The Orlando Magic have ended trade talks for Dwight Howard, sources have told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
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Howard has been the center of rampant speculation over the past several weeks after the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year apparently requested a trade from the Magic to the New Jersey Nets. Howard, 26, is expected to opt-out of his contract at the end of this season, however his commitment to re-sign with the Magic long-term has remained up in the air. Some within the Magic organization have reportedly expressed optimism about retaining Howard despite his demands.
It was reported this morning that the Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, and an unnamed franchise were working on creating a four-team deal that would send Howard and Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu to New Jersey. In return it was believed that the Magic would receive Nets center Brook Lopez and Trail Blazers swingman Gerald Wallace.
The Magic front office also reportedly spoke with the Los Angeles Lakers about a potential deal for Howard. Last season, the five-time All-Star averaged 22.9 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. It is believed he will become a free agent next offseason through an opt-out clause in his contract.