ATLANTA, GA - FILE: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts after a turnover to the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. It was reported that the Orlando Magic have taken Dwight Howard off the market citing that none of the offers were worth pursuing December 14, 2011. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
After the Nets seemed to issue an ultimatum of sorts on the Dwight Howard trade talks, stating that they were looking to "resolve" the situation today one way or another, the most predictable outcome from that scenario seems to have occurred: nothing.
The tweet-progression from the last half-hour:
The Magic informed Dwight Howard that they are suspending trade talks, according to source. Orlando will now focus on their coaching search.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 11, 2012
Source confirms Brooklyn has pulled out of Dwight Howard trade talks with Orlando. Nets expected to finalize deal w/ center Brook Lopez now.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 11, 2012
Magic GM Rob Hennigan confirms (@JRudolphSports first) that the Magic have shelved trade talks w/Nets for Dwight Howard. Keeping himfor now.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 11, 2012
Listened to Hennigan presser. If you know what Orlando is going to do with Howard, you're a better person than I, Gunga Din.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 11, 2012
Reminder that "dead" trade talks are kind of like "dead" zombies in horror movies.— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) July 11, 2012
One thing that is important to remember is that if a player signs an offer sheet and it is matched, that player can't be traded for a year. So, if Portland gets their offer sheet in, there goes one of the supposed trade chips in a Howard to Brooklyn move(though, as always, I'm still unsure why Orlando would ever want to take Lopez on with a $50 million price tag).