Bye-Bye Brooklyn, Reports State D-Howard To Nets Deal Off Table

It appears that all of the talk of the so-called “Super Team” in Brooklyn, over the past few weeks was all for not, as the “New York Post” reported Wednesday afternoon, that according to their sources the Brooklyn Nets have broken off negotiations with the Orlando Magic to reach a deal that would have sent All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Nets. The paper’s sources state that the deal fell apart after Brooklyn signed their own restricted Free Agent center Brook Lopez, to a four-year contract extension for a reported $60.8 million.

Although the Nets truly wanted the best center playing in the Association on their team, they still will field a very formidable starting lineup, with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson in the back-court, Gerald Wallace at small forward, Lopez in the middle and probably recently signed European forward Mirza Teletovic, at the power forward position.

The situation however, is rather somber in Orlando as the present time, as new Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan, while not saying the deal with Brooklyn was dead, did tell reporters that talks had stalled when he addressed the media on Wednesday. With Howard inferring, that the only team he would sign an extension was Brooklyn, it severely limits the Magic’s options, although there have been reports of a possible deal involving the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers, or possibly both teams.

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