anything more than a one year deal. The 6'9" small forward was with the Nets for 72 hours in 2009, coming over from Dallas in the deal that brought Kris Humphries to the Nets.