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Tables Turning in Orlando?

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Nets officials remain quietly confident that they will wind up with Dwight Howard, either in a trade or free agency and, despite the ugliness of this season, will be able to turn the Nets into a superteam by the time they arrive in Brooklyn 10 months from now.

But Magic officials are still hopeful they can change Howard's mind and get him to stay and add pieces around him. WKMG in Orlando, in fact, reported Saturday night that Howard "may be rethinking his trade request" and "has been heavily recruiting New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams to play with him in Orlando". Furthermore, the station's sports director David Pingalore reports "the Magic are trying to trade for Williams".

No other media in Orlando, New Jersey or elsewhere has confirmed the report.